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Wonderful Pistachios get heart-healthy mark

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES — A brand of pistachios will carry the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark, the company that markets it said.

Paramount Farms said Monday that its Wonderful Pistachios Lightly Salted and No Salt packages would carry the AHA’s mark, indicating that it’s a heart-healthy product. The AHA created the mark in 1995.

"Having nuts officially included in AHA’s Heart-Check program means it’ll be that much easier for people to find heart-smart snacks," Paramount Farms senior nutrition communications manager Maggie Moon said. "This is especially relevant today because Americans are snacking more than ever, often using snacks as a way to boost the overall nutrition they get for the day."

Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education director Gary Foster said almost 90% of the fat found in pistachios is the healthy, unsaturated kind. "Compare in-shell pistachios to other popular snack foods like packaged cookies or nachos, which can be high in both saturated and trans fats, and the choice for healthy snacking is clear."

 

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Unilever completes sale of Skippy brand to Hormel in most markets

BY Alaric DeArment

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever has mostly completed its sale of the Skippy peanut butter brand to Hormel Foods, the company said Friday.

The conglomerate said it had completed the $700 million sale of the global business, except for China, where it remains subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close later this year.

The two companies announced the deal on Jan. 3, including the brand’s trademarks and two factories, in the United States and China.


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YoCrunch launches Yopa! Greek yogurt brand

BY Alaric DeArment

NAUGATUCK, Conn. — YoCrunch has introduced a new line of Greek yogurt, the company said.

Yopa! is described as an authentic, strained Greek yogurt whose name is a portmanteau of "Yo" for "yogurt" and the traditional Greek cheer for joy, "opa!"

The company has hired 2012 Olympic gold medalist and Associated Press female athlete of the year Gabby Douglas to promote the brand.

The yogurt, made from regionally sourced milk, is available around the country for $1.39 per cup and $3.49 per four-pack and is available with a variety of toppings, including granola, toasted almonds and dark chocolate pieces.

 

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