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Panda Licorice 100-calorie bars hit store shelves

BY Allison Cerra

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. Finnish confectioner Panda Licorice has made a great on-the-go snack that contains just 100 calories.

New Panda Licorice bars now are available in natural food and grocery stores. The bars contain molasses, wheat flour, licorice extract and natural flavor (aniseed oil). The new bars are available in original black, cherry and raspberry flavors.

“Portion-controlled snacks are a big trend right now, but calorie control alone is not enough,” said Lisa Gawthorne, international marketing manager for Panda Licorice. “Many of the treats lining grocery store shelves are full of unhealthy fat and artificial ingredients that can actually leave snackers craving more.”

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Kraft Foods brings hunger awareness to employees

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD Kraft Foods is educating its employees and inspiring action in the fight against hunger with a photo exhibit.

The exhibit of photographs, taken by photographer Michael Nye, depict Americans who don’t have adequate access to food. Nye’s searing black-and-white photographs of people who have been affected by hunger are from a traveling exhibit called About Hunger & Resilience (michaelnye.org), which also features audio recordings of the subjects describing how hunger has affected their lives. Nye, a former lawyer, spent five years traveling throughout the United States to document these stories.

Nicole Robinson, director of corporate community involvement at Kraft Foods, heard about Nye’s work on the NPR program “All Things Considered.”

“Listening to Mr. Nye talk about putting a human face on the hunger issue was very moving,” said Robinson.  “I realized this is exactly the same message that we convey in our communities through our volunteer work.”

This exhibit is just one way Kraft Foods raises awareness and takes action in the fight against hunger. In October, the company will launch its second annual “Delicious Difference Week” initiative in which more than 14,000 employees in 50 countries around the world will partner with local food relief programs to deliver food and other services to people in need.

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Schnucks gets gluten-free with Beck’s

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS Supermarket chain Schnuck Markets is hoping to target gluten-intolerant customers through a new partnership.

Schnucks announced Monday that it would work with Ellisville, Mo.-based Beck’s Gluten Free to provide fresh and prepared gluten-free foods to customers at 13 of its stores in the St. Louis area. Customers can order the food by phone or through the websites of Schnucks and Beck’s, and pick it up the next day.

“Thanks to our new partnership with Beck’s, we are now able to extend our selection of national and private brand products that carry the ‘gluten free’ label to include fresh baked goods and prepared foods,” Schnucks director of marketing services Larry Maggio said.

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