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Mars releases premium versions of familiar candies

BY Jenna Duncan

McLEAN, Va. Mars has announced the release of variations on several of its best-known candies. The candy items will be rolled out to stores by the end of the year.

First in line, Dove tablet bars are getting new packaging. The new “large bars” will include three individually wrapped pieces in a resealable pack. Six new flavors join the premium Dove premium tablets collection in a new, larger package. Dove tablet flavors include blueberry almond, cranberry almond, dark chocolate with roasted almond, extra creamy milk chocolate, peanut toffee crunch and roasted hazelnut. Each of the large tablet packages (3.53 oz.) retails at $1.99.

Taking the chocolate experience beyond the candy bar format, Dove is also adding chocolate dessert medallions to its list of premium chocolate creations. Dove Desserts Bananas Foster and Dove Desserts Tiramisu will debut in mid-June 2008. The Bananas Foster flavor is banana/caramel flavor-filled milk chocolate while the Tiramisu variety are lady-fingers-and-cream-flavored and dipped in dark chocolate. Retail price is $2.99 for a 5.8 oz. recloseable stand-up carton.

M & Ms is releasing a line of premium chocolate candies wrapped in iridescent colors and sold in recloseable cartons. M&M’S Premiums flavors include chocolate almond, mint chocolate, mocha, raspberry almond (with white chocolate) and triple chocolate, with layers of white, milk and dark chocolates. M & Ms Premiums retail at $3.99 for a 6 oz. package.

Expanding the Snickers chocolate bar family, Mars is adding a new flavor, Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road, to its lineup. Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road is dark chocolate lined with caramel, and filled with almonds and marshmallow nougat. Rockin’ Nut Road bars will debut in stores in September.

And to expand on its non-chocolate candies, Mars is launching Starburst Gummibursts, arriving in stores spring 2008. Each Starburst Gummiburst has a chewy, gummy exterior and is filled with a juicy liquid fruit center. The flavors of Starburst Gummibursts include cherry, lemon, orange and strawberry. Single packs are prices at $0.79 and 6 oz. bags at $1.49.

All of the new Mars candies will be available at mass, grocery, convenience and drug stores nationwide.

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Research shows green tea may ease sleep apnea symptoms

BY Jenna Duncan

LOUISVILLE, Ky Green tea has chemical components that may help ease symptoms in patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, some U.S.researchers have reported.

A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine said that polyphenols found in green tea, when added to drinking water and administered on oxygen-deprived rats over a 12-hour sleeping period (a method created to mimic symptoms of intermittent hypoxia, or IH)  helped the rats perform better in memory exercises.

The research study was lead by Dr. David Gozal of the Kosair Children’s Hospital Research Institute at the University of Louisville. After receiving green tea water or the placebo, rats were tested for inflammation and oxidative stress, and also were tested in spatial learning and memorization in navigating a water maze with a hidden platform. Rats given green tea tested slightly better in the water-maze test.

Gozal said that the green tea polyphenols “may represent a potential interventional strategy for patients” with sleep-disordered breathing.

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WHAT’S HOT: Bottled water companies adopt eco-friendly causes

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In response to growing sensitivity to clean water and earth issues, more and more bottled water companies and distributors are taking measures to reduce waste and promote water sustainability.

Just in time for Earth Day, Evian Natural Spring Water announced its support for the development of sustainable water systems globally by naming the Evian Water Protection Institute in April. The Evian Water Protection Institute, along with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, introduced recycled plastic (r-PET) to the production of Evian water bottles and launched a team effort with RecycleBank to encourage people to recycle plastic water bottles.

The Evian Water Protection Institute’s goals include supporting and protecting wetland areas, promoting wellness of local communities and access to resources, developing information on water resource management and promoting community activism on water issues.

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