Sargento introduces reduced sodium line
PLYMOUTH, Wis. In an effort to reach health-conscious consumers, Sargento is making its cheeses with 25% less sodium.
Sargento’s reduced sodium cheeses come in six new varieties, including: colby-jack slices, provolone slices, colby-jack snack sticks, string snacks, mild cheddar shredded cheese and mozzarella shredded cheese.
“With almost 50% of consumers reading food labels for sodium content, we’re responding to their interest in lowering their daily intake by offering reduced sodium Sargento cheeses,” said Chris Groom, marketing director. “However, we only wanted to launch the line if we could still provide the great tasting natural cheese that consumers love, which this line does successfully.”
Available in slices, shreds and snacks, the new reduced sodium cheeses will be on grocery store shelves nationwide in March. In addition to the new reduced sodium cheeses, Sargento offers a variety of full flavor natural reduced fat cheeses.
PepsiCo completes bottlers acquisitions
PURCHASE, N.Y. Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has completed its $7.8 billion strategic acquisitions of its two largest bottlers, Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas.
“Today marks Day One of the new PepsiCo,” said chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. “Bringing together these three great companies enables us to create the industry’s fastest, most flexible and most efficient food and beverage system. It will leverage the capabilities of our entire enterprise — what we call The Power of One — to achieve many years of healthy, profitable growth.
“This investment opens up a broad range of new growth opportunities around the world, particularly in North America, which accounts for the majority of our revenues and offers the prospect of significant growth. We have approximately 115,000 employees in the U.S. alone, and we are committed to continuing to invest in this critically important market,” added Nooyi.
PepsiCo said it expects to achieve 11% to 13% EPS growth in 2010. The company also said it expects to achieve low-double-digit core constant currency EPS growth in 2011 and 2012.
“We have devoted the last 10 months to meticulously planning the integration of our companies, and we are fully prepared to launch our new enterprise starting today,” Nooyi said. “Most important, we have an exceptionally strong and experienced leadership team in place and ready to go.”
New nut flavors hit store shelves
DURANGO, Colo. Ricky’s Lucky Nuts has launched glazed peanuts in four unique flavors.
Created by restaurateur Paul Gelose, Rickey’s Lucky Nuts contain no-oil-added roasting process, all-natural ingredients and unique flavor profiles have created something totally new in the snack aisle.
“More and more people are looking for snacks that are interesting and different. The expectation of quality is being met by several products but our snack peanut goes above quality to give the snacker an exceptional flavor experience,” Gelose said.
In addition to its Original Style Peanut, the line has expanded include three more international flavors:
- Bombay Curry Coconut
- Spicy Chile Chipotle
- Black Pepper & Salt
Ricky’s Lucky Nuts are available at select Whole Foods, H-E-B, City Markets, Tony’s Markets and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies.