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Baristas launches new ice cream line

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Baristas Coffee has launched a new line of coffee-flavored ice creams, the company said Friday.

Baristas, based in Seattle, announced the introduction of Baristas Coffee Creations, which includes flavors like Caramel Cappuccino and Coconut Cafe Latte. Caramel Cappuccino is a caramel-swirled ice cream with dark chocolate, while Coconut Cafe Latte is a coconut-swirled ice cream, also with dark chocolate.

"It has been very rewarding to participate in the process of creating a new premium product with the true professionals that took an idea and materialized it into a product that we are very proud of," Baristas CEO Barry Henthorn said. "I want to thank all of the members of the team and other third parties who have assisted in making the Baristas Coffee Creations product line a reality."

The line will initially be available in and around New York and at Baristas locations in Washington, Arizona, Texas and Florida.

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Pure Ally introduces malted, nonalcoholic Kwass-Up

BY Jason Owen

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fl. — Pure Ally has introduced K’wass-Up, a new malted, nonalcoholic beverage, according to the beverage maker’s website. It’s an "uncommon drink — for the uncommon you!"

K’wass-Up, which is lower in calories and sugars than most traditional soft drinks, will be available in three varieties — Premium Traditional Brew, Premium Cranberry Brew and Premium Ginger Brew — and are made with natural flavors and colors. Based on "time-honored" kvass recipes, which are beverages made from black or regular rye breads, these drinks are delicious and satisfying "like no other beverage you’ve come across."

For more information on these new drinks, click here.

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Reports: Kroger, Walmart looking to buy Hostess assets

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Kroger and Walmart may be looking to buy up assets from bankrupt food company Hostess Brands, according to published reports.

Citing a person familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported Friday that the two retail chains were looking to buy some of the assets of Hostess, the maker of brands like Wonder bread, Twinkies and others. Hostess announced last month that it would shut down and sell its assets amid a union strike that the company said had forced it to halt operations and the inability of the company and workers from the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union to reach a deal.

Bloomberg reported that Grupo Bimbo and Alpha Baking Co. were also among the bidders.

 

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