ConAgra Foods, Constar receive award for Hunt’s Ketchup bottle design, production
OMAHA, Neb. ConAgra Foods and Constar International have received the 2008 WorldStar Award from the World Packaging Organization for ConAgra Foods’ 46-ounce Hunt’s Ketchup bottle which is made using Constar’s DiamondClear PET technology, the companies announced Friday.
“At ConAgra Foods, we’re focused and committed to utilizing new and better packaging materials that are environmentally friendly and designed for better recyclability,” ConAgra’s VP of sustainability and channel development, Gail Tavill, said. “We’re proud to receive this prestigious WorldStar Award for our Hunt’s Ketchup bottle.”
ConAgra’s Hunt’s ketchup bottle has also been recognized with a “top sustainable packaging” AmeriStar Award in 2007 from the Institute of Packaging Professionals and a second-place AmeriStar Award in the food category.
Constar’s DiamondClear PET technology has helped ConAgra Foods cut the weight of its 46-ounce ketchup bottles by 12 percent, reducing packaging waste. The reduced-weight bottles also can be recycled.
ConAgra Foods has made a commitment to reducing food packaging waste. In August, the company started to use post-consumer recycled plastic to make frozen meal trays for its brands such as Banquet, Kid Cuisine and Healthy Choice. The company has said this will reduce new plastic waste in landfills by 8 million pounds per year.
Dr Pepper Snapple joins Stevia-sweetened beverage stampede
NEW YORK Fresh off news that its two biggest competitors plan to launch new diet beverages containing a new sugar alternative made from the plant Stevia, Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced Thursday it also plans to join Coke and Pepsi, and expects to launch a similar beverage product containing the new alternative sweetener.
On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Stevia-based sweeteners in foods and beverages.
The sweeteners, made from the leaves of a South American shrub, will provide natural alternatives to chemical sweeteners like Equal and Splenda.
Odwalla releases reduced-calorie juice drinks
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. Odwalla natural juice maker has announced the addition of two new low-calorie flavors to its portfolio of juice drinks.
Odwalla Mojito Mambo and Pomegranate Strawberry flavor juice drinks sweetened with Truvia natural sweetener contain 50 calories each per 8-ounce serving, plus the daily requirement of vitamins C and E.
The juice beverages are sweetened with Truvia, a sweetener naturally-derived from the stevia plant, which has been under development for a few years by Cargill and Coca-Cola Co.
“In the Odwalla tradition, flavor comes first, and Odwalla Mojito Mambo and Odwalla Pomegranate Strawberry are delicious, refreshing juice drinks,” Chris Brandt, Odwalla VP of marketing said. “In addition, they offer 50 calories per 8-ounce. serving and excellent antioxidant power.”
Odwalla has said that its new Mojito Mambo and Pomegranate Strawberry juice drinks will be available in 15.2-ounce bottles at natural grocery, health and convenience stores at a suggested retail price of $3.29.