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Coca-Cola reintroduces diamond-label bottle branding

BY DSN STAFF

ATLANTA On Wednesday, Coca-Cola of North America introduced a limited-edition 8.5-ounce, straight-sided “1906 Diamond Label” bottle, available in four-packs.

From 1900 until it switched to the famous contours in 1916, Coca-Cola used a diamond-shaped label to set its product apart from the competition’s. Along with the instantly recognizable Coca-Cola logo in Spencerian script, the diamond label bore either the words “Atlanta, Ga.” or the signature of Asa Candler, who was president of The Coca-Cola Co. at the time.

Few diamond labels have survived on true vintage Coke bottles with the straight sides, so collectors highly value the original bottles with the label intact.

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Australian-imported simmer sauces invade U.S. condiment aisles

BY Jenna Duncan

COLLINSVILLE, Conn. The popular Australian brand, Passage to India, is bringing its simmer sauces to U.S. retailers.

The all-natural sauces are available in five flavors: butter chicken, korma, rogan josh, tikka masala and vindaloo. Passage to India said the spices used in its sauces come from India and Southeast Asia, and each sauce is free of corn flour, gluten, MSG, preservatives and genetically-modified vegetables.

A representative from Passage Foods USA , the company marketing Passage to India simmer sauces in the U.S., said that they’ve expanded to the U.S. market because of a growing demand for Indian and Asian spices.

“The ethnic food market is a $75 billion industry in the U.S. and while Hispanic foods remain the category leader, the Asian retail segment is valued at near $3.5 billion,” Passage Foods USA founder, Jennifer MacKenzie, said. “The Asian restaurant segment grew over 13 percent in 2007 and the number of retail grocery offerings is only now developing as more people try cooking Indian, Thai and Asian foods at home.”

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Wholemato debuts organic agave ketchup

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW YORK Wholemato Co. has announced the launch of its Spicy Organic Agave ketchup. The new flavor of ketchup debuted at the Natural Products Expo West trade show.

Wholemato touts its new condiment as a healthy variation on traditional ketchup. It is flavored with agave nectar, jalapeno peppers, organic tomatoes and other spices. Wholemato president and founder Jason Kessler said he created Wholemato to diversify one of America’s most purchased condiment items.

Kessler said, “Wholemato was created to fill a culinary void. Our Original Organic Agave Ketchup has received an inspiring response from retailers and customers and has proven that there is an appetite out there for even more ketchup creations.”

Wholemato Spicy Organic Agave ketchup is described as “medium”-level on the spicy heat index. It also has a touch of agave, for a sweeter flavor.

A 13-ounce glass container of Wholemato Spicy Organic Agave ketchup retails at $5.49, at retailers nationwide.

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