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BestSweet celebrates 20 years in business

BY Jenna Duncan

This month BestSweet, maker of confections and “nutraceuticals,” announced that it is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

BestSweet has created all sorts of candies from chocolate Knuts to such gummy items as the Original Gummi Watch. Currently the company manufactures Baskin-Robbins candy products.

For the last two decades, BestSweets has also produced health items such as cough drops that it calls nutraceuticals.

“Since we do have such strength in the innovation of the confectionery products, we have been able to leverage those abilities to the benefit of products that promote healthier living,” Overly said. “What it all comes down to is ensuring that we develop products that consumers love while supporting a variety of lifestyle needs—regardless if it’s a vitamin or candy product. Our people take that objective into account in every product we sell.”

The company, originally based in South Africa, first opened its doors in Mooresville, N.C. in 1988.

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Haggen, Top Food to offer free prenatal vitamins

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A Pacific Northwest grocery chain plans to offer prenatal vitamins and fluoride supplements to expectant mothers for free.

Starting Wednesday, any consumer at a Haggen or Top Food store with a subscription can obtain the vitamins, which normally can cost almost $20 per month.

Midwestern big-box chain Meijer began offering a similar program for prenatal vitamins on Sunday, in addition to a program offering free antibiotics that began in October 2006.

Based in Bellingham, Wash., Haggen operates 33 stores throughout Washington and Oregon under the Top Food & Drug, Haggen Food & Pharmacy and Larry’s Market banners.

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Children not getting enough vitamin D, study says

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent medicine found that children are not getting enough vitamin D, which can lead to problems later in life.

The study looked at 380 children between the ages of 8 months and 2 years at Children’s Hospital Boston, finding vitamin D deficiency in 40 percent of subjects. The deficiency can cause weakness in the bones and immune system and results from insufficient intake of fortified milk or supplements, as well as being overweight.

The body manufactures vitamin D when sunlight hits the skin; it is also added to many foods. Foods naturally rich in vitamin D include salmon, sardines, cod, shrimp, milk and eggs, according to the George Mateljan Foundation for the World’s Healthiest Foods, with sockeye and Chinook salmon having the highest concentrations.

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