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Amish Naturals announces distribution in H-E-B stores

BY Adam Kraemer

HOLMESVILLE, Ohio Ohio-based Amish Naturals announced today that its products will be carried in more than 90 Southwestern H.E.Butt Grocery Co. locations.

H-E-B, the number one retailer in San Antonio, with a 73 percent market share, will carry five varieties of Amish Naturals’ organic fettuccine pasta—including: Plain, Wheat, Tomato Basil, Garlic Parsley, Spinach, and Fiber-Rich—throughout Texas, the company reported.

Amish Naturals manufactures and distributues organic and natural pastas, condiments and bakery products. “We are pleased to partner with H-E-B, a company known for its fresh products, to introduce more consumers to our brand,” said Bill Pardee, Amish Naturals’ director of sales. “Amish Naturals is accelerating its growth throughout the region and the H-E-B partnership will help make our products even more accessible.”

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Beech-Nut releases healthier baby foods, beverages

BY Jenna Duncan

LATHAM, N.Y. Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. is launching several all-natural baby food products and beverages, each with added health proponents.

Included in the launch are dry cereals, yogurt-blended fruit and vegetable juices and jars of baby food varieties containing ingredients like Alaskan wild salmon, muesli and whole wheat, enhanced with added Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 essential fatty acid. Select items boast health benefits for babies like aid in digestion, mental and visual development and healthy growth support.

Beech-Nut said 17 new baby food products will be introduced at grocery stores and retailers, including DHA Plus Sweet Potatoes and Wild Alaskan Salmon, DHA Plus Tropical Fruit Yogurt Blends with Juice, Good Morning Chiquita Banana Juice with Yogurt and Good Evening Veggie Delight Juice

The juices, jarred foods and cereals are part of the DHA Plus Baby Food and Cereal and Good Morning and Good Evening product lines that were launched last year.

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Coca-Cola to stop distributing Arizona tea

BY Jenna Duncan

ATLANTA Coca-Cola Enterprises has announced its plans to end its distribution of Arizona tea in much of the United States starting early May. CCE said it will shift its focus to Glaceau enhanced waters, acquired by Coca-Cola last year.

CCE announced in late 2006 that it would distribute three varieties of 34-ounce size Arizona tea. This announcement created some tension at Coca-Cola because Arizona teas, made by Hornell Brewing Co. of New York, are competitors to Coca-Cola’s bottled teas, Nestea and Gold Peak.

In keeping with a three-year agreement that CCE recently signed with Coca-Cola to only carry Coca-Cola beverages, CCE announced it will stop distributing Arizona in most U.S. markets. CCE will also now distribute Glaceau.

John Sicher, editor and publisher of Beverage Digest said, “Coke was never happy about CCE carrying Arizona. But CCE was very happy to get Glaceau, and I think this was part of the deal.”

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