Ahold calls on pork suppliers to stop using gestation crates for pregnant sows by 2022
CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA is encouraging pork suppliers to start using open housing for pregnant sows by 2022, the supermarket retailer said Friday.
The company, which owns the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle chains, as well as the Peapod online grocery service, said it wanted suppliers to transition from gestation crates to open housing, with the option of using gestation crates during appropriate times to keep sows and piglets healthy and safe.
"Animal welfare is a fundamental part of our responsible retailing practices, and we intend to work with the most reputable suppliers to source safe and affordable pork produced with respect for the animal," Ahold USA VP responsible retailing Jihad Rizkallah said. "Our goal is to work with suppliers who are moving towards a less restrictive environment."
Dannon and American Diabetes Association unite to promote healthy eating
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Dannon will partner with the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness about diabetes and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.
In helping to support ADA’s Stop Diabetes campaign, Dannon will include the Stop Diabetes logo on packages of its Light and Fit greek yogurt.
“We want to change the perception that people with diabetes have to sacrifice eating all of the foods they love and show there are many appropriate food choices that are also delicious. During American Diabetes Month and through our relationship with the Association, we want to remind people with diabetes that they can incorporate variety into their diets and create a healthy eating pattern that fits their taste preferences and lifestyles,” Amanda Soled, RD, CDN, health affairs manager at Dannon said.
Dannon will also have recipes featured in ADA’s free online recipe resource, Recipes for Healthy Living and in materials mailed to those who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes.
EQ Energy Drink announces new product line
LAS VEGAS — EQ Energy Drink, formally EQ Labs, announced the addition of Lemon Tea Drink to its product line.
“We are excited to announce the launch of EQ’s Lemon Tea Drink boosted by Power Cap through our retail distribution chain,” Mo Owens, CEO of EQ said. “This product will be available to the retail customers this December and will further enhance our products available to the consumer.”
EQ Energy Drink also updated its financial plans. The company currently is in the process of completing the auditing of financial statements.
"Our change of the year-end more reflects the selling season of our product,” Owens said. “In addition, our financial audit, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2013, will be the foundation for the company to move towards becoming a fully reporting company. We feel this will benefit all the shareholders."