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Oprah Launching Sides/Soups Range


Well, why not? She’s done pretty close to everything else. Now Oprah Winfrey is sponsoring a food line under her name. She recently filed for a trademark for her “O, That’s Good!” line of refrigerated side dishes and soups being prepared in collaboration with Kraft Heinz. Announced recently, the line is due to hit stores in October.

As The Daily Meal put it, “It only makes sense that the queen of living well would have an “Aha!” moment and come out with perfectly portioned side dishes and soups, all under 300 calories, that feed your cravings while also feeding your health.

The four sides are recognizable favorites but with discreet healthy twists: The mashed potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes are actually partially made with cauliflower, while the three cheese pasta incorporates butternut squash and the creamy parmesan pasta includes white beans.

The soups come in comforting favorites, too, such as baked potato, tomato basil, butternut squash and broccoli cheddar. Don’t worry about indulging in a bowl — there is cauliflower in the baked potato, and carrots and celery in the tomato basil. Butternut squash features in the broccoli cheddar, and even though you would think butternut squash is the only vegetable in the butternut squash soup, it’s also packed with sweet potatoes and carrots.

Because everything Oprah touches turns to gold, these side dishes and soups are most likely going to be flying off the shelves when they hit stores in October of this year. A portion of the proceeds even go to charities fighting hunger, because duh, it’s Oprah!”

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PepsiCo Charts Healthier, More Environment-Friendly Path


In one of the boldest, bravest and most extensive commitments a food industry company has made with the intent of “meeting changing consumer and societal needs,” PepsiCo announced Oct. 17 that a sizable share of its massive product range – marketed under a staggering assortment of brand names – will have their sugar, saturated fat and sodium content drastically reduced by the year 2025.

The Purchase, New York-based company simultaneously announced plans to reduce its environment impact and “to empower people around the world.”

The company

  • Plans to continue transforming its product portfolioby offering healthier food and beverage choices, reduce its environmental impact and empower people around the world
  • At leasttwo-thirds of PepsiCo beverages expected to contain 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12-oz serving by 2025,with increased focus on zero- and lower-calorie products
  • Targeting 15% improvement in water efficiency of itsdirect agricultural supply chain in high water-risk areas by 2025 – saving the equivalent of total water used in PepsiCo’s manufacturing operations
  • Seeking 20%reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across the company’s value chain, including its agricultural supply, by 2030
  • In partnership with PepsiCo Foundation, plans toinvest $100 million supporting initiatives to benefit at least 12.5 million women and girls around the world

A company press statement said, “These new initiatives continue PepsiCo’s decade-long commitment to delivering Performance with Purpose, a pioneering vision launched in 2006 rooted in the fundamental belief that business success is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world we share.

“To succeed in today’s volatile and changing world, corporations must do three things exceedingly well: focus on delivering strong financial performance, do it in a way that is sustainable over time and be responsive to the needs of society,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. “The first ten years of PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose journey have demonstrated what is possible when a company does well by also doing good. We have created significant shareholder value, while taking important steps to address environmental, health and social priorities all around the world.”

“PepsiCo’s journey is far from complete, and our new goals are designed to build on our progress and broaden our efforts,” Nooyi continued. “We have mapped our plans against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and we believe the steps we are taking will help lift PepsiCo to even greater heights in the years ahead. Companies like PepsiCo have a tremendous opportunity – as well as a responsibility – to not only make a profit, but to do so in a way that makes a difference in the world.”

Publix Gives $1M For Storm Relief; Urges Customers and Workers To Pitch in As Well


A Publix Supermarket in North Carolina closed in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival.

The day before Hurricane Matthew – the strongest storm to hit the U.S. mainland in nearly a decade – was due to wreak havoc on the East Coast, the Publix Supermarket chain announced that the Publix Foundation was donating $1 million to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts. The Lakeland, Florida-based chain invited customers and store associates to contribute to relief efforts, through additions to shopping bill totals or via donation boxes at checkouts.

Maria Brous, the company’s director of media and community relations, noted that Publix’s customers and associates “have always shown great compassion and generosity toward others; As the grocer of choice in the communities we serve, we are trusted to react quickly and help those affected by tragic circumstances. This devastating disaster hits close to home as we have many associates and their families who have already been and still may be impacted. As we continue to watch Matthew’s path, we encourage our communities to prepare.”

More than 200 of the company’s Florida stores closed as the storm moved parallel to the coast Friday afternoon. Most of its nearly 800 stores in Georgia are far enough inland that they are unlikely to be seriously impacted by the storm, but the company does have a number of stores in the Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina areas, both of which are expected to take serious hits from the storm on the weekend.