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Wholly Guacamole brand introduces avocado dips, spreads

BY Gisselle Gaitan

The makers of the Wholly Guacamole Brand are expanding their list of products available to consumers, by launching a new line called Wholly Simply Avocado dips and spreads.

Simply Avocado dips and spreads offer always ripe and great tasting avocados year-round without any mess, the company said. There will be a variety of five new flavors, two already launching in stores and three coming in the near future. The currently launched dips and spreads are:

  • Sea Salt – made with avocado and sea salt; and
  • Garlic Herb – made with garlic, parsley, sea salt and a touch of lime.

The three flavors launching soon are:

  • Roasted Pepper –  made with roasted bell peppers, sea salt, avocado and a touch of lime juice;
  • Jalapeño Lime – made with avocado, lime juice, jalapeño peppers and sea salt; and
  • Just Avocado – made with nothing but avocado.

"Because of its great taste and corresponding nutrition benefits, people all across the U.S. want to eat more avocado, but often struggle with the reality of finding a perfectly ripe one," Diana De Loza, innovation manager at MegaMex Foods, said. "The Simply Avocado brand offers a simple and convenient solution for enjoying real avocado as a spread, topping or dip. With no need for mashing or preparation, there's no hassle or fuss – just open the package and let the enjoyment begin!"

Wholly Simply Avocado dips and spreads are made with hand-scooped Hass avocados, are gluten free, kosher certified and contain no preservatives. The products are packaged in a peel-back tray and can currently be found in Walmart locations throughout the nation for the suggested retail price of $3.68–$4.19. 

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American Greetings celebrates Hanukkah with cards, gift wrap

BY Gisselle Gaitan

The Cleveland-based American Greetings is embracing the spirit of Hanukkah with newly unveiled cards and gift wrap. Drawing inspiration from the deep-rooted tradition far beyond dreidel games, the company believes the products will appeal to a wide range of customers.

Using real-life language for an authentic connection, American Greetings' collection for the Festival of Lights displays the iconic subject matter of the holiday. Bright colors, temporary illustrations and fresh fonts add joy to the holiday which is celebrated from Dec. 12 to 20.  

The company will be combining both Christmas and Hanukkah themes on cards for those who celebrate both holidays. Included as part of the collection is gift packaging, which will come in designs channeling the traditional symbolism of the holiday, along with festive letters and colorings. 

Consumers are able to purchase the new line of Hanukkah products from American Greetings at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers across the nation, as well as on its website. 

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Wine.com expands pickup services to Walgreens, Albertsons banners

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Wine.com has announced plans to not only expand the number of locations where consumers can pick up their order after placing it, but also to include many of the nation’s leading retailers in this new venture.

The California-based company has tripled its number of locations to more than 10,000 across the nation, including 1,000 locations in California and more than 500 in New York that are already established. The new sites expand beyond the already available FedEx Office locations to now include Walgreens, Duane Reade, Safeway, Shaws, Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Fred Meyer and more.

“Customers love our massive selection, deep wine content, live chat sommeliers and free shipping membership,” Rich Bergsund, Wine.com CEO, said.  “Now we’ll deliver to a location near you, for pickup on your schedule — no more waiting to sign for your wine delivery. I use Wine.com local pickup for all my wine deliveries.”

The company said that this new service will take out the inconvenience of waiting for a delivery, seeing as someone who is 21 years old or older must be the one to sign for the package. Most pickup sites will be open nights and weekends, with some offering 24/7 availability, Wine.com said. Hours and nearest locations can be found on Wine.com’s website. 

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