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Peter Rabbit Organics rolls out new flavors

BY Allison Cerra

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — Peter Rabbit Organics has expanded its lineup of fruit and vegetable puree snacks.

Peter Rabbit Organics said that its line now touts five new flavors — peach and apple; banana and apple; pear and apple; pear and pea; and pumpkin, carrot and apple — all of which are packaged in BPA-free, resealable pouches. With these flavors, the company now offers 11 varieties.

"Our new pouches are packed full of pure fruits and veggies, and based on flavor combinations moms have been asking for," Peter Rabbit Organics CEO Ben Ford said. "With these new flavors, we’re helping moms squeeze even more nutrition into every day and build healthy eating habits for life."

Peter Rabbit Organics carry a suggested retail price of $1.79 per 4-oz. to 4.4.-oz. pouch.

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Bi-Lo, Coca-Cola partner on Operation Phone Home

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bi-Lo and Coca-Cola on Tuesday announced their partnership with the USO to support its Operation Phone Home program, which connects troops deployed overseas with their families back home through, among other things, a private phone network. For every rotisserie meal bundle sold at all Bi-Lo stores, Coca-Cola will donate $1 to OPH, which buys troops about 20 minutes of talk time.

“When a service member is deployed overseas, separated from their friends and family, sometimes for long periods of time, nothing means more to them than to be able to hear the voice of a loved one,” USO VP corporate alliances Cathy Martens said. “The USO is grateful to have Coca-Cola and Bi-Lo partner with us to support a program that gives our troops that connection they want and need. And it’s only fitting that Americans can help our service men and women spend some quality time with their family, just by purchasing a meal to enjoy with their own family.”

The meal bundle includes: a rotisserie chicken, one 16-oz. signature deli salad and one 1.25-L bottle of any product of Coca-Cola. The program, which is being extended across all Bi-Lo locations, kicks off April 11 and runs through May 8 (or up to $35,000 donation or while supplies of specialty-marked carriers last).

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Rickland Orchards launches Greek yogurt bars

BY Allison Cerra

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Rickland Orchards is encouraging consumers to eat Greek yogurt in a new way.

The company has launched a line of Greek yogurt bars, which feature honey-roasted granola and real fruit dipped in authentic strained Greek yogurt imported from Europe. All of the shelf-stable bars contain all-natural ingredients, 5 g of fiber, 7 g of protein and probiotics, the company said.

"We are thrilled with the overwhelming positive response we have received on our Greek yogurt bars," Rickland Orchards co-founder and CEO Jason Cohen said. "We have developed the perfect combination of great taste, strong nutritional values and on trend, quality ingredients."

Rickland Orchards Greek yogurt bars are available in blueberry acai, cherry almond, toasted coconut, cranberry almond, apple and honey and orchard peach varieties and are sold nationwide.

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