Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NEWS & NOTES; Products Galore Coming to Store Shelves

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NEWS & NOTES; Products Galore Coming to Store Shelves

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Byline: DAVID C.L. BAUER

A grocery cart or two worth of new items will be hitting store shelves within the coming weeks, many of them promoting their healthful connections. Among them:

Altoids: Two new flavors of the "Curiously Strong" mints will be in markets this month. Its Creme de Menthe Sweet Mints will sell for $1.99 for a 1.76-ounce tin. There will also be a chocolate-dipped version selling for $2.49.

Balance Pure Fruit & Nut Energy Bars: Gluten-free and protein packed, Balance Pure bars blend nutrition with taste. Cherry Pecan and Chocolate Cashew will be the newest flavors. Retail price is $1.59.

Breakfast Breaks: Pre-packaged breakfast is a growing market for increasingly on-the-go lifestyles. Breakfast Breaks starts with a bowl of cereal and adds a fruit or grain bar and juice.

Brothers-All-Natural Crisps: Brothers' fruit crisps and potato crisps have been in stores for a while, bringing such flavors as Fuji Apple and Pineapple in chiplike form. Now White and Yellow Peach Crisps are being added, with the same gluten- and dairy-free taste. The new Potato Crisp flavors are Original with Sea Salt, Black Pepper and Sea Salt, Szechuan Pepper and Fresh Chives and Fresh Onion and Garlic. Price ranges from 75 cents to $1.19 a bag.

Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale: Canada Dry is adding a few dashes of one of the hottest health trends around these day: green tea. The tea and added vitamin C provide about 200 mgs of "antioxidant power" to the brew, according to its maker.

Deli Creations Flatbread Sandwiches: Oscar Mayer is expanding its Deli Creations line into flatbread sandwiches, with flavors including Buffalo-Style Ranch Chicken; Chicken & Bacon Ranch; Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken; Fajita Beef & Salsa and Steakhouse Beef with Garlic Parmesan sauce.

Kona Brew: Kona started brewing its Hawaiian ale blend in 1995, but its Big Wave Golden Ale, Fire Rock Pale Ale and almost a dozen other blends have been limited in distribution. That started to change when the microbrewery made arrangements with Widmer Bros. Brewing Co. in Portland, Ore., in 2003 and through that got access to the Anheuser-Busch distribution system. …

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