Evian promotes sustainable water plans for Earth Day
ATLANTA Evian Natural Spring Water has announced its support for the global development of sustainable water systems by launching the Evian Water Protection Institute. Working with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Evian has introduced recycled plastic (r-PET) to the production of its bottles sizes and has also announced the launch of a team effort with RecycleBank Inc., a rewards program established to encourage people to recycle plastic water bottles.
Evian said the goals of the Water Protection Institute include: helping maintain and/or restore wetlands, as well as promote wellness of their local communities and access to resources; developing information trades about water resource management and sustainability; and encouraging local communities to get active in the management of their nearby wetlands.
“Currently, it is estimated that 1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water,” said Elio Pacheco, president of Evian North America. “Evian has always been an exemplary model of innovative eco-friendly initiatives and continues its commitment to these efforts with the introduction of our three newest programs.”
The Evian Water Protection Institute has several water sustainability projects in the works, the first of which are located in Bung Khong Long Lake, Thailand; the Jagadishpur Reservoir, Nepal; and the La Plata basin in Argentina. Evian’s plans focus on helping the local populations find solutions in managing and sustaining water resources.
General Mills introduces gluten-free Rice Chex
MINNEAPOLIS General Mills last week announced that it has altered Rice Chex cereal slightly so it is now gluten-free.
The company said that it only has replaced the barley malt syrup in the cereal with molasses, and the original flavor is the same.
General Mills also said that the company has taken steps to ensure that during production there no products containing gluten come in contact with Rice Chex, and the new assembly line follows FDA standards.
“General Mills and Chex recognize the growing consumer demand for gluten-free products and we’re pleased to make Rice Chex, a classic American breakfast offering, available to more people,“ said Rohan Thakur, Chex cereal marketing manager. “We are also proud to partner with Celiac Disease Foundation to further generate awareness for celiac disease.”
New gluten-free Rice Chex will soon be available nationwide, the company said.
Sorrento introduces omega-3 enriched snack cheeses
BUFFALO, N.Y. After released reports that Americans may not be eating foods high enough in omega-3 fatty acids, Sorrento is coming through with a cheese fortified with omega-3 fats, Sorrento +Plus String Cheese with Omega-3s.
Sorrento brand +Plus Omega-3 string cheese is processed from milk that contains high levels of docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, which are common sources of omega-3 fats. +Plus Omega-3 string cheeses also are high in protein.
Susan Thomas, marketing manager of snack cheese at Sorrento Lactalis, said, ”The new [Plus] Plus Omega-3 snack cheese responds to consumer demand for foods that offer nutrition, health, convenience and taste all rolled into one … With this new addition to the Plus line, consumers can enjoy the same delicious, fresh cheese taste that Sorrento is known for and feel good about eating healthy at the same time.”
The +Plus Omega-3 snack cheeses come in 1-oz servings with six servings per pack. They retail from $3.99 to $4.29 per package.