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Bounty’s ‘Make a Clean Difference’ program heads to the Big Apple

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Following the launch announcement for Bounty’s “Make a Clean Difference” program, the Procter & Gamble brand said it has two additional celebrities helping the cause.

Mary J. Blige and Russell Simmons are joining dozens of of local New York City-area volunteers from the HandsOn Network and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation to “Make a Clean Difference” at New York City’s P.S. 165 elementary school. Blige and Simmons, a co-founder of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, led the team of community volunteers in tackling everything from cleaning the cafeteria and auditorium to brightening up school grounds with a fresh coat of paint. Intended to inspire continued creativity in classroom, Rush’s teaching artist volunteers also will create a special mural at the school.

The Make a Clean Difference program helps make schools “Bounty clean,” from cleaning cafeterias to planting around front entrances in public schools across the country, by uniting more than 1,000 volunteers to transform the learning environments of 30 public schools in 10 cities across the country. Actress and spokeswoman Gabrielle Union unveiled the program in Washington, D.C., at the HandsOn Network’s reception to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

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Reed’s enters ‘sweet’ distribution agreement

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Soda maker Reed’s has reached a distribution agreement with a direct store distributor in the San Francisco Bay area.

Golden Sweet immediately will begin carrying the full line of Reed’s and Virgil’s branded products, including Reed’s Candy and Sonoma Sparklers for direct store delivery.

“Golden Sweet Company is fast-growing provider of upscale natural premium branded and gourmet items to major chain super stores, independent grocery stores, natural grocery markets, and super produce markets,” noted Chris Reed, founder, chairman and CEO of Reed’s. “Reed’s line of unique, top selling natural sodas and ginger candies is a perfect fit for Golden Sweet Company’s gourmet and natural product offerings, and gives us the opportunity to expand into the greater San Francisco Bay area. The greater San Francisco Bay Area is an extremely important market to develop for our brands. This marketplace is, without a doubt, our Sweet Spot.”

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Jose Cuervo adds new flavors to ready-to-serve margarita line

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Jose Cuervo is introducing two ready-to-serve margarita cocktails, just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Jose Cuervo’s authentic pomegranate margarita and authentic mango margarita join three other ready-to-serve margarita flavors. The beverages are packaged in new lightweight plastic bottles so margarita lovers can the cocktail anywhere.

“Coping with very busy lifestyles consumers are seeking, now more than ever, affordable products that add quality and convenience to their lives,” said Amy Bidwell, brand manager for Jose Cuervo Tequilas, Diageo. “We are introducing Jose Cuervo authentic pomegranate margarita and Jose Cuervo authentic mango margarita to deliver more flavor options to those looking to provide the highest quality cocktails for all their home entertainment occasions.”

The beverages will be available in grocery, liquor, club and drug stores nationwide. The 9.95% ABV product is available in two sizes: a 375ml bottle with a suggested retail price of $4.99 and a 1.75 liter bottle with a suggested retail price of $15.99.

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