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Yoplait, celebrity chef Ellie Krieger push benefits of digestive health for women

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS Registered dietitian, celebrity chef, and New York Times best-selling author Ellie Krieger, of Food Network fame, earlier this month joined Yoplait Yo-Plus in promoting the benefits of digestive health, General Mills announced.

With women looking for more natural ways to regulate their digestion through food choices, probiotics continue to gain notoriety. In fact, according to the Yo-Plus survey, nearly two-thirds of women are familiar with probiotics, a strong indication that this health trend is gaining momentum as women become more aware of their options for healthy eating.

“Keeping your digestive system on track is an important part of healthy living,” Krieger stated. “Maintaining positive lifestyle habits are especially important throughout the holidays, which are fraught with high stress situations and excessive eating.”

 

According to a recent Yoplait Yo-Plus survey, nine-out-of-10 women have become committed to their digestive health in the last five years and eight-out-of-10 prefer to regulate their digestion through foods.

“Yo-Plus contains the added benefit of probiotics and fiber for digestive health,” Krieger said. Yo-Plus contains live and active probiotic cultures specifically designed for digestive health and can naturally regulate the balance of microorganisms in the digestive system when eaten daily.

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Gourmet chocolate-maker Taza opens doors for tours, tempts palates across the country

BY Melissa Valliant

SOMERVILLE, Mass. The taste of chocolate never ceases to be magical, and an up-and-coming chocolate maker in Somerville, Mass., is opening its doors to show chocolate lovers how the magic happens through Willy Wonka-style tours.

Taza chocolate isn’t anything like your typical Hershey bar. It boasts a more rich, refined taste that combines earthy flavors, all of which stem from 100 percent direct-trade, organic ingredients, as Taza buys directly from farmers and harvesters.

Top-notch Boston restaurants are adding Taza chocolates and chocolate-based confections to their menus, and wine and beer connoisseurs are finding unique combinations of drinks to present at regular tastings and pairings. The factory tours allow visitors to be led through the chocolate process by one of the two founders, Alex Whitmore and Larry Slotnick, where visitors can observe the handful of Taza employees hard at work at constructing chocolate creations. Dark chocolate samples, including 60, 70 and 80 percent bars and flavored chocolate drinks, are offered on the tours.

All of the chocolate-making takes place at the Somerville factory, a rare situation among U.S. chocolate manufacturers. But beware of a Taza chocolate addiction, as it will cost you. One 3-ounce bar is priced at $6.50.

Taza chocolate candies are available at Massachusetts retailers such as Boston Organics, Greenfield’s Market and Whole Foods Markets, as well as hundreds of other grocers and retailers across the United States.

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Pepperidge Farm introduces famous Australian cookie to Americans

BY Melissa Valliant

NORWALK, Conn. Australians have been obsessed with Tim Tam, an Arnott’s-invented chocolate biscuit, for years. Now Pepperidge Farm, sister company to Arnott’s, is bringing the Australian favorite to the United States this November exclusively through Target stores. Tim Tam, which was rated the No.1 chocolate biscuit in Australia, is composed of two layers of chocolate-malted biscuit, filled with a light chocolate cream filling and covered in a thin layer of textured chocolate.

Arnott’s has been making the snack for more than 40 years, selling approximately 35 million packs each year. Pepperidge Farm, a subsidiary of Campbell Soup Company (like Arnott’s), is introducing Tim Tam in Chocolate Creme and Caramel varieties with a suggested retail price of $3.39. The tasty Australian treat will be available through March of next year.

“In keeping with the tradition of our founder, Margaret Rudkin, Pepperidge Farm is thrilled to introduce Tim Tam to American consumers. Margaret searched the globe to bring back delectable cookies and crackers to the United States that are now beloved icons to Americans, much like Tim Tam biscuits are to Australians,” said Michael Simon, senior vice president and general manager of the Pepperidge Farm snacks division. “We’re certain Americans will soon understand why this scrumptious cookie is all the rage in Australia.”

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