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Winn-Dixie caters to kosher sect in Miami

BY Gail Hoffer

MIAMI — Winn-Dixie has completed the remodeling of its Miami-area store in Aventura that will better cater to the community’s Jewish residents with expanded kosher offerings.

The remodeled store also features a cleaner, more modern and attractive setting, hardwood flooring throughout the produce, deli and bakery departments, and a dedicated area offering free Wi-Fi access and complimentary coffee, the company reported.

“We are excited to deliver on our promise of providing our guests with a fresh, new shopping experience at their Aventura Winn-Dixie Store,” said Randy Rambo, Winn-Dixie Southern regional VP. “This store exemplifies our fresh and local strategy and serves as a one-stop grocery destination catering to the needs, tastes and preferences of the surrounding community.”

The expanded kosher offerings include bigger kosher departments, kosher-certified products and such freshly prepared foods as Israeli foods, pareve snacks, kosher meats and cheeses, freshly-baked breads and customized specialty cakes. All kosher departments will be operated under the supervision of the Orthodox Rabbinical Board.

With one of the largest Jewish communities in the United States, which includes many who are transplants from the Northeast where several supermarkets provide robust kosher offerings, Miami is a key market for kosher products, and other area supermarkets likely will follow Winn-Dixie’s lead.

Winn-Dixie Stores currently operates 484 retail grocery locations, including 379 in-store pharmacies, in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi.

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May-31-2011 10:40 pm

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Researchers find link between flu, asthma

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON — Researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston have discovered the reason why influenza may induce asthma attacks among children.

A team led by senior investigator Dale Umets found that the flu can activate a newly recognized group of immune cells called natural helper cells, which prompts asthma attacks to occur. An infection, the team found, stimulates production of a compound called IL-33, which activates natural helper cells, which in turn secrete asthma-inducing compounds.

This discovery also may imply that existing asthma medications aren’t effective enough, especially when a child is diagnosed with the flu or some other viral infection.

"Virtually 100% of asthmatics get worse with a viral infection," Umetsu said. "We really didn’t know how that happened, but now we have an explanation, at least for influenza. Without these cells being activated, infection did not cause airway hyperreactivity, the cardinal feature of asthma. Now we can start to think of this [biological] pathway as a target, IL-33, the natural helper cell itself or the factors it produces."

The findings were published in the journal Nature Immunology.

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Cool Gear introduces new, reusable on-the-go items

BY Allison Cerra

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Cool Gear has introduced a new set of reusable water bottles, cups and food containers that are designed to keep food and drinks chilled for a long period of time.

The lineup includes:

  • The EZ Freeze Freeze n’ Lock leak-proof, stackable food storage containers with patented nontoxic freezer gel and lids that snap and lock to keep food fresh. They are available in three colors — blue, green and purple — and shapes — circular, rectangular and square;

  • The EZ Freeze Eco 2 Go Gel Chiller reusable double-wall insulated cup with lid and straw featuring the patented nontoxic freezer gel that keeps drinks cooler longer. It is available in 20- and 24-oz. sizes in four colors — blue, green, orange and pink;

  • The redesigned Pure line of on-the-go, 24-oz. water filtration bottles features a sleek new body and is available in four colors — green, blue, pink or orange. Each includes a patented nontoxic freezer stick filtration system that simultaneously cools and purifies up to 150 gallons of water — helping to replace more than 1,100 disposable 16.9-oz. water bottles with each carbon filter, while reducing the odor and taste of chlorine from tap water; and

  • The Design-a-Bottle allows users to create a customized 20-oz. double-wall hydration bottle complete with personal photos, graphics and text by using the Design-a-Bottle feature on Cool Gear’s website.

Cool Gear products can be found nationwide in such retailers as Target, Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, CVS and more.

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