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Bean & Body Coffee expands line

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A line of ready-to-drink functional coffee blends now has three new flavors.

Bean & Body Coffee, which is available in select regions throughout the United States, now features vegan, horchata and coconut flavors. Offered in an 8-oz. can, each flavor is 100 calories or less and are all-natural, gluten-free and Kosher certified.

The new Bean & Body Coffee flavors will hit markets in early May.

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Huggies kicks off 2012 MomInspired grant program

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Huggies once again is promoting its MomInspired grant program to encourage women to make their startup business dreams a reality.

Now in its third year, the grant program provides seed capital and resources to help fund women-owned business startups and new product innovations inspired by personal motherhood challenges and experiences. Now through July 31, women can apply to win $15,000. Up to 12 moms will be named as grant recipients this fall.

"We’ve received more than 900 U.S. applications and almost 1,200 globally over the past two years and interest in the Huggies MomInspired grant orogram continues to grow as more women start their own businesses," Huggies senior brand manager Kelly Stephenson said. "We look forward to supporting a whole new group of moms and will continue to empower the expanding ‘mompreneur’ community with this program. Plus, we can’t wait to see the innovative ideas this year’s applicants have to help nurture the relationship between mothers and their children."

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Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover launch new health, wellness initiatives

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Two of Royal Ahold’s U.S. supermarket chains are offering new labeling to make gluten-free foods easier to find in the store, while one has launched a new magazine to address childhood obesity.

Giant-Landover and Stop & Shop announced new shelf labels designed to make gluten-free foods easier to spot for shoppers. The labels are colored blue and green and are placed directly below products. "We want to make grocery shopping as convenient as possible for all our shoppers," Giant-Landover president Anthony Hucker said. "People who maintain gluten-free diets no longer have to check ingredients on every item they purchase in Giant, but instead [can] look for the blue and green gluten-free shelf tags. We’re happy to offer this convenience to all our customers, whatever their dietary needs may be."

In addition, Stop & Shop has started a quarterly magazine, Kid Healthy Ideas, and placed it in its stores. The 12-page magazine is aimed at children aged 8 years to 12 yeras and features health-related educational articles, games and recipes. "For many families, healthy eating choices begin at the supermarket, and with childhood obesity on the rise, it’s an important issue to Stop & Shop," Stop & Shop New York metro division public and community relations manager Arlene Putterman said.

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