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Green Giant launches SteamCrisp line

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Green Giant has introduced a new line of canned corn.

Packaged in an 11-oz. can that features vacuum-packing technology, new SteamCrisp corn is 100% natural and perfectly steam-cooked in the package and offers the same amount of corn as Green Giant’s standard can of corn with less water and less packaging.

"Green Giant has spent the last century putting nutritious vegetables on American tables, and freshness continues to be a high priority," Green Giant marketing manager Andy Kroll said. "Green Giant farmers pick SteamCrisp corn at the pinnacle of freshness, then our unique steam-canning process helps maximize flavor."

SteamCrisp will be available in the following varieties: Niblets, Extra Sweet Niblets, Niblets no salt added, white shoepeg corn, super sweet yellow and white corn, white super sweet, Mexicorn, southwestern style corn and chiptole white corn.

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Executives from P&G, Macy’s nominated to serve on Kraft Foods board

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Kraft Foods has nominated two candidates to serve on the company’s board of directors.

Terry Lundgren, Macy’s CEO, and Jorge Mesquita, Procter & Gamble’s group president of new business creation and innovation, were nominated because "each brings specific skills that will be terrific assets to our business," Kraft said. The nominations were announced as current directors Ajaypal Banga and Richard Lerner, who have served on the board since 2007 and 2005, respectively, not stand for re-election. All other members of the board, however, will stand for re-election.

Shareholders will elect 11 directors for one-year terms at the company’s annual meeting, which will take place at May 23 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Ill.

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Shock Top rolls out Lemon Shandy seasonal beer

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Shock Top Belgian Wheat has rolled out its latest seasonal beer.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy, a wheat beer complemented by spices and natural lemonade flavor with 4.2% alcohol by volume, will be available nationwide in six- and 12-packs of bottles and 12-packs of cans through July, the company said.

The introduction of Lemon Shandy marks the first seasonal rollout for the Shock Top family in 2012. Last year, Shock Top rolled out its first year-round line extension with Shock Top Raspberry Wheat, and its first seasonal with Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat. Year-round offering Shock Top Wheat IPA was introduced last month.

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