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Natural Snacks expands Michael Season’s brand

BY Allison Cerra

ADDISON, Ill. — Michael Season’s, a Natural Snacks brand, has introduced a new line of snacks made with black beans.

The new Michael Season’s Popped black bean crisps line, the company said, features nutritional benefits of protein and fiber, is wheat-free and gluten-free and touts reduced fat and low sodium. The crisps also are free of preservatives, artificial coloring and flavors.

Michael Season’s Popped black bean crisps are available in sea salt, nacho and roasted red pepper flavors and carry a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 3-oz. bag.

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Sprout Foods introduces organic toddler meals

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Sprout Foods is broadening its current pouched baby food portfolio with the launch of a line of organic toddler meals.

The company said the toddler entrées offer a variety of nutritious, organic ingredients, including meats, whole grains, beans and fruits and vegetables, but are free from preservatives and additives. The lineup includes eight varieties, including:

  • Pasta, zucchini and tomato sauce with beef;

  • Vegetable and potato stew with beef;

  • Sweet potato and apple risotto with turkey;

  • Vegetable and white bean stew with turkey;

  • Vegetable and potato chowder with chicken;

  • Vegetable and barley stew with chicken;

  • Macaroni and cheese with butternut squash; and

  • Vegetable risotto with quinoa and parmesan.

Sprout organic toddler meals are packaged in a 6.5-oz., microwaveable, BPA-free and recyclable containers and are available at grocery, mass and online retailers nationwide.

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Domino, C&H take sweeteners to ‘lighter’ side

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Domino Foods is expanding its lineup of sweeteners by adding new items to its Domino and C&H sugar brands.

New Domino Light and C&H Light are an all-natural blend of pure cane sugar and stevia with half the calories of sugar, the company said. Domino Light and C&H Light are available in two package sizes: a 40-count packet box, and a 2-lb. resealable pouch, which offers the sweetness equivalent of a 4-lb. bag of sugar.

"With most lower-calorie sweetener substitutes, baking success can be limited," Domino Foods VP sales and marketing Maria Machita said. "Domino Light and C&H Light make baking lower-calorie recipes easier, with better quality and without forgoing taste. We added a natural flavor to enhance the taste of Domino Light and C&H Light, which makes baked goods taste so good."

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