Natura Pet Recalls 5 Lots of Dry Cat and Dry Ferret Food due to Vitamin Insufficiency

Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility.  Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets can become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods. Early signs of vitamin deficiency may include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated promptly, vitamin deficiency can be successfully reversed.  The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

There have been no reports of animal health concerns to date, but these lots do not meet our quality standards and should not be consumed by pets.  No other EVO® products or lots are affected by this issue.

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2014 Bacon World Champion Is Named Defending Champion

Ricardo Heredia takes home $10,000 for the category championship

Bringing home the bacon, Ricardo Heredia of San Diego was named the Bacon World Champion in Las Vegas in mid-November at the World Food Championships (WFC). Defending his title, Heredia has now claimed the category championship two years in a row, winning over $120,000. The World Food Championships took place in Downtown Las Vegas, Nov. 12-18.

The Bacon World Championship, presented by Wright® Brand Bacon, welcomed nearly 50 world-class competitors to the playing field. Each competitor in this tournament-style competition turned in at least two bacon-themed recipes and competitors who advanced to the Top 10 round submitted an additional bacon-themed recipe, with the infusion of corn or cornmeal.

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Garrett Popcorn Shops® Unveils Limited Holiday Time Only Products

Holiday Mix™ And Gingerbread CaramelCrisp® Seasonal Signature Tin Designs and Festive Holiday Gift Sets Also Now Available

Holiday gifting just got a whole lot tastier! Garrett Popcorn Shops®, “A Chicago Tradition Since 1949,” has unveiled two new limited time only flavors for the holidays. The Holiday Mix features smooth and creamy White Chocolate Covered CaramelCrisp® gently combined with Gingerbread CaramelCrisp®, while the Gingerbread CaramelCrisp® recipe features warm notes of ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Both recipes are sure to make a festive addition to any holiday gathering.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates National Espresso Day All Weekend

With Special Latte Love Twitter Sweepstakes Dunkin’ Donuts also announces that the majority of its restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and will have extended hours on Black Friday

Sunday, November 23 is National Espresso Day, and Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating with a special “Latte Love” Twitter sweepstakes to help fans enjoy the brand’s holiday lattes all throughout the weekend. Beginning Friday, November 21 and continuing through National Espresso Day, @DunkinDonuts is asking fans to tweet which of the brand’s three holiday flavors – Sugar Cookie, Snickerdoodle Cookie or Peppermint Mocha – they most want to try this season, using the special hashtag #DDLatteLoveSweeps. On each of the three days, Dunkin’ Donuts will select 25 participants to receive a $25 mGift. No purchase necessary, must be 18+ to enter. Void where prohibited. For additional terms and conditions related to Dunkin’ Donuts’ “Latte Love” sweepstakes, please visit http://dun.kn/1EVdPmX.

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Jamba Juice Spreads Healthy Holiday Cheer with Launch of New eGifting Capability

And Return of its Special Gift Card Promotion Customers who purchase Jamba Juice gift cards online or in stores will be rewarded with a free smoothie or juice this Holiday Season

Jamba Juice Company, a leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, is excited to announce the launch of Jamba® eGifting – a convenient and easy way for customers to purchase Jamba Juice gift cards online. Jamba eGifters can now choose from a selection of new exclusive digital designs, select an amount, personalize a message, and digitally share a nutritious gift with family and friends all year long in the form of an electronic gift card.

To add to the celebration, Jamba Juice is bringing back, for a limited time, its special gift card promotion that rewards customers who purchase $25.00 or more in Jamba Juice gift cards with a free beverage. From November 18, 2014 to December 31, 2014, whether purchased via eGifting or in-stores, Jamba Juice gift card purchasers will receive a special gift of their own: a free small size smoothie or 12oz juice of their choice at any participating Jamba Juice location.

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Heart Attack Risk Spikes during Holiday Season How to Avoid a Holiday Heart Attack

This time of year is notorious for heart attacks and heart failures. Holiday overindulgence in sugary foods, alcohol and salt coupled with lack of exercise and increased emotional stress creates a dangerous mix that can take a toll on your heart. Unfortunately, too many people tend to put their own health on the back shelf over the holidays.

FAST FACTS:

  • The number of cardiac deaths is higher on Dec. 25 than on any other day of the year, second highest on Dec. 26, and third highest on Jan. 1 (Circulation, 2004).
  • Even small increases in body weight, from over indulging during the holidays, can escalate blood pressure and cholesterol making one more susceptible to risk of heart attack.
  • Heart-related deaths increase by nearly 5% during the holidays (Circulation, 2004).
  • There are an estimated 70,000 heart attacks each year in Canada. That’s one heart attack every seven minutes.
  • Every seven minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke (Statistics Canada, 2011c).

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Hosts New York Pitch Room Competition and Small Business Speed Coaching Event

Food and beverage small business owners give their best sales pitch and receive coaching from retailers and business experts on Monday

Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, a micro-lending and coaching program for small business owners working in food, beverage, craft brewing and hospitality, announced it will host its regional Pitch Room competition and small business Speed Coaching event in New York City on Monday, November 17th.

The Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room, a national competition that helps small business owners perfect the art of the sales pitch, is in New York City for the fourth regional event hosted throughout the U.S. in 2014. Starting at 5:00 p.m. ET at the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan (50 West 23rd Street), food and beverage small business owners will present their best sales pitch to a panel of expert judges.  After providing critical, impactful advice to each of the participants, the judges will select a New York City Pitch Room winner based on criteria including quality of pitch, creativity, passion, and product viability. The New York regional winner will then compete at the New York City finals in December where they’ll have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 and extended mentoring from Samuel Adams.

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SPLENDA: New Study Shows Sugar Substitutes Do Not Overstimulate the Sweet Taste Buds

Penn State Scientists Study Sucralose and Other Low Calorie Sweeteners

A new study from scientists at Penn State University shows that low calorie sweeteners, when used in amounts typical for preparing foods and beverages, do not overstimulate a person’s sweet taste buds.  These results provide additional evidence that low calorie sweeteners do not lead to sweet cravings and can be a helpful part of a healthy lifestyle.  Among the sweeteners used in the study was sucralose, the no calorie sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products.

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