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Campbell works on expanding headquarters

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMDEN, N.J. Campbell Soup is expanding its headquarters in southern New Jersey, rehabilitating an industrial brownfield to make way.

The soup company demolished the Sears Tire and Battery building, an auto center about 80 years old contaminated with battery acid and petroleum-based chemicals. It also hoped to demolish the nearby Sears Building and replace it with an office park, but a clothing company bought it before it could.

Campbell is planning to spend $72 million, which includes the cost of constructing a new office tower, while government agencies will spend $23.5 million to upgrade surrounding infrastructure.

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Willy Wonka introduces larger, chewier Nerds candy

BY Alaric DeArment

GLENDALE, Calif. Nestle’s Willy Wonka Candy Factory division announced Monday that it would introduce a bigger, chewier version of its Nerds candy brand.

Giant Chewy Nerds will include the crunchy Nerds shell and a jelly bean in the center. They will be available in strawberry, grape, watermelon, lemon and orange flavors.

As part of its promotion, Willy Wonka is also letting children and teenagers sing original lyrics about the candy in its Loss for Lyrics video contest. The winner of the contest, which ends Sept. 21, will fly to Los Angeles to record his or her song professionally with Raven-Symone, star of the Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven.”

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PBM Products introduces A-Soy milk alternative

BY Alaric DeArment

GORDONSVILLE, Va. A new soy drink whose manufacturer hopes it will provide an alternative to milk for adults who are lactose intolerant, allergic to cow’s milk or vegan is hitting the shelves.

PBM Products announced Monday that it had introduced A-Soy. The drink has no lactose, animal protein, cholesterol, trans fats or gluten, and is certified kosher. PBM chief executive officer Paul Manning said the drink is based on its successful Bright Beginnings Soy Pediatric Drink, meant for children younger than 10.

“Developing a similar soy drink for adults and people older than 10 years was the next logical step,” he said.

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