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Pringles, USO offer service men, women a ‘taste of home’

BY Allison Cerra

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Pringles has teamed up with the United Service Organizations this Memorial Day to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

As part of its "Taste of Home" campaign, Pringles said it will support the USO by delivering than 43,000 free cans of Pringles to USO Centers, which will be distributed to troops deployed around the world in appreciation of their service. What’s more, specially wrapped Pringles cans will be sold at Walmart stores nationwide.

"This campaign is especially important to the USO for two reasons," USO SVP and chief development officer Kelli Seely said. "Not only does it provide our troops far from home and their loved ones with a taste of home, but also these Pringles have been made by people with a personal connection to our service men and women. It’s a true gift from the heart and there’s no better way to let our heroes know just how grateful we are for their service and sacrifice."

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Report: Bottled water consumption jumps by more than 4%

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — U.S. bottled water consumption increased to 9.1 billion gallons in 2011, up 4.1% from 2010, according to a new report.

The International Bottled Water Association, in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corp., found that while other major beverage categories, such as carbonated soft drinks, milk, and fruit beverages, continue to suffer declines in consumption, bottled water rates head in the opposite direction. IBWA and BMC found that in addition to the increase in consumption by 4.1%, per-capita consumption was up 3.2% in 2011, with every person in America drinking an average of 29.2 gallons of bottled water last year.

"People choose bottled water for a variety reasons," IBWA VP communications Chris Hogan said. "Many consumers are focusing on healthful choices for themselves and their families, and they know that crisp, refreshing bottled water has zero calories and is the healthiest option on the shelf. They also appreciate the reliable, consistent quality of bottled water."

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Nature’s One seeks to eliminate arsenic from baby formula

BY DSN STAFF

LEWIS CENTER, Ohio — Organic baby formula brand Nature’s One said it is committed to minimize or eliminate environmental contaminants, such as arsenic and other heavy metals.

"It is not enough to talk about what is added to a formula to make it beneficial," Nature’s One CEO Jay Highman said. "Instead, we need to talk about what is not in the formula or baby’s first foods. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals go undetected because they are not tested routinely, or are concealed under current labeling regulations. The company’s founding goal has always been to identify and eliminate toxins that may negatively impact human development."

The company said it first introduced organic formula in 1999. Nature’s One said it was the first to eliminate the use of pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, corn syrup, algae/fungus oils and bisphenol-A. The scope of this purity pledge now has expanded to include contaminants that "transcend both organically and conventionally grown foods." Its expanded purity initiative also encourages other formula and baby food manufacturers to follow its lead utilizing the best science and technology to accomplish this goal.

"Our purity initiative has no ending point; eliminating or minimizing these toxins should be a goal for all companies who want to provide the very best in nutritional and developmental health," Highman said.

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