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Peeps & Co. adds a dollop of fudge to its classics

BY Ryan Chavis

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Peeps & Co. announced the infusion of gourmet fudge into its products, which include Peeps, Mike and Ike, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews. The company’s retail outlet, located in Bethlehem, Pa., will feature the new fudge creations, as well as an assortment of candy, apparel and merchandise.

The Peeps & Co. gourmet fudge selections include:

  • Inside We’re All The Same Peeps Fudge: Six colors of the Peeps marshmallow chicks inside milk chocolate fudge;
  • Mike and Ike Very Berry Cheesecake Fudge: Raspberry Mike and Ike candies in vanilla fudge;
  • Fireside S’mores Peepsters Fudge: Milk Chocolate Peepsters, marshmallows and graham cracker inside milk chocolate fudge;
  • Philly’s Finest Peanut Chews Fudge: Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews candy inside dark chocolate fudge;
  • A Molasses Surprise Fudge: Peanut Chews & molasses inside dark chocolate fudge;
  • Chocolate Fudge: Classic cocoa flavor in fudgy form;
  • Vanilla Fudge: Fudge full vanilla flavor;
  • Sea Salt Caramel Fudge: A combo of sweet and salty, as the name implies; and
  • Cookies & Cream Fudge: This fudge combines the taste of chocolate cookies with a vanilla fudge base.

"We are always looking to offer our fans unique and distinctive ways to express their Peepsonality," said Jody Bigelow, retail special projects leader. "We’re excited to put a new twist on our iconic candy favorites with our first foray into fudge and give our consumers another way to enjoy all of our brands."

The various fudge flavors are currently on sale inside the Peeps & Co. store at the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem for $3.75 per piece or $14.90 for four pieces. The confections will be available all summer and will continue to have new flavors added for sampling and purchase, the company said.

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Fred’s Super Dollar declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Super Dollar on Wednesday announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share. 

The dividend is payable on June 16, 2014, to shareholders of record as of June 2, 2014.

Fred’s operates 704 discount general merchandise stores, including 21 franchised Fred’s stores, in the southeastern United States.

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JAMA: Low-income families with high cost-share levels most likely to forego a child’s asthma treatment

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — According to a report published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics, cost-related barriers to care among children with asthma are concentrated among low-income families with higher cost-sharing levels. And while the Affordable Care Act’s low-income subsidies may reduce these barriers for many families, millions of dependents for whom employer-sponsored family coverage is unaffordable could remain at risk for cost-related problems because of ACA subsidy eligibility rules, the report concluded. 

Overall, 15.6% of parents borrowed money or cut back on necessities to pay for their children’s asthma care, the report noted. 

After adjustment, parents at or below 250% of the federal poverty level with lower vs. higher cost-sharing levels were less likely to delay or avoid taking their children to a physician’s office visit (3.8% vs 31.6%) and the emergency department (1.2% vs 19.4%) because of cost. Higher-income parents and those whose children were receiving public subsidies (e.g., Medicaid, CHIP) also were less likely to forego their children’s care than parents at or below 250% of the FPL with higher cost-sharing levels. 

"We found that delaying and avoiding health care because of costs was concentrated among commercially insured children with higher levels of cost sharing and household incomes at or less than 250% of the FPL," researchers noted. "The ACA will expand cost-sharing subsidies to families with incomes at or below 250% of the FPL, which could reduce cost-related barriers to care, especially for families with children with chronic conditions like asthma and living in states with lower income eligibility limits for CHIP. For families at 200% to 250% of the FPL, however, these cost-sharing subsidies will be modest," they added. "Moreover, because of a family glitch, these subsidies will not be available to millions of dependents for whom employer-sponsored family coverage could be unaffordable. Work is needed to evaluate the effects of the ACA and potential unintended gaps in subsidy access to inform ongoing policy refinements."

Studies examining the effects of expanding subsidized coverage to poor children, such as through Medicaid or CHIP, have found improvements in access to care. According to the researchers, one recent study of commercially insured children with asthma found that higher cost-sharing for drugs was associated with modest reductions in the use of medication and increases in asthma-related hospitalizations for older children. However, limited evidence exists on responses to cost sharing for care other than drugs and on variations across income levels to inform low-income subsidies mandated by the ACA.

 

 

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