Jones Soda celebrates 21 years with unveiling of Spiked Jones hard cider-soda
SEATTLE — Jones Soda is celebrating 21 years in business with the launch of its first alcoholic hard cider-soda beverage. The company on Wednesday announced the introduction of Spiked Jones, which it created in collaboration with Olympia, Wash.-based Spire Mountain Ciders cider maker Jeff Bland.
The first Spiked Jones flavor, green apple, uses the same natural flavors as the Jones Soda variety and is 6% alcohol by volume. Spiked Jones is packaged in a green glass bottle with a traditional crown cap to differentiate it from the Jones Soda brand.
“As Jones Soda turns 21, we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate than to launch an alcohol-based extension, Spiked Jones,” Jones Soda CEO Jennifer Cue said. “This is a product we have actually been contemplating for years, having filed the ‘Spiked Jones’ name in 1997. Innovating and launching the first hard cider-soda beverage is a natural transition and it allows us to enter an entirely new category with our brand, reaching a demographic that grew up loving our soda.”
Spiked Jones is set to launch this summer in the Pacific Northwest market, distributed by longtime Jones Soda partner Columbia Distributing, the company said.
Meijer offers nutrition health tours at Michigan location
ROYAL OAK, Mich. — Meijer is making a new wave in the healthy eating trend.
The retailer has teamed up with Beaumont Health’s nutrition team to provide nutrition-specific health tours that promote healthy eating. The program began in early May and runs through August.
“This is where they come to make their decisions on what they’re going to be purchasing to cook for dinner,” Natalie Watha, a member of the Beaumont nutrition team, told WXYZ-TV. “So, this is a great place to bring consumers to educate them on healthy options.”
More than 45,000 food items are available to choose from inside the store, the series of tours is aimed at helping nutritious conscious shoppers navigate the stores for health choices. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. on various dates that are already scheduled through Beaumont Health. Tours are free and open to the public.
Among the subjects discussed during the tours are heart-healthy foods, diabetes, weight management and gluten-free diets, the TV station reported.
Report: ‘Food pharmacy’ doing wonders for Type 2 diabetes patients
DANVILLE, Pa. — The implementation of a new “food pharmacy” at a Geisenger Health System hospital is doing wonders for Type 2 diabetes patients, according to an NPR report.
Over the past year, about 180 patients with Type 2 diabetes have been participating in a pilot program aimed at getting them to change their diets and lose weight. They receive free groceries of healthy foods every week.
Each week, participants come to the food pharmacy. In its new incarnation, it looks more like a grocery, with neatly stocked shelves filled with healthy staples such as whole grain pasta and beans. The refrigerators are full of fresh produce, greens, low-fat dairy, lean meats and fish.
The participants meet one-on-one with a registered dietitian. They're given recipes and hands-on instruction on how to prepare healthy meals. Then, they go home with a very different kind of prescription: five days' worth of free, fresh food.
NPR highlighted one patient, Tom Shiocowich, who has lost 45 pounds since participating in the food pharmacy.
To read the full report, click here.