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iGPS announces agreement with Ken’s Foods

BY Allison Cerra

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ken’s Foods will utilize all-plastic pallets with embedded radio frequency identification tags developed by Intelligent Global Pooling Systems, iGPS announced.

Ken’s Foods, which produces and packages more than 400 varieties of dressings and sauces, said iGPS’ solution aids the company in its sustainability efforts.

"Our decision to switch to iGPS was based on our desire to upgrade the quality of pallet carrying our products and to utilize a more environmentally sustainable solution than wood," said Bob Merchant, Ken’s Foods COO. "iGPS’ solution fulfills both our objectives, and we know that our retail partners will appreciate this value enhancement to our supply chain."

The iGPS 100% recyclable pallets are 30% lighter than pallets made of wood. Unlike wood pallets, iGPS pallets do not absorb fluids that can cross-contaminate food, and because they cannot harbor wood-boring insects, iGPS pallets never require treatment with toxic pesticides, the company said. Additionally, the pallets feature embedded radio-frequency identification tags, so shippers and receivers can track shipments throughout the supply chain.

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Kroger recalls pet food due to possible contamination

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger recalled select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical byproduct from the growth of a certain fungus.

The recall affects Kroger stores in 17 states, as well as Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

The pet food has a sell-by date of Oct. 23 or Oct. 24, 2013. Additional details can be found at Kroger.com/recalls.

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Crunchmaster expands retail distribution

BY Allison Cerra

LOVES PARK, Ill. — A certified gluten-free crackers brand has gained retail distribution in Walmart Supercenter stores.

Crunchmaster’s original flavor multigrain crisps now are available in 4.5-oz. boxes for a suggested retail price of $2.48. The oven-baked, 100% whole grain crisps are made with a blend of California brown rice and four seeds: sesame, quinoa, flax and amaranth.

"We’re delighted that consumers will have another option to enjoy our Crunchmaster crackers at a reasonable price by purchasing them at their local Walmart Supercenters," said Jim Garsow, Crunchmaster director of marketing. "Like all of our Crunchmaster crackers, these crisps are oven-baked, certified gluten-free, all-natural and cholesterol-free, making them an excellent heart-healthy, low-fat snack option, particularly for the growing segment of the population living a gluten-free lifestyle."

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