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Dannon launches Non-GMO Project-verified yogurts

BY David Salazar

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Several Dannon products have received the Non-GMO Project’s stamp of approval. From now on, Dannon’s whole milk yogurts, its plain quarts and its Danimals Smoothies will be carrying the Non-GMO Project-verified seal, denoting that they’re made with milk from cows that are fed non-GMO feed.

“We hear that consumers increasingly want to know what’s in the products they buy and how they’re made. One of the ambitions of the Dannon Pledge was to provide consumers with yogurt choices that support the transparency they have been asking for,” DanoneWave’s yogurt team president Sergio Fuster said. “As a subsidiary of DanoneWave Public Benefit Corporation, the largest public benefit corporation in the United States, we’re making changes to our business to answer that demand. One key step is Non-GMO Project verification of select Dannon products. By working closely with organizations like the Non-GMO Project, we’re offering consumers more food choices that match their preferences.”

Dannon worked with its dairy farm partners to develop the non-GMO feed, the company said. It used Green America’s expertise to cultivate the roughly 80,000 acres of farmland to cultivate that supply, the company said. The effort is part of completing the company’s pledge to focus on sustainable agriculture, transparency and naturality in its yogurt. It joins such other DanoneWave portfolio products as Horizon and Earthbound Farm organic brands, as well as the Silk and So Delicious brands, in being Non-GMO Project-verified.

“At the Non-GMO Project, we’re dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply and providing consumers with non-GMO choices,” Non-GMO Project executive director Megan Westgate said. “Aligning with a large and respected brand like Dannon is an incredible opportunity to inspire change across the industry to provide more non-GMO food choices to U.S. consumers.”

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Oberto brings pepperoni jerky to meat snacks category

BY David Salazar

SEATTLE, Wash. — Oberto is expanding its product offerings and the jerky category with its latest launch. The company has unveiled its pepperoni jerky, which doesn’t require refrigeration and contains 11 g of protein per serving.

The addition joins the company’s line of meat snacks and a category that, according to Nielsen, has grown to bring in more than $3 billion in annual revenue. The pepperoni jerky launch follows the brand’s recent launch of new recipes and enhanced flavors, as well as the addition of Oberto Trail Mix.

“We are always striving to create the most innovative and best tasting meat snacks for our loyal customers and new customers alike,” Oberto CEO Tom Hernquist said. “We think they will be instant fans of the new Oberto Pepperoni Jerky.”
 

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Baileys brings back pumpkin spice-flavored Irish cream

BY David Salazar

NEW YORK — Baileys is getting into the coming season with the revival of its pumpkin spice-flavored Irish cream. Initially introduced last year, the company sold out of its stock of Baileys Pumpkin Spice in three months and brought it back this autumn as a limited-edition flavor.

"We were absolutely delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response to Baileys Pumpkin Spice last year that it gave us no choice but to bring it back this fall," Diageo director of Baileys and liquers Nicola Heckles, said. "Baileys Pumpkin Spice was a natural addition to the Baileys portfolio, and we encourage everyone to celebrate the season responsibly and enjoy Baileys Pumpkin Spice…while they still can!"

Baileys Pumpkin Spic blends cinnamon and baking spices with maple, brown sugar and baked pie crust, as well as vanilla and coffee hints. The product will be on shelves through November in 750-ml bottles with a suggested retail price of $24.99.

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