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GMA Science Forum to include former Canadian WTO ambassador, CBS White House correspondent

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — Global perspectives on scientific, regulatory and technical developments in product safety, health and well-being will be the feature as hundreds of experts from the consumer packaged goods industry meet Wednesday at the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science Forum.

The GMA said Wednesday that the forum had attracted at least 450 attendees who will hear from more than 70 speakers on how to advance the consumer packaged goods industry’s product safety, health and well-being mission. The conference, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C., will include manufacturer CEOs, chief science officers, vice presidents of research and development and representatives from allied trade groups in the United States and abroad.

"Consumers expect industry and government to work together to provide the world with the safest possible products," GMA president and CEO Pamela Bailey said. "The GMA Science Forum is the flagship event for this type of public-private collaboration, bringing the CPG scientific community, government and academia together at the intersection of sound science and responsible policy."

The forum will feature former Canadian ambassador to the World Trade Organization John Weekes, Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner of foods Michael Taylor, CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett and others.

 

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Washington Post: Tea sales boon for consumer health and supermarket sales

BY Jason Owen

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post this week took an in-depth look at the health benefits of tea and how consumers are taking notice. And that’s a good thing for specialty tea shops and supermarket chains.

As the report notes, "Nationally, tea purchases have risen for 20 consecutive years, annual supermarket sales have surpassed $2.2 billion, and away-from home consumption of tea has grown by at least 10% a year for a decade," that according to the Tea Association of the USA.

The report cites five classifications for tea: black, white, green, oolong and puerh, and notes experts believe all provide health benefits. "Many scientists link health benefits to tea’s polyphenol antioxidants, which protect against oxidative stress, but others say they don’t know exactly which chemicals or combinations of chemicals in tea produce the benefits. [Thomas G. Sherman, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center,] for example, said there’s no evidence connecting tea’s antioxidants to beneficial effects, and he pointed to a study showing that black tea reduces LDL, or ‘bad,’ cholesterol without affecting antioxidant levels, suggesting something else in tea is causing this."

“We don’t clearly understand why tea is so beneficial, but we know it is,” said Sherman, as quoted by the Washington Post. “There are lots of epidemiological studies, and so of course people see these studies and want to drink tea and gain these benefits.”

To read the full article, click here.


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Apr-03-2013 05:15 am

Tea is one of the very good supplement of health and there are many varieties of tea such as green, red, black. There are many health benefits related to tea as scientists have performed many experiments on it. It contain antioxidants which help in stimulating our body which is highly beneficial to us. Medifast success stories

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Nestle introduces new frozen fruit snacks, first coconut water bars

BY Jason Owen

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dreyer’s, part of Nestle USA, launched today the new Outshine brand, which will include the Dreyer’s Fruit Bars line, as well as six new flavors launching in April under the Dreyer’s Outshine name. The new flavors include two made with coconut water, the first coconut water-based frozen fruit bars on the market, according to the company.

"The popularity of coconut water has exploded, with more than 23 million U.S. consumers enjoying coconut water-based beverages. By blending delicious young coconut water with refreshing fruit, we’ve created a totally invigorating snack for coconut lovers everywhere," said Kerry Hopkins, Outshine brand manager. "We are delighted to offer new frozen snacks made with fruit and juice, and like our consumers, we promise to always be picky about what we put in our products."

The new Coconut Waters have 60 calories per bar and are both nonfat and nondairy. The line consists of two refreshing flavors:

  • Coconut Waters with Banana is infused with sweet, creamy banana puree blended with real young coconut water for a smooth frozen treat.

  • Coconut Waters with Pineapple combines young coconut water with chunks of real pineapple for a tropical twist.

"We like to think of Dreyer’s Outshine fruit bars as a part of something greater. We are delighted to offer a range of frozen snacks that appeal to the ‘shine brighter’ sentiment of our consumers and how they approach life," said Hopkins. "The deliciously refreshing new flavors are a small taste of what you can expect from the Outshine brand."

The Dreyer’s Outshine brand also will introduce new limited edition seasonal picks inspired by the farmer’s market, which include raspberry and peach flavors available February through August; and grapefruit and blood orange flavors available September through December.

In addition to the new flavors, the Outshine brand includes existing Dreyer’s Fruit Bars favorites — such as acai blueberry, creamy coconut, grape, lemon, lime, mango, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberry and tangerine — as well as multi-packs featuring coconut, pineapple, and orange; grape, cherry, and tangerine; lime, strawberry, and wildberry; no sugar added black cherry, strawberry-kiwi, and mixed berry; and no sugar added strawberry, tangerine and raspberry.

Dreyer’s Outshine fruit bars will be available at grocery and supermarkets nationwide starting in April 2013 for $4.39 per box, which includes six bars per box.


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