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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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Sixteen companies producing 36% of calories from packaged foods, beverages remove 6.4 trillion calories from marketplace

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. — Food and beverage manufacturers in the United States exceeded the goal to remove calories from their products by 400%, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report found that 16 food and beverage companies sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in 2012 than in 2007; the companies, which together produce 36% of the calories from all packaged foods and beverages, had pledged to work with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to remove 1 trillion during that time frame and 1.5 trillion by 2015. Collectively, the companies sold 60.4 trillion calories in 2007 and 54 trillion in 2012, resulting in a reduction of 78 calories per person in the United States each day. The partnership between the HWCF and the manufacturers represented the first effort to track all they sold in the United States.

"It’s extremely encouraging to hear that these leading companies appear to have substantially exceeded their calorie-reduction pledge," RWJF Health Group SVP and director James Marks said. "They must sustain that reduction, as they’ve pledged to do, and other food companies should follow their lead to give Americans the lower-calorie foods and beverages they want."

The HWCF was formed in October 2009 when more than 40 of the country’s largest retailers, food and beverage manufacturers and non-profit groups partnered to reduce obesity, particularly in children, by 2015.

Participating companies include Unilever, Bumble Bee Foods, Campbell Soup Co., PepsiCo, Nestle, the Coca-Cola Co., The Hershey Co. and others.

 

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