Sunkist Growers Inc. will add a line of prepackaged fresh fruit slices to its product portfolio to be sold in supermarkets, schools and quickservice chains. Health professionals said making fruit more convenient could eliminate one barrier to greater consumption.
Wal-Mart Stores, Federated Department Stores and The Home Depot reported healthy quarterly earnings on deep discounts during the holiday season and store improvements. Wal-Mart reported a profit of $3.6 billion, up 13% from a year earlier; Federated posted a profit of $699 million, up 59% from a year earlier; and Home Depot earned $1.3 billion, up 23% from a year earlier.
Campbell Soup Co. will begin selling a new variety of low-sodium soups that use a form of sea salt that can reduce sodium levels by 25% without sacrificing flavor, according to the company. Campbell officials also said they won't stop there: The company is working with suppliers and biotech companies to cut sodium levels by up to 70% in the future.