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Bandai America to bring back the ’90s Tamagotchi

BY DSN STAFF

What’s old is certainly new again.

Fresh off the heels of unveiling the classic Tamagotchi in spring colors, Bandai America announced that it will bring back some vintage style designs of the classic game.

The El Segundo, Calif.-based company will roll out eight of the products original colors that debuted in 1997, alongside some new hues.

In addition, the release will be rolled out in two generations and feature the same original programming from two decades ago, the company said.

“We have found that since we brought the Tamagotchi back last year in a new form, fans have been clamoring for the return of the originals that launched in 1997,” Tara Badie, Bandai America’s marketing director, said. “We have decided to bring back the original Tamagotchi with some new additions that will keep the classic look and feel of the original game, but with new colors that will bring the device to life like never before.”

With each of the Tamagotchi’s, users will be able to feed, clean up after it and discipline it while raising it into adulthood. Two different games to play also are included, a character and numbers game.

The devices will be released in two separate generations, including:

  • Generation One, which includes a character game where players guess which direction the Tamagotchi will move. It will come in eight colors that include purple with pink, translucent blue, rainbow, striped tiger, pink with yellow, white with black, red glitter, and mermaid;
  • Generation Two, which features a numbers game where players guess whether the next number will be higher or lower. Featured colors include white and pink, black and silver, green glitter, colorful leopard, blue with silver, yellow with blue, galaxy, and white with colorful characters.

Each device will be sold individually at the suggested retail price of $19.99.

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Cherryvale Farms dives into the snack bar game

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Cherryvale Farms is adding to its portfolio of products, but not with another new line of individual mug cake mixes.

The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based company announced that it will launch a new line of whole grain snack bars.

“As a pioneer in plant-based baking, we are continually looking for new and innovative ways to meet the needs of consumers, and Love It! bars are a natural evolution for the brand,” Cherryvale Farms CEO Lindsey Rosenberg said. “We are excited to take this first step outside the baking aisle to offer bars with a delicious fresh-baked taste, so fans of our baking mixes can now enjoy that same experience in a ready-to-eat snack.”

The Love It! collection of snack bars features products that are plant-based and contain real fruit, the company said.

Available in three flavors — banana chocolate, blueberry lemon and cherry vanilla — the products also are Non-GMO Project Verified, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and do not contain artificial colors or flavors.

Cherryvale Farms’ Love It! bars will be available in October at select retailers and on Amazon.

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MorningStar Farms’ Chik’N products go vegan

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Fans of MorningStar Farms’ products who were asking for a wider range of vegan options just got what they wished for.

The Battle Creek, Mich.-based company, which is part of the Kellogg’s family, announced the launch of new vegan additions to its Chik’N line of products.

After introducing its vegan barbecue Chik’N nuggets and vegan burgers, the brand decided to expand the line to include buffalo wings, buffalo Chik patties and original patties.

“We know there is a great demand for more variety when it comes to vegan options, so we are excited to announce that our great-tasting Chik’N products are now vegan,” Melissa Cash, senior director of brand marketing at Kellogg’s, said. “With more people embracing a plant-based diet and lifestyle, MorningStar Farms is committed to making food for all to enjoy.”

The brand’s vegan options are made with non-GMO soy, and colors and flavors that are derived from natural sources, the company said.

All of MorningStar Farms’ new launches are available for purchase wherever the brand’s products are currently sold.

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