Cape Cod Potato Chips releases three new flavors
HYANNIS, Mass. Cape Cod Potato Chips has announced three new flavors added to its lineup, just in time for summer. They are buttermilk ranch, honey Dijon and sweet mesquite barbeque.
“Our quest was to find a rich gourmet flavor that offers the perfect pairing of America’s love for outdoor entertaining and people’s favorite snack-chips,” director of marketing for Cape Cod Potato Chips Heidi Daly Ford said in a recent statement.
Daly Ford continued, saying that the design team at Cape Cod experimented with many different flavors, revising combinations and conducting taste-tests for several months. She said that consumers seemed to favor mesquite barbeque-flavored chips, as well as buttermilk ranch flavor and honey Dijon.
In the United States, snack items have grown to become a $76-billion per year industry. Potato chips are the leading snack in the U.S. with the highest sales falling in the Memorial Day through Labor Day season. Cape Cod Potato Chips said that its products are popular at outdoor events, like picnics and barbeques.
Cape Code Potato Chips’ new flavors will enter major markets across the country this the summer. The 8-ounce bags retail for about $2 retail bags. All products are also available on the Cape Cod Potato Chips Web site, www.capecodchips.com.
Private label sales increase as budgets tighten
NEW YORK Private label foods are making inroads as consumers’ budgets become tighter, Citigroup said Tuesday following a conference call with Tom Pirovano, director of industry insights for Nielsen.
Private label product sales have increased by 10.2 percent at drug stores, as well as 8.9 percent at grocery stores and 10.4 percent at Wal-Mart. Pirovano said during the call that Wal-Mart had become a benchmark retailer in private labels by keeping prices for its private label products low compared to branded products and private-label products from other retailers.
The shift to private labels has been most dramatic in foods that have seen the largest increases, such as eggs, milk and cheese. Sales were lower in processed foods.
At the same time, however, makers of branded food products have been trying to compete by adding extra features such as nutritional enhancements, changing quantities or making the products safe for the microwave.
AMA declares high fructose syrup just as safe as other sweeteners
CHICAGO The American Medical Association yesterday announced its conclusion that high fructose syrup does not seem to contribute any more to obesity rates or other ill health effects than other calorie-containing sweeteners. However, the AMA asked for further investigations into the effects of high fructose syrup and other sweetening products on individuals’ health. The AMA reported its findings at its annual policy meeting in Chicago this week.
“At this time there is insufficient evidence to restrict the use of high fructose syrup or label products that contain it with a warning,” William Dolan, M.D., an AMA board member yesterday told the media. “We do recommend consumers limit the amount of all added caloric sweeteners to no more than 32 grams of sugar daily based on a 2,000 calorie diet in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
Sweeteners in the high fructose group are those items made from starches that come from staples like rice and wheat. High fructose syrups are commonly used as additives in foods like breakfast cereal, bread, desserts and soft drinks.
So far, only short term effects of high fructose use have been studied. The AMA has suggested that people should maintain a minimal use of items like high-caloric sweeteners, in order to control obesity and avoid some types of diabetes.