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Two new flavors join Yoplait Delights roster

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Yoplait is expanding its decadent line of rich and creamy yogurt parfaits with two new flavors.

Chocolate éclair and cherry cheesecake are the newest additions to Yoplait Delights. Boasting just 100 calories and 1.5 g of fat, dessert lovers can enjoy a tasty treat without tipping the scales.

Yoplait Delights is available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $2.99 for a package of four 4-oz. cups. Additional flavors in the lineup include chocolate raspberry, triple berry crème, lemon torte and crème caramel.

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Iced latte lovers, rejoice: Seattle’s Best Coffee rolls out new line

BY Allison Cerra

SEATTLE — Reaching out to iced latte enthusiasts, Seattle’s Best Coffee is rolling out new ready-to-drink beverages nationwide.

Made with the same premium coffee as the Seattle’s Best Coffee hand-crafted beverages, the iced canned lattes line includes an iced latte, iced vanilla latte and iced mocha latte, each with 130 calories, allowing consumers to enjoy the beverages on the go.

The new iced canned lattes follow the company’s test last year on the West Coast.

“With this move, we’re continuing to deliver on our ‘Anywhere Great Coffee Is Needed’ strategy by bringing a new kind of convenience to iced coffee, which is the fastest-growing segment in premium coffee,” said Michelle Gass, Seattle’s Best Coffee president. “Through our test, we confirmed that consumers are looking for a great-tasting iced coffee beverage in an on-the-go format. And at only 130 calories per serving, it’s a product they can enjoy at breakfast and throughout the day.”

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IBISWorld: Valentine’s Day will drive retail sales

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — IBISWorld predicted Valentine’s Day will boost retail sales in a new report.

The independent market and research firm said that consumers are expected to spend 5.8% more on Valentine’s Day purchases this year than last year, totaling $18.6 billion, or about $125 per person.

Big gains will be seen across all categories, especially in such staples as greeting cards and candy, which are projected to grow 4.9% and 5.1%, respectively.

Although Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, IBISWorld noted that “nevertheless, growth is expected for each of the popular Valentine’s Day categories this year, which is great news for retailers nationwide.”

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