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‘Buon appetito!’ Heartland introduces gluten-free pasta

BY Allison Cerra

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Say goodbye to tasteless gluten-free pasta.

Heartland Pasta offers gluten-free dieters the color, texture and flavor of traditional pasta with its yellow corn/white rice blend that also is egg- and dairy-free. Heartland’s pasta is available in spaghetti, penne and fusilli shapes and retails for $1.99 to $2.69.

Heartland gluten-free pasta now is available at Walmart.

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PepsiCo Foundation donates $500K to flood relief efforts in Pakistan

BY Allison Cerra

PURCHASE, N.Y. The charitable arm of PepsiCo will donate $500,000 to disaster relief efforts in Pakistan, following recent flash and river flooding.

In support of the United Nations World Food Program, the PepsiCo Foundation’s disaster relief partner, $250,000 initially will be directed to the WFP’s emergency and special operations already in place in Pakistan. The funds will help provide humanitarian aid, including supplies and food assistance.

“PepsiCo is committed to helping the people of Pakistan persevere through this extraordinary ordeal,” said Saad Abdul-Latif, CEO of PepsiCo Asia, Middle East and Africa. “Our friends and partners at the World Food Program will ensure that our contribution will help immediately where it is needed most, while additional relief aid from the PepsiCo Foundation as well as donations from PepsiCo employees around the world will be put to the best possible use by our team on the ground in Pakistan.”

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Magic Hat Brewing Co. sold to North American Breweries

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. Magic Hat Brewing Co., the craft brewery behind the namesake beer, has been sold to a Rochester, N.Y.-based brewery.

North American Breweries has acquired Magic Hat’s parent company, Independent Brewers United, as well as Portland, Ore.-based MacTarnahan’s beer, according to published reports.

The breweries acquired by North American Breweries have 600 employees.

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