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Mountain Dew expands Kickstart flavor offerings

BY Ryan Chavis

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Fans of Mountain Dew Kickstart will now have two new ways to invigorate their nights thanks to Mountain Dew Kickstart Black Cherry and Mountain Dew Kickstart Limeade, which debut in retail stores nationwide today.

"Mountain Dew Kickstart Black Cherry and Mountain Dew Kickstart Limeade give you just the right amount of kick to get you ready for anything the night brings your way," Greg Lyons, VP of marketing at Mountain Dew, said. "Whether it’s an epic road trip, a winner-take-all gaming tourney or a standing-room-only concert, Mountain Dew Kickstart packs 16 ounces of energizing refreshment so you and your buddies can start the night right."

Both Mountain Dew Kickstart Black Cherry and Mountain Dew Kickstart Limeade combine the taste of Mountain Dew with 5% real fruit juice, plus electrolytes, all for just 80 calories per 16-oz. can.

 

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NuVal, eastern Texas public health group partner on wellness initiatives

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. — A company that ranks the nutritional value of foods sold in supermarkets is working with a public health organization in Texas to promote health and wellness.

NuVal announced Friday a partnership with the Northeast Texas Public Health District, also known as NET Health, which operates the public health district for the governments of Tyler and Smith County, Texas. Under the partnership, NuVal will provide material to NET Health wellness programs, such as a supplemental nutrition service for low-income residents, a program to reduce childhood obesity, a contest in Tyler that encourages participants to lose at least 5% of their body weight and starting this month, a resource team of health professionals acting as consultants to the program this year will provide guidance using NuVal scores.

NuVal currently operates in more than 1,600 supermarkets across the country, including Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee and two supermarket chains in eastern Texas, Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods.

"We think that NuVal is perfect for what we’re trying to do," NET Health project coordinator Terrence Ates said. "NuVal is an instantaneous learning experience that can be picked up by anyone."

 

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Lindt announces new premium chocolates

BY Ryan Chavis

STRATHAM, N.H. — Lindt and Sprungli has introduced a bevy of new premium chocolate offerings, with flavor combinations ranging from sweet-and-salty to milk chocolate. 

The new product offerings include Lindor Coconut truffles, Classic Recipe Caramel with Sea Salt bars, special additions to the Lindt Chocolate Specialties line, and the first-ever Lindt Brownie Mixes.

"Every day Lindt is on a quest to develop the most exquisite chocolate products and flavor combinations," said Ann Czaja, Lindt master chocolatier. "Whether consumers prefer smooth coconut, complex sea salt or delicious chocolate-covered fruits and nuts, each of the new products offers a flavorful, gourmet way to experience premium chocolate."

The newest confections include:

 

  • Lindor Coconut Truffle. Lindor truffles are available in 18 different flavors. The new Coconut truffle has a milk chocolate shell with a white chocolate center and features a subtle flavor of coconut.
  • Lindt Classic Recipe Caramel with Sea Salt Bar. The new Caramel with Sea Salt bar gives consumers a creamy, smooth milk chocolate paired with crunchy bits of caramel and sea salt crystals.
  • Lindt Brownie Mixes. Each mix features Lindt Excellence chocolate from Lindt Master Chocolatiers and yields approximately 16 brownies. The gourmet, easy-to-use line comes in two varieties: Classic Chocolate Brownie Mix and White Coconut Brownie Mix.
  • Lindt Chocolate Specialties Collection. This hand-crafted line includes Lindt Chocolate Bark and Lindt Chocolate-Covered Fruit and Nuts.

The Lindor Coconut truffles and Classic Recipe bar are now available at retailers nationwide, Lindt Chocolate Shops and Lindt.com.

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