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Nestle teams up with Cleveland Clinic for collaborative study

BY Allison Cerra

GLENDALE, Calif. Nestle announced Thursday its donation to Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute to fund a collaborative study focused on examining the effects of a diet rich in whole grains on body composition and energy metabolism.

Nestle USA chairman and CEO Brad Alford said the collaboration "combines Nestle’s core expertise in nutrition with Lerner Research Institute’s scientific vision, and will help us define the scientific basis for new product development. Our ultimate goal is to provide good tasting products with nutritional benefits to consumers."

The 26-week study will enroll 40 to 50 people, who will eat meals provided by Nestle Prepared Food Co.’s facility in Solon, Ohio — home to the nation’s leading frozen food brands, Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine. During the first phase, one group’s diet will include most of their carbohydrates coming from whole grains while the other will receive meals with carbohydrates mainly from refined grains. During the second phase, the two groups will switch diets. Each study participant will receive complementary nutrition counseling, food and medical testing.

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Hostess debuts Breakfast Classics

BY Allison Cerra

IRVING, Texas Hostess is getting sweet on breakfast.

New Hostess Breakfast Classics are designed for on-the-go consumers. The new line includes:

  • Twin pack blueberry muffins
  • Twin pack chocolate chip muffins
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Glazed honey buns
  • Jumbo honey buns
  • Berry and cheese danishes
  • Cheese danishes
  • Iced cheese danishes
  • Apple danishes
  • Bear claws

“For consumers on the go, Hostess Breakfast Classics offer convenient and delicious options that deliver the fresh, great taste consumers look for in our products,” said Mike Touhey, VP snack marketing at Hostess.

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Kettle introduces Tias! tortilla chips

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO Diamond Foods’ Kettle brand is expanding to include all-natural tortilla chips.

New Kettle Tias! line will be offered in six flavors, including salsa picante, zesty ranch, nacho cheddar, toasted corn, sweet Baja barbeque and chili con queso. The entire line is made of certified organic corn, expeller pressed oil and all-natural seasonings.

“Kettle Brand Tias! is a strong opportunity for our company to leverage the innovation strength of the Kettle brand and place it into an adjacent segment. The natural tortilla chip segment is 40% larger than the natural potato chip segment,” said Michael Mendes, chairman, president and CEO of Diamond Foods.

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