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Intentional Chocolate introduces Organic + line

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Intentional Chocolate has introduced a new line of chocolate that is certified organic and uses cocoa from Rainforest Alliance farms.

Intentional Chocolate said its Organic + line includes both milk and dark chocolate products. The company said its Organic + dark line also is gluten free, in addition to being certified vegan and kosher.

For more information about the new line, click here.

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Entenmann’s coffee, cocoa to hit store shelves

BY Allison Cerra

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. — Entenmann’s Bakery and White Coffee have teamed up to bring a new signature collection of flavored coffees and cocoa to retail.

The new line of Entenmann’s coffee include such flavors as chocolate donut, cinnamon crumb cake, hazelnut and vanilla, which will be offered in 10-oz. bags and in gift packs. Meanwhile, Entenmann’s cocoa will be available in original and mint varieties.

Entenmann’s coffee currently is sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Dollar Tree and Entenmann’s outlets, with expected 2012 sales in mass market, supermarkets, club stores, drug stores and food service nationwide.

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Hershey to acquire Brookside Foods

BY Allison Cerra

HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey has set its sights on a privately held confectionery company based in Canada.

The chocolate giant said that it has reached an agreement to acquire Brookside Foods, which is based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, which primarily sells its product line in the United States and Canada. Brookside’s annual net sales are approximately $85 million Canadian dollars, the companies said.

“The acquisition of Brookside is an opportunity for Hershey to expand our portfolio in this category,” Hershey president and CEO John Bilbrey said. “Brookside pairs dark chocolate with exotic fruit-juice centers, such as goji, acai, blueberry and pomegranate, to create great-tasting treats, while delivering the benefits of flavanols and antioxidants. We look forward to building Brookside by leveraging Hershey’s scale at retail.”

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