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StarKist launches Autentico line

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH — StarKist has introduced a new line of canned tuna that is aimed at Hispanic consumers.

StarKist’s new Autentico line includes StarKist tuna blended with spices and/or vegetables. The line includes Autentico chunk light tuna in oil with vegetables, Autentico sweet and spicy chunk light tuna in oil with peppers and Autentico chunk light tuna with jalapeños.

StarKist Autentico tuna products retail for about $1.69 per can.

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Report: Costco’s donations to Washington state initiative break records

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale’s donations to a Washington state voter initiative that would legalize liquor sales by private retailers have broken state records, according to published reports.

The Seattle Times reported that the $22 million the mass-merchandise chain spent on Initiative 1183 was the most any single donor had ever spent on an initiative. In addition, Safeway and Trader Joe’s each spent $50,000, while the Northwest Grocery Association spent $30,373, the newspaper reported. Meanwhile, alcohol wholesalers, the Beer Institute and the UFCW Local 21 have donated to defeat the measure.

Washington is among the handful of states in which liquor may only be sold in state-owned liquor stores, due to laws that date back to the period following Prohibition, when alcohol sales were legalized but became subject to strict regulations.

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Dole introduces fruit smoothie shakers, frozen fruit single-serve cups

BY Allison Cerra

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole has boosted its frozen fruit offerings.

Dole fruit smoothie shakers and Dole frozen fruit single-serve cups are designed to provide consumers with new ways to enjoy the great taste of fresh fruit right from the freezer, Dole said.

“Now more than ever consumers are looking for a variety of options that fit into a healthy diet,” Dole Packaged Foods marketing director Paul Panza said. “By developing frozen products like our fruit smoothie shakers and frozen fruit single-serve cups, that are made with real fruit and all-natural ingredients, we can give consumers new and easy ways to add fruit to their diet — with the convenience and value they have come to expect from Dole.”

Dole fruit smoothie shakers, which are available in strawberry banana, strawberry and mixed berry flavors, carry a suggested retail price of $2.19. Dole frozen fruit single-serve cups, available in strawberry, pineapple and blueberry, carry a suggested retail price of $2.49 for a pack of two 3-oz. cups of strawberries or pineapple, and $2.79 for a pack of two 3-oz. cups of blueberries.

The new products are available at select retail outlets and select Walmart stores, with a national rollout slated for April 2012.

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