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Nestle wins Innovation Award

BY Alaric DeArment

GREENWICH, Conn. An environmentally friendly water bottle made by Nestle has won an award in Connecticut, the international food conglomerate said Monday.

Nestle Waters North America announced that it received the 2010 Gold Connecticut Quality Improvement Award’s Innovation Prize for its Eco-Shape half-liter bottle. The bottle uses 25% less PET plastic than the earlier Eco-Shape bottle, and the company called it among the most environmentally responsible packaged drink choices on the market.

The CQIA is the oldest state-level quality award that uses the criteria of the federal government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Malcolm Balridge National Quality Award for Performance Excellence, named for the Reagan-era commerce secretary.

“Winning the CQIA prize is a testament to Nestle Waters’ leadership in innovation,” Nestle Waters director of health and environmental affairs Kevin Mathews stated. “As a company that depends on natural resources, sustainability is an integral part of our values and business, and we understand that reducing the amount of plastic in our bottles — or ‘lightweighting’ — is the best thing a beverage company can do to reduce its environmental impact.”

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Report: Starbucks to expand product availability at supermarkets

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Starbucks is planning to expand the selection of its products available in supermarkets, according to published reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Seattle-based coffee company would sell more of its Via instant coffee, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Tazo Tea products in its stores and then in supermarkets in order to drive sales in the face of a bad economy and competition from such food outlets as Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s.

 

The company already sells Via products at such retailers as Walmart and Target, the Journal reported.

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The Trump Organization, Talbott Teas collaborate on line of teas

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NEW YORK The Trump Organization and Talbott Teas will collaborate to develop a line of teas under the Trump Tea brand, the two organizations said.

The blends will include “Park Avenue,” a mix of white tea, orange and raspberry; “Union Square,” a blend of black tea and vanilla; “Mar-A-Lago,” which includes fruit and Sencha green tea; and “Westchester,” made from blueberries, hibiscus, rosehips and elderberry.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Talbott Teas on this collection of tea which offers the opportunity to indulge in an affordable way,” said Cathy Glosser, EVP of the Trump Organization, part of billionaire Donald Trump’s business empire. “Our mission was to create unique blends that would make the tea-drinking experience both relaxing and luxurious.”

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