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St. Patrick’s Day meets its match: Anheuser-Busch’s Bare Knuckle Stout

BY Tara Smith

ST. LOUIS Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday the introduction of Bare Knuckle Stout, just in time to toast St. Patrick’s Day.

This American-made Irish-style dry stout is brewed with pale and caramel-roasted barley malts, resulting in a caramel and hop aroma, a robust taste and distinctive creamy head. Though perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, a special holiday spent toasting friends and family with a great beer, Bare Knuckle Stout is also enjoyable year-round and with casual and fine dining. The stout, which contains 4.2 percent alcohol by volume, pairs well with oysters on the half shell, the company said.

“Bare Knuckle Stout has generated a lot of excitement among beer drinkers who are on the lookout for what’s new and different on tap. Those who enjoy a great stout will appreciate the smooth Irish character and strong American spirit of Bare Knuckle Stout,” said George Reisch, brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Available nationwide, Bare Knuckle Stout is sold in 1/2 and 1/6 draught barrel kegs, as well as nitro-cans and bottles.

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P&G plans to spin off Folgers

BY Tara Smith

CHICAGO Procter & Gamble Co. is expected to announce it will spin off its Folgers coffee business by the end of the month, the Wall Street Journal reported today on its Web site.

A P&G spokesman declined to comment on the story, citing company policy.

P&G had been reported as considering the sale of Folgers—the largest U.S. coffee brand—as well as Pringles potato chips and Duracell batteries. The Folgers business, which has just under $2 billion in annual sales, has long been seen as one that did not necessarily fit in with P&G’s portfolio, as the company focuses on higher growth areas like beauty and health care.

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Stella D’oro introduces 100-calorie Breakfast Treats

BY Tara Smith

NEW YORK The Stella D’oro Company today announced the introduction of a new line of 100-calorie items featuring its famous Breakfast Treats.

The 100-calorie items are available in two flavors: original and chocolate. The product was designed using the company’s signature “S” cookie shape. Each box contains six pouches that each contain 18 mini Breakfast Treats and will retail for a suggested price of $2.99.

“We feel that this product has tremendous potential as it combines the equity of the Breakfast Treat cookie with the wellness and eating trends evident in today’s packaged food market,” said Michele Abo, President, Stella D’oro.

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