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Heinz to use Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle packaging

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Expect to see Heinz in a whole new way.

The company said it has entered a strategic partnership with Coca-Cola to implement the soft drink giant’s PlantBottle packaging in the production of its Heinz Ketchup bottles. PlantBottle packaging is made of PET plastic bottles that are fully recyclable and use less nonrenewable resources than traditional PET plastic bottles, according to the companies. Heinz said the adoption of the PlantBottle technology will be the biggest change to its iconic ketchup bottles since they first introduced plastic in 1983.

William Johnson, Heinz chairman, president and CEO, said that consumers should expect to see the Heinz Ketchup PlantBottle in a 20-oz. variety this summer, with plans to convert all ketchup products and their respective packaging to PlantBottle packaging globally. “The partnership of Coca-Cola and Heinz is a model of collaboration in the food and beverage industry that will make a sustainable difference for the planet,” Johnson said.

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New gluten-free soft pretzel from Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels hits retail

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels has introduced a new soft pretzel for gluten-free consumers.

Kim & Scott’s gluten-free soft pretzels, which can be found in the frozen food aisle of Whole Foods and other retailers this spring, boast a blend of five "ancient grains," the company said, including sorghum flour, millet flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour and teff flour.

In addition to the gluten-free product, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels tout more than 12 varieties.

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CandyRific products highlighted at Dylan’s Candy Bar

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — "The force" is with them indeed.

CandyRific, known for its confection creations through various licensing deals, debuted its Star Wars-themed products at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York during Valentine’s Day weekend. The CandyRific novelty items lineup pairs together Lucasfilm’s "Star Wars" with M&M’s characters.

As part of the celebration, such Star Wars characters as Princess Leia and Storm Troopers were on hand, along with CandyRific CEO Rob Auerbach.

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