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Guylian debuts new U.S. website, package design

BY Allison Cerra

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Looking to reach U.S. consumers, a Belgian chocolate brand has launched a new website and package design for its namesake treats.

Guylian said its new website and package highlights the iconic Belgium tradition, while offering U.S. customers new and unique ways to indulge its chocolates.

The website, GuylianBelgianChocolate.com, includes a store locator and the opportunity to subscribe to the company’s e-newsletter. New Guylian packages will debut on store shelves this summer.

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Annie Chun’s shakes up ramen noodles with new product line

BY Allison Cerra

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Annie Chun’s has introduced soup singles that include ramen noodles and gourmet sauce, serving as an alternative to dry or canned soups.

New Ramen House products offer consumers a restaurant-quality noodle option without added MSG or preservatives, according to the company. Annie Chun’s Ramen House is available in three unique flavors, including soy ginger ramen, spicy chicken ramen and spring vegetable ramen. Each flavor is available for a suggested retail price of $1.99. Both the soy ginger and spring vegetable flavors are available in 4.9-oz. packages, while the spicy chicken flavor is available in a 4.7-oz. size.

Annie Chun’s is available in traditional grocery and natural specialty stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target, Safeway, Kroger and Walmart.

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Rite Aid gears up for Easter

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is showcasing new candy varieties for last-minute Easter shoppers, the pharmacy retailer said Monday.

The National Confectioners Association ranked Easter as one of the top-selling holidays for candy and estimated that 16 billion jelly beans and 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year. Four-in-5 Americans celebrate Easter and are expected to spend about $14.6 billion during the holiday at all retailers nationwide, according to the National Retail Federation.

New candies include Snickers eggs with pastel wrappers, cookies-and-cream-flavored chocolate bird nests, marshmallow Peeps dipped in chocolate and Snapsy, a chocolate bunny made by Hershey’s that breaks into five pieces.

Other items include Easter baskets ranging in price from $1.99 to $19.99, egg-dyeing kits and toys.

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