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Healthy Food Brands candies now available at Walmart stores

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK New better-for-you confections now are available at Walmart, thanks to Healthy Food Brands.

The chain is offering three new varieties of Simply Lite high cacao-content chocolate and Sunkist sugar-free hard candies made with real fruit juice. Simply Lite are gluten-free chocolate bars available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate and dark chocolate with almonds. Sunkist sugar-free hard candies are sweetened with real fruit juice and Splenda, and are available in such classic and exotic flavors as strawberry, lemon, cherry, orange, pineapple, kiwi, mango and passion fruit.

“Initial response from Walmart customers has been extremely positive,” said Healthy Food Brands VP Russ Asaro. “Walmart is extremely selective about the brands they bring out nationally, so we’re excited by the validation they’ve given to our products.”

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Breyers launches new YoCrunch fruit parfait

BY Allison Cerra

BOULDER, Colo. Breyers is expanding its YoCrunch brand with a new delectable offering.

New YoCrunch fruit parfait provides consumers with a layered fruit, yogurt and granola parfait at just 120 calories per serving. It is available in three classic fruit flavors — strawberry, blueberry and peach — at a suggested retail price of $2.89 for each four-pack container.

“We are thrilled to introduce another innovation in the yogurt category with the arrival of YoCrunch fruit parfait,” said Jim Nolan, Breyers CEO. “McDonald’s, Panera Bread and others have popularized these healthy and great-tasting products, and now the YoCrunch brand is making it possible for the consumer to enjoy this nutritious trend in the convenience of their home.”

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Unilever states sustainability goals for paper packaging

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Unilever is committing to its environmental sustainability by sourcing 75% of its paper and board packaging from sustainably managed forests or from recycled material by 2015, rising to 100% by 2020.

Marc Engel, Unilever’s chief procurement officer, said: “As a leading consumer goods company, we buy considerable quantities of paper and board for packaging to ensure our products are protected and transported safely. As such it is important that we promote sustainable forestry practices and help combat deforestation and climate change through the responsible sourcing of these materials.”

Unilever is a founding member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, which has over 160 members, including packaging users, producers and retailers.

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