New Food Rollout for June 2007

This month's new product rollout features new baby foods formulated for time of day feedings from Beech-Nut; heart-healthy OJ from Tropicana; Yoplait's yogurt for kids; grilling seasonings from Weber Grill; ethnic-inspired grilling meats from Niman Ranch; new Orbit mint flavors from Wrigley; and roasted chicken flavors from Tyson.

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Good morning, good evening, babies

St. Louis-based Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp., a subsidiary of Hero Group of Lenzburg, Switzerland, launches Good Morning and Good Evening, the first lines of baby foods formulated to offer key ingredients to infants already eating solid baby foods, based on their nutritional needs the time of day that they are fed.

Beech-Nut scientists and Dr. Richard Theuer, a pediatric nutritionist and nutritional consultant to Beech-Nut, relied on significant research to develop the line based on the nutritional needs, growth and digestive patterns of babies. "Much like adults, infants can benefit from a healthy breakfast that's made with whole grains and soluble fiber to encourage a steady release of energy throughout the morning to help keep them alert and eager to learn and play," says Theuer. "At night time, because babies grow more when they are resting, they need a diet containing high-quality protein to help build muscle."

In addition to protein to help keep babies calm and relaxed during the evening, Good Evening includes the prebiotic inulin to help babies' digestive health by stimulating the growth of "good" bacteria. Beech-Nut claims to be the first major jarred baby food or cereal to include prebiotics.

All of Beech-Nut's cereal and jarred foods are all-natural with added vitamins and minerals. and its jarred baby foods contain no added salt, starches, refined sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, soy or trans fat.

Varieties include 8-oz. packages of dry cereals and five varieties of 4-oz. jarred food each in the Good Morning and Good Evening lineups. Dry cereal flavors include: Good Morning Oatmeal with Mixed Fruit and Whole Grain Oatmeal & Chiquita Bananas, plus Good Evening Brown Rice and Whole Grain Mixed Grain. Jar foods include: Good Morning Peach Oatmeal Banana; Rice Cereal & Apple with Egg; Cinnamon Raisin Granola; Mixed Fruit Yogurt and Country Breakfast; plus Good Evening Turkey Tetrazzini, Hearty Vegetable Stew, Ginger Chicken & Veggies, Creamy Chicken Noodle, and Ham, Pineapple & Rice.

Suggested retail price is the same as existing Beech-Nut Stage 2 baby food.

Drink your omega-3s at breakfast

Chicago-based Tropicana Products Inc., a division of PepsiCo, takes cardiovascular health to heart with the rollout of Tropicana Healthy Heart with Omega-3s, the first national orange juice to include omega-3s, the fatty acids known for helping to promote heart health.

Fewer than 25 percent of American adults consume the daily value of omega-3 acids EPA and DHA. Tropicana Healthy Heart with Omega-3s delivers 50mg of omega-3s in every 8-oz. glass. It contains an encapsulated, marine-based source of omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fatty acids to offer consumers heart-health benefits in a convenient way at breakfast.

"Orange juice is a perfect food to make it easier for people to consume more omega-3s in the diet," says Mark Andon, director of nutrition. "Orange juice is the most popular juice in America and the benefits of drinking Tropicana Healthy Heart with Omega-3s build on the other heart health benefits of orange juice, including it being sodium-free, saturated fat-free and a good source of potassium."

Suggested retail price of for a 64-oz. carton is $3.49.

Little hands can spoon up DHA

Minneapolis-based General Mills adds DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid and important nutrient that supports brain growth and eye development during early childhood developmental stages, to its Yoplait Kids yogurt line.

An excellent source of calcium and a good source of vitamins A and D and protein, Yoplait Kids now provides 16mg of naturally sourced omega-3 DHA per serving. It comes in a two-flavor six-pack of 4-oz cups. Flavors include Strawberry/Strawberry Vanilla; Peach/Strawberry Banana and Banana/Vanilla.

"Yoplait Kids with omega-3 DHA is ideal for those consumers who are looking for easy ways to integrate this important nutrient into their children's diets," says Phillip Zinda, Yoplait marketing. "By adding omega-3 DHA, Yoplait Kids offers even broader dietary benefits. Plus, Yoplait Kids has 25 percent less sugar than comparable brands of children's yogurt."

Suggested retail price is $2.69 per pack.

Weber Grill seasonings for the season

According to Information Resources Inc., the grill seasoning category increased more than 12 percent in the past year, and Weber Grill's primary research shows that more than half of all outdoor chefs now grill year round.

Weber-Stephen Products Co., Palatine, Ill., and ACH Food Cos., a subsidiary of London-based Associated British Foods, entered into a licensing agreement to introduce Weber Grill Creations, a line of eight seasonings, six marinades and three grilling grinders versatile enough to be used on any type of grilled food from steak and chicken to fish and vegetables.

Seasoning varieties include: Chicago Steak; Kick'n Chicken; Sweet & Tangy BBQ; N'Orleans Cajun; Smoky Mesquite; Gourmet Burger; Zesty Lemon Seasoning and Veggie Grill. Marinades are White Wine & Herb; Black Peppercorn; Italian Herb; Chipotle; Tomato Garlic Pesto and Mesquite, while the grinders come in Chicago Steak, Kick'n Chicken and Zesty Lemon Seasoning.

"Passion for grilling continues to grow in America, and consumers are looking for new and different flavors to enhance their grilling experience," says brand manager Brooke Jones. "Weber Grill Creations have tested favorably in offering grillers a wider variety of tastes with its distinctive line of seasonings and marinades."

Suggested retail prices for the seasonings $2.99 for 3.6 oz. and $3.99 for 8.4 oz.; marinade mixes are $1.

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