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• California-based Raley’s said yesterday that it is relaunching its entire private label program, including what it calls “ a major expansion of the Purely Made brand, featuring additional standards and products for clean, affordable eating … Raley’s Purely Made products are free from 101+ artificial preservatives and ingredients.  Raley’s utilized the most up-to-date research and industry standards to update their banned ingredient list.”

The company says that “according to Nielsen data, 59% of grocery shoppers experience difficulty in understanding nutrition facts. To combat this, the nutrition label on all relaunched products include the updated FDA nutrition facts panel, which standardizes serving size and is more transparent on added-sugar. In addition, Raley’s Purely Made calls out key attributes on the packaging, including Non-GMO, No-artificial ingredients and gluten free.”

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Mondelez International said that it will be charging more for its snacks in the US as a way of covering rising costs.

“Pricing in 2019 will be slightly higher than 2018,” Chief Executive Dirk Van de Put said in an interview. “Overall, snacking is doing pretty well, so that helps in pricing decisions.”

The story says that “the maker of Oreo cookies, Wheat Thins and other snacks began raising prices last year along with other food and consumer-products companies, despite opposition from grocery stores worried about losing customers.”
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