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Hy-Vee introduces turkey-donation campaign throughout Midwest

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Supermarket chain Hy-Vee is donating 10,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving, the company said Wednesday.

The West Des Moines, Iowa-based chain said it would donate the turkeys over a 10-day period in 10 cities around the Midwest, including Lincoln, Neb.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Sioux City, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; Mason City, Iowa; Rochester, Minn.; Omaha, Neb.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Madison, Wis.; and the Kansas City, Mo., metro area and Quad Cities metro area in Iowa and Illinois.

"As a grocery store and member of this community, Hy-Vee is committed to fighting hunger," Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker said. "To accomplish this goal, we look for ways in which we can make a difference by assisting local hunger relief organizations to help families in need within our communities."

 

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Skeeter Snacks to launch in New England Walgreens

BY Ryan Chavis

WESTPORT, Conn. — Skeeter Snacks, an allergy-friendly food, will launch its product in 212 Walgreens locations in the New England area.

Skeeter Snacks provides a variety of snack options for children and adults with tree nut and peanut allergies, and are available in six different cookie options: Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Cubed, Golden Oatmeal, Skeeter Doodle, Chocolate Chip Minis and Cinnamon Graham Minis.

“This launch into Walgreens stores gives us the ability to reach more consumers, especially ones with tree nut and peanut allergies,” said Laurie Witt, director of marketing for Skeeter Snacks. “Our snacks are a delicious treat for everyone with nut allergies, but also for people without food allergies.”

For additional information about the products and for a store locator, visit SkeeterSnacks.com.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Bai Brands expand partnership

BY Alaric DeArment

HAMILTON, N.J. — Dr Pepper Snapple Group will distribute a growing line of all-natural, antioxidant-infused beverages, the maker of the beverages said Tuesday.

Bai Brands, which makes the Bai 5 line, said the two companies had been working together for the last two years in select markets around the country and will now expand their partnership in most major markets.

"Every day we get phone calls and letters from consumer sin cities where Bai is not yet on the shelf, asking for the product," Bai Brands CEO Ben Weiss said. "Our relationship with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group will allow us to rapidly roll out Bai to new markets and into the hands of those consumers."

Retailers that will stock the product include Shop & Shop, Safeway, Costco, Duane Reade and Jewel-Osco.

 

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