Food Business News - October 23, 2012 - (Page 64)

New Food Products Healthy Choice expands with Baked Entrees OMAHA — ConAgra Foods, Inc. is introducing Healthy Choice Baked Entrees as a way of enjoying comfort foods in a healthier and convenient way. The line includes four cheese ziti marinara, roasted chicken and potatoes, fettuccini Alfredo bake, Italian sausage pasta bake, lasagna with meat sauce, and chicken and rice cheddar bake. “Consumers are looking for delicious meals that replicate the comfort foods they know and love but also fit within their goals to lead Kunzler to debut portioned ham medallions LANCASTER, PA. — Kunzler & Co., a processed meat company, is introducing ham medallions, a portioned product designed to fit on a biscuit or a muffin and compete with Canadian bacon. “We listened and are delivering on what our consumers are asking for: food that is convenient, nutritious, delicious, healthy and a value for the money,” said Chris Kunzler III, president of the company. Available nationwide, the products are vacuum packaged and feature six 1-oz pre-sliced pieces per package. The suggested retail price for the new product is $3.29. FBN lif ” id D a healthy life,” said Dana Southard, brand manager for Healthy Choice. “Healthy Choice Baked Entrees deliver fresh baked taste with flavors th l b t ith they love but without any of the guilt.” The meals may be found in the freezer aisle for a suggested retail price of $2.50. FBN Thanasi Foods to launch new smoked meats snack line Olive Garden debuts ‘Lighter Italian Fare’ menu ORLANDO, FLA. — Olive Garden has added a “Lighter Italian Fare” menu. The new menu, along with the launch of the restaurant chain’s first new national advertising campaign in nearly 10 years and the introduction of new Porta Vita signature wines, are part of the company’s efforts to attract new customers. The Lighter Italian Fare menu features five entrees containing fewer than 575 calories each. The entrees include a variety of pasta, chicken and seafood choices, including lasagna primavera with grilled chicken, seafood brodetto, herb-grilled salmon, linguine alla marinara, and Venetian apricot chicken. “We’re making it easy for guests looking for lighter choices to find a variety of satisfying, full-flavored entrees under 575 calories,” said Jay Spenchian, executive vice-president of marketing for Olive Garden. “The changes we’re making to our menu over time will significantly expand the food choices we provide to our guests, from more indulgent dishes to lighter entrees.” FBN BOULDER, COLO. — Thanasi Foods, L.L.C., a snack foods manufacturer, is introducing a new product line called Duke’s Small Batch Smoked Meats. The new product line includes: Angus beef jerky; roasted cayenne beef jerky with Frank’s brand hot sauce; island teriyaki beef jerky with Kikkoman brand soy sauce; Chile ‘n Lime steak strips; spicy barbecue beef brisket with Stubbs’s brand barbecue sauce; cracked pepper beef jerky; bourbon glaze beef steak strips with Jim Beam brand bourbon; Duke’s honey bourbon beef jerky with Jim Beam bourbon; sweet barbecue braised pork strips with Stubb’s sauce; “shorty” smoked sausages; and a spicy “shorty” smoked sausage product. The new line is available in 3-oz and 4-oz resealable bags in eight-count cases, and the line will be available to retailers and distributors beginning in December. FBN 64 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® October 23, 2012

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Food Business News - October 23, 2012
Private label penetration forecast to grow in U.S.
Softer demand slows rate of Nestle sales growth
Drought’s impact becomes clearer
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Web Contents
Editorial - Food issues dampened before election
Culver acquisition boosts B&G third-quarter income
Foreign exchange rate cuts into McDonald’s earnings
Structural changes cut into PepsiCo sales in third quarter
Legislation proposed to track antibiotic use on farms
Dean Foods posts preliminary WhiteWave-Alpro results
California poultry processor files for Chapter 11 protection
Peapod testing virtual grocery stores in the Northeast
Shell egg prices push Cal-Maine income up sharply
ConAgra to close pork processing plant
Cereal Partners Worldwide to reduce sugar, sodium
Frozen food sales projected to remain sluggish
New food safety effort targets consumers
ConAgra Foods looks to heighten focus on nutrition addition
Cholesterol profile of U.S. adults improving
Food and beverage C.P.I. increases in September
Strong China results boost Yum! earnings
Global Greek yogurt introductions accelerate
Sunland recall reverberates throughout the industry
JBS USA has option to acquire XL Foods
Washington - F.D.A. issues guidance for food facility registration
Sports Nutrition - Broadening the appeal for sports nutrition products
Ingredient Innovations - Ushering in the next generation
Convenience Store Trends - On-the-go gourmet
Beverage Business News - Looking for a Pepsi rebound
Old Orchard debuts frozen sweet tea line
Red Bull to add fruit-flavored energy drinks
Lawsuit takes aim at New York’s 16-oz beverage rule
Coca-Cola profit climbs on volume growth
Beverage industry embraces calorie counts on vending machines
Journal report links sugary beverages to obesity
Tingyi partnership poised for flight
Beverage still tops at Pepsi...barely
Beverage Trends - An (energy) shot in the arm
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - CME Group to acquire the K.C.B.T
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - October 23, 2012