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Annika Sorenstam to promote Lipton’s RTD teas

BY Allison Cerra

ORLANDO, Fla. — A joint venture between PepsiCo and Unilever has tapped a Hall of Fame golfer to promote ready-to-drink iced teas throughout the state of Florida.

The Pepsi Lipton Tea partnership said Annika Sorenstam will promote Lipton ready-to-drink iced teas through in-market appearances and regional advertising for its portfolio of RTD iced tea products, which includes Lipton and Lipton Pure Leaf iced teas.

"We’re thrilled to have Annika represent Lipton iced teas," said Mary Barnard, general manager of the Pepsi Lipton Tea partnership. "From her success on the golf course to her amazing work promoting health and wellness, Annika embodies the Lipton spirit and inspires others to pursue an active, healthy life."

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Angell touts first-ever Fair Trade-certified bars

BY Allison Cerra

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. — A new line of organic and Fair Trade-certified chocolate bars has hit the market.

Jungell’s Angell bars are chocolate bars that are available in Angell Crisp, Snow Angell, Dark Angell and Classic Angell (coming soon), and range from 170 to 190 calories per bar. Each candy bar contains only organic ingredients and made its debut at the Natural Products Expo West 2011, held in Anaheim, Calif.

Angell bars are available at natural food stores and on Amazon.com.

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Report: Necco off sales block

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON — The confectioner behind Sweethearts candies is no longer for sale, according to published reports.

The New England Confectionary Co., also known as Necco, announced that it tapped New York-based investment firm Sawaya Segalas this past November to help the former explore the possible sale. Now, the company has suspended its plans, according the Boston Herald.

In November 2010, Necco COO Dave Smith said the company was "confident that [it] will be recognized for the value it can bring the right partner."

Necco has been in operation since 1847.

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