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Report: Convenience store answers call to craft beer with tastings

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — A lot of convenience stores sell beer, but one in Seattle has found an interesting way to draw customers with quaffable brews, according to a published report.

In a first-person article, Seattle Times reporter Tan Vinh wrote Tuesday that Super Deli Mart is hosting craft beer tastings, featuring pints for $3 and growler refills for $10, which customers can fill at in-store taps. The store also features “brewery of the week” events in which brewers sign bottles for customers.

Perhaps it’s a sign that tastes in a country better known for cheap, mass-produced lagers are changing. On the other side of the country, New York retail pharmacy chain Duane Reade recently opened its second location to feature beer taps where customers can fill their growlers.

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Kashi heating up frozen food aisle

BY Allison Cerra

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi has added an entree and pizza to its line of all-natural frozen foods.

The new spicy black bean enchilada single-serve entree features red skin potatoes, roasted red peppers, corn and spinach, all wrapped in a seven whole grain and corn tortilla, which is topped with a vibrant tomatillo, cilantro and jalapeno salsa. The entree also includes a side of Kashi seven whole grain pilaf. The entree will retail for $4.09, the company said.

Kashi also launched its basil pesto pizza, which layers a savory basil pesto sauce with sweet roma tomatoes, caramelized onions, mozzarella and feta cheese on a wood-fired thin and crispy crust made with Kashi’s signature seven whole grains and sesame, the company said. Kashi’s basil pesto pizza will retail for $5.99.

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Indie Candy gears up for Easter with allergen-free options

BY Allison Cerra

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Indie Candy is taking on Easter with its new allergen-free Easter candy line.

Indie Candy’s 2011 Easter line includes Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, spring flowers and carrots collections.

For its Easter bunnies line, Indie Candy has introduced such varieties as gummies in key lime, watermelon and pineapple flavors; a chocolate Funny Bunny face lollipop; a chocolate Peter Rabbit full-body bunny lollipop; and a solid chocolate free-standing bunny in a gold box.

The Easter eggs collection includes gummies in key lime, watermelon and pineapple flavors, as well as hard-candy lollipops in mango, key lime and watermelon flavors.

The spring flowers collection features hard-candy lollipops in pineapple, key lime and watermelon flavors, and the carrots variety includes an orange-flavored hard-candy lollipop.

Indie Candy’s products can be purchased online and at Whole Foods locations throughout the Southeast.

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