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Nestle Toll House relaunches with ‘new batch’ label

BY Allison Cerra

SOLON, Ohio After almost two months of being out of the U.S. marketplace, Nestle USA is pleased to announce that Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough is returning to stores this week.

To make it easy for both retail partners and consumers to identify the new batch of cookie dough, a blue “new batch” label will appear on all new production cookie dough items. Nestle Toll House shipping cases also are marked in blue (rather than the previous black) to denote new production and will contain the statement: “Do not consume raw cookie dough.” The adoption of this distinct labeling is the result of helpful discussions between Food & Drug Administration officials and Nestle, following reports of E.coli O157:H7 illnesses that appeared to be related to the consumption of raw cookie dough.

 

Following the voluntary recall of all Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products in June and throughout the investigation, Nestle worked in full cooperation with the FDA to test their facility, production equipment, processes, ingredients and finished product to ensure that Nestle Toll House cookies meet the high standards consumers have come to expect.

“We’re proud to place Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough back on store shelves,” said Paul Bakus, general manager, Nestle USA Baking Group. “While the FDA inspection at our Danville, Va., facility has concluded, Nestle’s commitment to food safety continues, as does our intensive testing. We test ingredients as they arrive and our cookie dough as it’s made. We hope families around the country will continue to enjoy our cookies.”

Consumers who purchased the recalled products should not consume them. Instead, Nestle asked that consumers return these products to their local grocer for a full refund. Nestle has also strongly advised consumers that cookie dough should not be consumed raw as their product labels caution.

Consumers with questions are invited to contact Nestle Consumer Services at 1-800-559-5025 or to visit our web site at www.verybestbaking.com.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group sees solid gain in Q2

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group reported second-quarter earnings of 62 cents per share Thursday, a whopping 46% increase from the year-ago period.

The Plano, Texas-based company said earnings for the period ended June 30 rose to $158 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with $108 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier.

For the second quarter, reported net sales were down 4%. Excluding the loss of Hansen product distribution and on a currency neutral basis, net sales increased 3% reflecting solid pricing actions and 3% sales volume growth offset by negative mix from higher carbonated soft drink concentrate and value juice sales. Segment operating profit, as adjusted, increased 16% reflecting lower commodity and fuel costs, operating benefits from higher volumes and a strong cost control focus. Reported income from operations was $297 million.

“Our results continue to show the strength of our brands and the flexibility of our balanced routes to market. Despite a challenging macroeconomic backdrop, each of our segments posted solid net sales gains, grew liquid refreshment beverages value share and added new points of distribution. Our continuous improvement mindset and strong cost control focus, coupled with better than expected input costs, resulted in double-digit growth in segment operating profit on a comparable, currency neutral basis,” said DPS president and CEO Larry Young. “As we look ahead, we remain confident that our advantaged portfolio will continue to deliver industry leading results. With a less onerous input cost environment, we will take full advantage of marketplace investment opportunities to support the long term health of our brands and will leverage our productivity office to drive further efficiencies in our business.”

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Oscar Mayer Lunchables lunch combinations introduces six new varieties

BY Allison Cerra

MADISON, Wis. Back-to-school time gives kids a fresh start, and Oscar Mayer is looking to making lunch meals more convenient and healthy.

Oscar Mayer is introducing a new line of Oscar Mayer Lunchables Lunch Combinations, which includes spring water and a number of firsts for the brand, including sub sandwiches and applesauce. The product line also offers the following enhancements:

  • Turkey made with 100% turkey breast: a good source of protein;
  • Bread made with whole grain;
  • Kraft 2% cheddar: an excellent source of calcium;
  • Dessert including Chewy Chips Ahoy! Cookies and Mini Nilla Wafers.

“Moms told us what they wanted and we listened,” said Darin Dugan, senior director marketing for Lunchables. “So we’ve added items like spring water, applesauce and bread made with whole grain.”

The new Lunchables Lunch Combinations line is made up of six varieties including: Turkey + Cheddar Sub Sandwich; Ham + American Sub Sandwich; Turkey + Cheddar Cracker Combos; Ham + American Cracker Combos; Deep Dish Cheese Pizza and Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza. The Turkey + Cheddar Sub Sandwich and Deep Dish Cheese Pizza meet the Kraft Foods Sensible Solution criteria for nutritional value.

Additionally, the new line will be launched in an all new, clear, snap-close package that uses recyclable sleeves, bottom trays and water bottles. This is the first appreciable change to the packaging in the brand’s 21 years.

“Our product packaging really tops off the introduction of this new line,” said Dugan. “We’ve made it easier than ever for Mom to see exactly what’s inside.”

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