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Kellogg’s introduces Bliss bars weight-management snacks

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. The Kellogg Co. has introduced Special K Bliss Bars for women on the go who are committed to meeting their weight-management goals.

The bars come in Chocolatey Dipped Raspberry and Chocolatey Dipped Orange flavor combinations that include sweet fruit-flavored pieces, crispy cereal and a chocolaty bottom layer. Each bar contains 90 calories, making them a delicious way to get on track toward weight-management goals.

“Women are always committing to their weight-management goals, and seek sensible, great-tasting snacks to help them stay committed,” said Jennifer Garrett, director of nutrition marketing for Kellogg’s. “Special K Bliss bars are a snack women can feel free to truly enjoy as they pursue their weight-management goals.”

Special K Bliss bars have 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat and 0 grams of trans fat per serving. Each bar contains 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 70 milligrams of sodium and 9 grams of sugar. Availability—on grocers’ shelves in the cereal aisle nationwide—began January 2008, for a suggested retail price of $3.49 per six-bar box.

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Organic foods, flowers can show Valentine’s Day love to environment

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BOSTON As the United States has become more eco-conscious, suppliers of flowers, chocolate and wines are helping consumers show their love for the environment this Valentine’s Day.

Such programs as Florverde in Colombia and VeriFlora Certified Sustainably Grown in the United States help ensure participating floral farms, handlers and distributors abide by environmental and social best-practice standards. European flowers, too, have their own certification standards in place.

Eco-conscious blooms also are available at several online floral with a range of eco-conscious labels such as USDA Organic, VeriFlora Certified and Fair Trade.

The search for “green” flowers requires a little work, however. Boxed flowers may arrive at a florist with certification seals, but once unpacked and sorted, one rose looks like any other. Some stores specifically order VeriFlora-certified flowers and other proprieters watch for the certified seals and keeps tabs on the originating farms. Even grocery chains may carry VeriFlora or Organic flowers without knowing. The best way to find out is to ask the florist.

Like flowers, organic and biodynamic wines are available for the asking. Many of these wines come from France, Italy and Spain, where makers craft wines using long-held family traditions. A few to look for are: Lopez de Heredia Rioja, Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier, Buondonno Chianti Classico and Domaine Des-Fouques Cotes de Provence. On this side of the Atlantic, California’s Coturri Winery is dedicated to producing wines that are 100 percent organic and sulfite-free.

Organic chocolate is easier to find, especially at chain retailers such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Look for the USDA Organic and Fair Trade logos on chocolate from makers Dagoba, Lake Champlain, Art Bar and Green & Black’s. Endangered Species Chocolates puts an eco-twist on chocolate by donating 10 percent of its net profits to environmental organizations.

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Purple Beverage Co., Big Geyser sign distribution agreement

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Purple Beverage Co. announced it has signed an agreement with Big Geyser for the distribution of its Purple beverage throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester County and Long Island’s Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Big Geyser is one of the largest independent, non-alcoholic beverage distributors in New York state and is the largest distributor in New York City, delivering its top-name beverage brands to convenience, drug and grocery stores, mass merchandisers, gas stations, restaurants and food services outlets throughout this region.

Purple, a fusion of seven antioxidant-rich juices featuring the exotic acai berry as well as black cherry, pomegranate, black currant, purple plum, cranberry and blueberry, will join Big Geyser’s beverage lineup, which already includes Glaceau’s Vitaminwater and Smart Water, Muscle Milk, Perrier, Mistic Beverages, Crystal Light, Poland Springs and Tazo Tea, among others.

“Teaming up with Big Geyser to bring Purple to consumers throughout the New York region is a huge milestone for Purple,” said Ted Farnsworth, Purple’s founder and chief executive officer. “Big Geyser is known in the beverage industry as the ‘one to watch’. It distributes only the finest beverages and has brought many hot new brands to market. The addition of Purple to its lineup not only increases our exposure but also constitutes a great endorsement of the quality of our beverage, and we anticipate a significant boost, both in name recognition and demand for Purple, throughout the entire metropolitan area.”

Purple has developed a loyal following of health and taste-conscious fans from coast to coast since it launched in 2007. The all-natural, no-sugar-added beverage can be found in health food stores, restaurants, delis, drug stores, supermarkets and convenience stores in select locations, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Hawaii. In February, it became available in select GNC locations. 

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