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Frito-Lay, PepsiCo raise prices, decrease amount of product per package

BY Jenna Duncan

PLANO, Texas Frito-Lay has started to cut the amount of many of its food products by one ounce beginning Sunday, the company said, and parent company, PepsiCo is raising prices, especially on larger mass items.

“The pricing activity is broad-based, and we are phasing it in across the many brands,” Frito-Lay spokeswoman, Jenny Schiavone, said.

Because of increasing rates of inflation and higher costs on commodities like cooking oil, corn and energy, company productivity gains are simply not enough to keep competition strong, company spokespersons have said.

Snack Food Association president and chief executive, Jim McCarthy told the media, “We have made commodities our No. 1 issue because these prices are going through the roof.” The Snack Food Association is a trade group based in Arlington, Va.

PepsiCo reported a $1.15-billion net gain, or 4.7 percent increase, in the period ended March 22. The company’s revenue bounded a 13.4 percent increase from from $7.4 billion last year to $8.3 billion at the same time this year.

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Purple expands to Northern Conn. and R.I. with Northeast Beverage

BY Adam Kraemer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Purple Beverage Co. today announced that Northeast Beverage Co. of Rhode Island has agreed to distribute the company’s signature beverage, Purple, throughout Northern Connecticut and Rhode Island.

“We are excited to partner with Northeast Beverage Company to expand our distribution further through the New England area,” said Ted Farnsworth, founder and chief executive officer of Purple. “As a leading beverage distributor, Northeast Beverage Company has existing relationships with key retail and on-premise accounts across the region. Coupled with our successful launch in other areas of the Northeast and our growing national presence, this additional distribution will bring us closer to our goals of becoming a national brand.”

“Purple has been selling well in other parts of the Northeast and we are excited to add the product to our extensive line of current offerings,” said Kevin O’Brien, general manager of Northeast Beverage Company. “By adding Purple to our roster of well-respected brands, we will help not only the company to expand distribution of its functional beverage, Purple, but will also fill the growing demand for healthful beverages in the areas that we serve.”

Northeast Beverage is Rhode Island’s and Connecticut’s exclusive distributor of Red Bull, as well as being Rhode Island’s exclusive Coors distributor. The company also distributes Snapple and Muscle Milk.

Purple can be found in select GNC stores across the country, as well as in drug stores, health food stores, supermarkets and convenience stores.

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Minute Maid introduces two flavors of enhanced juice drinks

BY Adam Kraemer

HOUSTON Minute Maid announced today the expansion of its line of enhanced juices to include two new juice drinks—Minute Maid Pomegranate Flavored Tea and Minute Maid Pomegranate Lemonade.

The Minute Maid Enhanced Juice and Juice Drink line offers 100 percent juices and juice drinks that are nutritionally enhanced to help meet consumers’ health needs. Along with the other flavors, including Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry flavored 100 percent fruit juice blend, in Minute Maid’s offering of pomegranate-flavored enhanced juices and juice drinks the new offerings also contain antioxidant vitamins C and E.

“Consumers love the health benefits that antioxidants provide and the taste of pomegranate, as we’ve seen from the phenomenal success of our Pomegranate Blueberry flavored juice blend,” said Charles Torrey, Minute Maid marketing group director. “With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to enjoy the delicious pomegranate flavor in refreshing, nutritionally enhanced tea and lemonade.”

All Minute Maid Enhanced Juices and Juice Drinks are offered in distinctive 59-fl.oz. PET bottles, with an “easy pour” side grip and clear packaging to showcase the quality of the juice

Both new products are available now in stores nationwide.

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