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Thomas’ Bagel Thins teams up with celebrity nutritionist

BY Allison Cerra

HORSHAM, Pa. — Thomas’ Bagel Thins has teamed up with celebrity nutritionist Keri Glassman to promote healthy choices in 2011 and beyond.

As part of the partnership, Glassman has created morning makeover tips and four original recipes, one for each Bagel Thins bagel variety, to help consumers find weight-loss success this new year. The tips and recipes also can be accessed at ThomasBagels.com.

“We’re excited to be working with Keri,” said Eileen Gonthier, Thomas’ brand manager. “She shares Thomas’ attitude for an approachably wholesome lifestyle and knows that taste can’t be sacrificed for nutrition. They need to go hand-in-hand to ensure long-lasting wellness.”

Thomas’ Bagel Thins bagels are available in 100% whole wheat, everything, plain and cinnamon raisin varieties. Every variety is low in fat and a good source of fiber, and the 100% whole wheat flavor offers 21 g of whole grains per serving, according to the brand.

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R.W. Knudsen Family sweetens beverages with Truvia

BY Allison Cerra

WAYZATA, Minn. — R.W. Knudsen Family has rolled out new drinks that cut back on calories but not on flavor.

The beverage maker announced this week that its new light juices line, available in blueberry, cranberry and pomegranate varieties, is sweetened with zero-calorie sweetener Truvia. The drinks, R.W. Knudsen Family said, have 45% less calories than other superfruit blends.

What’s more, the company said, its Recharge line of products now includes Recharge sports drink mixes, which also are naturally sweetened with Truvia. R.W. Knudsen Family said the sports drink mixes deliver essential electrolytes and optimal vitamins, without the added sugar.

The R.W. Knudsen Family light juices and Recharge lines now are available nationwide at Whole Foods and other natural food retailers for a suggested retail price of $3.49 and $3.99, respectively.

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Food manufacturers should clearly state nutrient information on packages

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Almost half of shoppers surveyed by HealthFocus International believed that food manufacturers should clearly state their products’ contents, especially calories, fat and sodium content.

Building on research conducted earlier this month that found front-of-pack labels may not sway customers from purchasing certain items in stores, HealthFocus noted in its newest survey that 45% of shoppers said they use the label information to decipher which products have too much of an ingredient they are trying to avoid.

Many food manufacturers have placed FOP labels on their products to display their nutrients and other ingredients. The information, however, varies from product to product, with some packages displaying symbols and others showing the actual levels of nutrients, HealthFocus said.

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