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Nestle teams up with Cleveland Clinic for collaborative study

BY Allison Cerra

GLENDALE, Calif. Nestle announced Thursday its donation to Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute to fund a collaborative study focused on examining the effects of a diet rich in whole grains on body composition and energy metabolism.

Nestle USA chairman and CEO Brad Alford said the collaboration "combines Nestle’s core expertise in nutrition with Lerner Research Institute’s scientific vision, and will help us define the scientific basis for new product development. Our ultimate goal is to provide good tasting products with nutritional benefits to consumers."

The 26-week study will enroll 40 to 50 people, who will eat meals provided by Nestle Prepared Food Co.’s facility in Solon, Ohio — home to the nation’s leading frozen food brands, Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine. During the first phase, one group’s diet will include most of their carbohydrates coming from whole grains while the other will receive meals with carbohydrates mainly from refined grains. During the second phase, the two groups will switch diets. Each study participant will receive complementary nutrition counseling, food and medical testing.

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Kettle introduces Tias! tortilla chips

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO Diamond Foods’ Kettle brand is expanding to include all-natural tortilla chips.

New Kettle Tias! line will be offered in six flavors, including salsa picante, zesty ranch, nacho cheddar, toasted corn, sweet Baja barbeque and chili con queso. The entire line is made of certified organic corn, expeller pressed oil and all-natural seasonings.

“Kettle Brand Tias! is a strong opportunity for our company to leverage the innovation strength of the Kettle brand and place it into an adjacent segment. The natural tortilla chip segment is 40% larger than the natural potato chip segment,” said Michael Mendes, chairman, president and CEO of Diamond Foods.

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Lifeway Foods launches BioKefir probiotic beverages

BY Allison Cerra

MORTON GROVE, Ill. Lifeway Foods has launched a line of probiotic beverages that support immunity, heart health and digestion.

New 3.5-oz. BioKefir shots are sold in four-packs and five varieties, including:

  • BioKefir for immunity – available in pomegranate/blueberry and kiwi/passion fruit;
  • BioKefir for heart health – available in blackberry and black cherry; and
  • BioKefir for digestion – available in vanilla.

All five BioKefir flavors contain ProBoost, Lifeway’s exclusive new blend of live and active probiotic cultures, designed to strengthen immune response and alleviate digestive troubles. ProBoost enhances Lifeway’s longtime 10-Kefir culture probiotic combination with two new strains –– Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 and Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM –– that add extra benefits for building immunity and aiding digestion. All 12 powerful probiotic cultures are available in every sip of BioKefir, Lifeway Foods said.

“Our new BioKefir shots will enable health-conscious consumers to get their daily dose of probiotics, vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber quickly, easily and with no interference to their schedules or diets,” said Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods. “The 3.5-oz. package fits with today’s fast-paced lifestyles, can be carried anywhere and ensures that you can always add a health boost to your day.”

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