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Fruit2O supports American Diabetes Association with new campaign

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI A fruit-flavored water brand is pledging to curb diabetes in the United States with a new campaign.

Fruit2O said — through its Small Changes>Lifelong Results campaign — it will pledge $1 to every pledge made by consumers at local events and on the brand’s Facebook page, up to a total of $5,000. Fruit2O said that the participating market with the most pledges by Aug. 15 will earn an additional $15,000. The challenge will benefit the American Diabetes Association.

From May 14 to Aug. 8, the Fruit2O brand will visit 10 markets to promote the Small Changes>Lifelong Results campaign, encouraging consumers to participate via the following:

  • Pledge Wall: Consumers may visit a traveling pledge wall that will be located at Fruit2O water booths at various local events. Visitors to the booth will receive free samples of Fruit2O products along with the chance to write their own “small change” on a large card and post it on the pledge wall for others to read.  For a schedule of local events, visit Fruit2O’s Page on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/fruit2o.
  • Facebook:  If consumers cannot attend the sampling events, they can digitally submit their “small change” on the online pledge wall at www.facebook.com/fruit2o, and select a participating American Diabetes Association market to receive the pledge.  The pledge donation supports the following American Diabetes Association markets:  Chicago; Boston; Hartford/New Haven, Conn.; Washington, D.C.; New York; Cincinnati; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Philadelphia; Baltimore, Md.; and Detroit. Only one pledge per person, regardless of method of entry, is allowed. See Fruit2O’s Page on Facebook for full participation rules.

The Fruit2O brand will also help promote the American Diabetes Association’s StepOut: Walk to Fight Diabetes walks at its sampling events.

“Nearly 24 million American children and adults have diabetes while 57 million have pre-diabetes. By changing our nutrition and activity levels, we can help prevent or delay the Type 2 diabetes epidemic,” said Christine Tobin, CDE, president, health care and education, American Diabetes Association. “Campaigns such as this can help adults transition towards a healthier lifestyle and provide additional resources and educational information to our communities.”

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Meijer to carry Reed’s product lines

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Select Reed’s beverage lines will be distributed in Meijer stores throughout five states, the soda maker announced Tuesday.

Reed’s and Virgil’s beverages will be carried throughout Meijer’s 191 supercenter stores across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Neal Cohane, SVP sales and marketing at Reed’s said, “The opportunity to work with Meijer, a true innovator and retailing powerhouse, is very exciting. We look forward to enhancing the portfolio of high quality natural premium products that discriminating consumers have come to expect at Meijer’s supercenters. Our sales team’s efforts over the past two-and-a-half years are continuing to pay off. The demand for our brands is contagious and is reflected in this new direct delivery distribution partnership with Meijer, the pioneer of the modern day supercenter.”

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group supports child’s play with partnership

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group is supporting kids at play by partnering with nonprofit organization KaBoom! to build playgrounds in communities.

The DPS partnership with KaBoom! will result in 10 new playgrounds in cities including Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, Ohio, Rogers, Ark., Waco, Texas, Victorville, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla. DPS brand Mott’s will sponsor the second annual “KaBoom! Play Days” from Sept.18 to 26, which supports fit and active lifestyles for children.

“As a company, we strive to make a difference in the communities in which we do business,” said Larry Young, president and CEO of DPS.  “Because play is so important for ensuring the next generation is healthy and fit, we’re expanding our partnership with KaBoom! this year to ensure more families nationwide have great places to play.”

To learn more about the DPS and KaBoom! partnership, visit www.drpeppersnapple.com.

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