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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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Dr Pepper (temporarily) trades corn syrup for sugar

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Dr Pepper is temporarily changing its formula, but not its taste.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced it would substitute high fructose corn syrup in its iconic Dr Pepper soft drink with sugar in honor of the beverage’s 125th anniversary.

Cans of Dr Pepper also will feature throwback designs as a nod to the soda’s beginnings.

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Al-Rite expands Steve’s ready-to-drink line

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI Al-Rite launched its new ready-to-drink, sugar-free margarita.

Steve’s sugar-free margarita contains 12% alcohol by volume and is sweetened with sucralose and erythritol and is a new addition to Steve’s line of RTD cocktails. It can be frozen in its PET bottle just prior to use and squeezed out after a little defrosting providing a delicious frozen cocktail anytime, day or night.

“We wanted to make a great tasting, sugarfree cocktail that can sell without a liquor license and is kosher, and the truth is it took years to develop. We have created a drink which not only tastes great and freezes beautifully, but will actually change the RTD cocktail market forever,” said company president Steve Bragg.

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