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Natural Grocers opens new store in Helena, Mont.

BY Alaric DeArment

HELENA, Mont. — A chain of natural foods stores is opening its third Montana location Monday.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage announced the opening of the new store, in Helena, Mont., following stores in Billings and Missoula earlier this year. The 55-year-old Colorado-based chain offers only natural and organic products.

"We feel we’re a great fit for Helena," Natural Grocers co-president Kemper Isely said. "We’re excited to open our doors for local residents who care about value and health and who are looking for affordable options to help their families be healthy."

The company emphasizes the sale of products that do not contain artificial ingredients like colors, sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or produce grown with pesticides. The company currently operates 60 stores in 12 states and also offers such services as nutritional coaching and meal planning and local sourcing.

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Frito-Lay launches new Tostitos Cantina chip, salsa line

BY Alaric DeArment

PLANO, Texas — The Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo has launched a new line of chips and salsas, the company said Monday.

Frito-Lay announced the launch of the Tostitos Cantina brand of tortilla chips and salsas, which it said was designed to emulate the flavors found in Mexican restaurants.

The Tostitos Cantina Thin & Crispy chips are crispy and light in texture, and are designed to pair with the brand’s new Chipotle Restaurant Style salsa. Meanwhile, the Traditional chips are designed for pairing with Tostitos Cantina Roasted Garlic Thick & Chunky salsa.

The new Tostitos Cantina line brings the delicious Mexican restaurant experience consumers love right into their homes," Frito-Lay VP marketing Tony Matta said. "It’s an entirely new line of Tostitos tortilla chips and salsas that will give our fans the perfect reason to get together and party any time and anywhere."

The salsas have a suggested retail price of $3.29 per 12-oz. jar, while the Thin & Crispy chips are offered at $3.29 for a 9-oz. package, and the Traditional chips are offered at $3.29 for a 12-oz. package and $4.99 for a 20-oz. package.

 

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Baristas launches new ice cream line

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Baristas Coffee has launched a new line of coffee-flavored ice creams, the company said Friday.

Baristas, based in Seattle, announced the introduction of Baristas Coffee Creations, which includes flavors like Caramel Cappuccino and Coconut Cafe Latte. Caramel Cappuccino is a caramel-swirled ice cream with dark chocolate, while Coconut Cafe Latte is a coconut-swirled ice cream, also with dark chocolate.

"It has been very rewarding to participate in the process of creating a new premium product with the true professionals that took an idea and materialized it into a product that we are very proud of," Baristas CEO Barry Henthorn said. "I want to thank all of the members of the team and other third parties who have assisted in making the Baristas Coffee Creations product line a reality."

The line will initially be available in and around New York and at Baristas locations in Washington, Arizona, Texas and Florida.

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