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Beer, wine to return to Walgreens’ shelves

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens is changing its Prohibition stance.

Reversing its 15-year alcohol sales ban, the nation’s largest drug store chain soon will be offering beer and wine at its stores, according to published reports.

Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger told The Wall Street Journal that Walgreens has reintroduced a limited selection in about 3,100 of its stores. The chain, however, does not have plans to sell hard liquor or 40-oz. beers.

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Winn-Dixie launches yogurt line

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie has expanded its private-label offerings with a new yogurt line.

At 150 calories or less, Winn-Dixie’s new organic active yogurt is all-natural with added probiotics and prebiotics to aid digestion, the chain said of its new line. Other health benefits include omega-3s, calcium, vitamin D and 3 g of fiber per serving. All of the yogurts are low-fat, have 150 calories or less per serving and are available 6-oz. containers in strawberry, blueberry, peach, vanilla and raspberry flavors.

“We are always looking for new ways to provide healthy products for our customers,” said Mary Kellmanson, group VP marketing for Winn-Dixie. “Our organic line continues to expand with new products geared toward improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

The organic active yogurt line is one of more than 3,000 private-label products offered by Winn-Dixie. The product can be found at all 515 Winn-Dixie stores.

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Wholly Queso hits store shelves

BY Allison Cerra

FORT WORTH, Texas Wholly Queso has completed a fresh-snack trilogy developed by Fresherized Foods.

Wholly Queso, a cheese dip for vegetables, chips and more, joins Wholly brand’s fresh snack-food line that includes Wholly Guacamole and Wholly Salsa dips. Wholly Queso is a refrigerated dip made with real cheese and vegetables. It is available in cheddar and blanco (Mexican-style) flavors, and comes in a 14-oz. tub, retailing for $3.99 to $4.49 nationwide.

“Consumers are demanding quality products that are both easy and fresh and flavorful,” stated Tracey Altman, VP marketing, Fresherized Foods. “Wholly dips deliver a fresh, ‘made-from-scratch’ taste without time spent in the kitchen, giving you more time for yourself and guests.”

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