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Tradition, heritage drive Hispanics’ protein consumption habits, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — Hispanics often tick to their own traditions when it comes to selecting protein-rich foods, according to a new study.

Hispanics consume disproportionately high amounts of legumes, eggs, chicken and seafood compared with non-Hispanics, and the level of importance of these foods remains relatively unchanged from five years ago, and tradition and heritage drive meal choices among both Spanish- and English-speaking Hispanics, according to the NPD Group’s "NET Hispanic" study. NET stands for "national eating trends."

"It’s important for manufacturers and retailers to understand the role that tradition and heritage play in U.S. Hispanics food and beverage choices," NPD food and beverage industry analyst Darren Seifer said. "Understanding which product categories appeal to each Hispanic consumer group will be critical to effectively connecting with these consumers, and understanding the situations and motivations that drive category consumption will enable food companies to influence future sales to these groups."

The study found that Hispanics report chicken and beans as the proteins that most reflect their heritage, and chicken features in more afternoon meals among Hispanics than among non-Hispanics, but they still consume beef and yogurt at frequencies comparable to non-Hispanics. Cheese, nuts and seeds, peanut butter and turkey are consumed less frequently.

The study noted that the foods and beverages served in Hispanic households in the United States were the result of centuries of family tradition and national cuisine originating in Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and other Spanish-speaking countries.

 

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Bill Clinton to speak at NCPA show in October

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Former president Bill Clinton will address the National Community Pharmacists Association’s exposition in Orlando, Fla., this October, the group said Friday.

The NCPA’s 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition will take place Oct. 12-16 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.

After leaving office as the 42nd president, Clinton founded the William J. Clinton Foundation to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment, including helping 4.5 million people living with HIV and AIDS gain access to drugs.

"NCPA’s convention offers independent community pharmacists an edge," NCPA president Donnie Calhoun said. "Now more than ever, community pharmacies must find a way to differentiate themselves from the competition. The programming and networking at this meeting offer pharmacists the path to stand out in their communities and the path to a successful future."


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Heartworm risk in pets increases with warmer weather, veterinary group warns

BY Alaric DeArment

AUSTIN, Texas — A veterinary group in Texas is urging pet owners to protect their cats and dogs from heartworms.

The Texas Veterinary Medical Association is marking Heartworm Awareness Month in April, warning about the ease by which mosquitoes can transmit the illness to pets.

"Mosquitoes are not selective, and therefore any dog or cat, regardless of breed, age or indoor/outdoor status, is at risk," TVMA member Jennifer Hennessey said. "Treatment of heartworm disease is far more costly on the owner’s pocketbook than keeping the pet on a preventative medication, and there is no treatment for feline heartworm disease, only the opportunity to prevent it. The prevention products on the market today are safe and effective."

The organization said Texas has one of the highest concentrations of heartworm disease in the United States, and the risk is increased as temperatures and mosquito populations increase.

 

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