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Beech-Nut facility achieves LEED certification

BY Allison Cerra

CITY OF AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — Baby food brand Beech-Nut announced that its new facility has earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute.

The $124 million facility, which serves as Beech-Nut’s headquarters and production plant, opened in June 2010 and was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use. Facility features and highlights include:

  • Annual energy savings equal to the energy demands of more than 2,000 people;

  • Water conservation equal to what a city of 10,000 people would consume;

  • Reduction in waste water discharge equal to the discharge of 10,000 people;

  • Open floor plan that allows natural light to flow through the building; and

  • Maintenance-free landscaping that thrives in the local environment.

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Planters re-enters peanut butter biz

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Planters is bringing back its peanut butter business, according to published reports.

The company, which recently gave its Mr. Peanut brand mascot the chance to speak — giving him the voice of Robert Downey, Jr. — will reintroduce creamy and crunch peanut butter varieties, according to a New York Times blog. To mark the return into the peanut butter category, Planters is introducing a mascot for the products who will be called Peanut Butter Doug, the Times said.

Planters, which rebranded its iconic Mr. Peanut in November, also introduced Alejandro the Almond, in its latest commercial.

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True Citrus expands distribution of crystallized beverages

BY Allison Cerra

BALTIMORE, Md. — True Citrus said that four of its products now are available in stores nationwide.

True Citrus said that its crystallized beverages, which come in on-the-go stick packets, now can be found in the powdered drink mix section of many retailers, including supermarkets, mass merchandisers, convenience stores and Walmart supercenters.

True Citrus said its True Lemon, True Orange, True Lemon lemonade and True Lemon raspberry lemonade products are made with 100% all-natural ingredients, including lemons and oranges crystallized to deliver fresh-squeezed taste.

"We are excited about the increased distribution and the opportunity to introduce our products to even more consumers concerned about buying products that are 100% natural and taste good without adding any artificial sweeteners, preservatives or colors," True Citrus CEO Al Soricelli said.

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