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Ralph’s, Food 4 Less announce checkstand canister fundraising program

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Two supermarket chains owned by Kroger announced their fundraising efforts to benefit local food banks.

Ralph’s and Food 4 Less said that they are collecting donations to help local food banks and families in need through their checkstand canisters. Each retailer kicked off their respective Bringing Hope to the Table initiatives, which include an annual cause-marketing partnership with Feeding America that generated more than $200,000 for Feeding America-affiliated food banks this year.

The efforts by Ralph’s and Food 4 Less are part of their ongoing commitment to bring as much food as possible to hungry families, which also includes a companywide Perishables Donations Partnership program that allows fresh, wholesome food — including meat, produce and dairy products — to be donated directly from the stores to local food banks that are able to safely handle perishable foods.

Food 4 Less operates 146 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California and Nevada, and Foods Co. in Northern California, from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Ralph’s currently operates 257 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles.

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Skinny Water hits Big Y shelves

BY Allison Cerra

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. A zero-calorie enhanced water brand will be available at 55 Big Y Foods in Massachusetts and Connecticut this month.

Skinny Water currently is available at Safeway stores nationwide. The addition of Big Y increased the total retail store count to 7,079 stores nationwide, up from approximately 4,200 retail outlets at year’s end 2009.

The Skinny Water lineup features nine great-tasting flavors, containing key electrolytes, antioxidants and vitamins, and has zero calories, sugar and sodium, and no preservatives, with all-natural colors and flavors, according to the company.

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Pasta sauce brand gets approval from two health magazines

BY Allison Cerra

TIPTON, Pa. La Famiglia DelGrosso pasta sauce has gained recognition from Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines.

The brand’s sauces were named one of the “125 Best Food for Men” by Men’s Health and also received a “125 Best Packaged Food” award from Women’s Health. Chef John’s tomato basil masterpiece, the Men’s Health winner, is made with whole imported San Marzano plum tomatoes and fragrant basil. One serving of the pasta sauce is only 70 calories and contains 1 g of protein, 8 g of carbs, 2 g of fiber and 4 g of fat.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Health winner, Uncle Joe’s vodka celebration sauce, is made with Uncle Joe’s signature combination of whole, peeled imported Italian plum tomatoes, imported pecorino Romano cheese and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes, which rounds out the flavor with a subtle kick. A one cup serving boasts 90 calories, 6 g of fat (2 g of saturated fat), 8 g of carbs, 430 mg of sodium, 2 g of fiber and 2 g of protein.

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