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The Good News
2015 March
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
Nestl¨¦ USA Commits to Removing Artificial Flavors
and FDA-Certified Colors from All Nestl¨¦ Chocolate
Candy by the End of 2015; First Major U.S. Candy
Manufacturer to Make This Commitment
Glendale, CA: Nestl¨¦ USA announced on Feb 17, 2015 its
commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified
colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate
candy products. By the end of 2015, more than 250 prod-
ucts and 10 brands including NESTL BUTTERFINGER,
CRUNCH and BABY RUTH will be free of artificial flavors
and certified colors. Products will begin appearing on store
shelves by mid-2015, and will be identified by a ¡®No Artifi-
cial Flavors or Colors¡¯ claim featured on-pack.
¡°Nestl¨¦ is the world¡¯s leading nutrition, health and wellness
company and our commitment to remove artificial flavors
and certified colors in our chocolate candy brands is an im-
portant milestone,¡± said Doreen Ida, president, Nestl¨¦ USA
Confections & Snacks. ¡°We know that candy consumers are
interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial
ingredients. As we thought about what this means for our
candy brands, our first step has been to remove artificial
flavors and colors without affecting taste or increasing the
price. We¡¯re excited to be the first major U.S. candy manu-
facturer to make this commitment.¡±
According to Ida,
Nestl¨¦ USA cond-
ucted research on
brands like
which indicates
that U.S. consum-
ers prefer candy
brands they know
and love to be
free from artificial
flavors and colors.
Further, findings
from Nielsen¡¯s 2014 Global Health & Wellness Survey show
more than 60% of Americans say no artificial colors or fla-
vors is important to their food purchase decisions.
Nestl¨¦ USA is achieving this commitment by removing
artificial flavors and colors, and replacing them with ingre-
dients from natural sources. For example, in the BUTTER-
FINGER crispety, crunchety center, annatto, which comes
from the seeds found in the fruit from the achiote tree, will
replace Red 40 and Yellow 5. In CRUNCH, natural vanilla
flavor will replace artificial vanillin.
¡°We never compromise on taste. When making these
changes to more than 75 recipes, maintaining the great
taste and appearance consumers expect from the chocolate
brands they know and love is our number one priority,¡± said
Leslie Mohr, nutrition, health and wellness manager, Nestl¨¦
Confections & Snacks. ¡°We conducted consumer testing to
ensure the new recipe delivers on our high standards for
taste and appearance.¡±
According to Mohr, this change affects Nestl¨¦¡¯s current port-
folio of chocolate brands including NESTLE CRUNCH,
HENRY and CHUNKY. Going forward, all newly launched
chocolate and non-chocolate candy products (gummies,
sours, etc.) introduced by Nestl¨¦ USA will be made with-
out artificial flavors or colors. Additionally, Nestl¨¦ USA is
actively pursuing the removal of caramel coloring from its
chocolate products. Caramel coloring is an exempt-from-
certification color additive, which is used in only nine of the
more than 250 chocolate products.
Nestl¨¦ USA
Named one of ¡®The World¡¯s Most Admired Food Companies¡¯
in Fortune magazine for seventeen consecutive years,
Nestl¨¦ provides quality brands that bring flavor to life every
day. From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE to baking
traditions with NESTL TOLL HOUSE, Nestl¨¦ USA makes
delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and bever-
age products that make good living possible. That¡¯s what
¡°Nestl¨¦. Good Food, Good Life¡± is all about.
Well-known Nestl¨¦ USA brands include: NESTL TOLL
and LEAN POCKETS brand sandwiches, NESCAF
GIORNO. Nestl¨¦ USA, with 2013 sales of $10
billion, is part of Nestl¨¦ S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland,
the world¡¯s largest food company with a commitment
to Nutrition, Health & Wellness, with 2013 sales of
$99 billion. For product news and information, visit or
Nestle Candy Going Natural
Spirit of Colorado Agriculture Showcased
in Winning Photos
Winning entries in the 17th annual ¡®Colorado... it¡¯s
Agricultural¡¯ Photography Contest showcase the
diversity of Colorado¡¯s agricultural landscape. From
active sheep and peaceful wheat to a future dairy-
man and dawn breaking on a combine, this year¡¯s
photo contest winners captured the ¡®spirit¡¯ of Colorado
¡°This was the first time the contest accepted only
digital entries,¡± said Wendy White, marketing special-
ist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. ¡°We
were excited to see so many high quality images in
this year¡¯s contest.¡±
The winners were selected based on relation to Colo-
rado agriculture, creativity and technical quality. The
grand-prize winner is Travis Harvey of Castle Rock,
with his entry entitled ¡®Day Break¡¯. The winning pho-
tograph shows the morning sun beaming through the
clouds onto a combine in a newly harvested field.
Other top finishers include Sue Hodgson of Brush, first
place in the agritourism category; Regan Tuttle of Tel-
luride, first place livestock; Emily Shelton of La Salle,
first place people; and Adam Williams of Elizabeth,
first place open professional.
Individuals receiving an honorable mention are Jenny
Breuer, Sterling; James Cox, Palisade; Rachel Jones,
Pueblo; Elena Drazev, Grand Junction; Ryan Kanode,
Haxtun; Tracy Harms, Greeley; Heather Kline,
Steamboat Springs; Kaitlyn Heacock, Wellington; Kay
Gaynor Dreyer, Brighton; and Rory Lynch, Yuma.
Started in 1998, the ¡®Colorado... It¡¯s Agricultural¡¯
Photography Contest is sponsored by the AgInsights
Committee, Colorado Department of Agriculture and
Northeastern Junior College. Winning photographs will
be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building
at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO. They
are also online at:
All 50 States Increase Exports
Grand Prize photo: ¡®Day Break¡¯ - Travis Harvey,
Castle Rock, CO, Photo Taken in Monte Vista, CO
And The Winner Is...
Department of Commerce: 26 States Achieved
Record Export Levels in 2014
On February 25, 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Penny Pritzker announced new data that shows 26
states achieved records in goods exports in 2014,
while 8 additional states experienced growth in
merchandise exports over 2013 levels. Total mer-
chandise exports from all 50 states helped the U.S.
achieve the fifth consecutive record-setting year of
goods and services exports, which reached $2.35
trillion in 2014.
¡°Exports are critical to economic growth and job
creation in communities across the country,¡± said
Secretary Pritzker. ¡°With 95% of the world¡¯s consum-
ers living outside the United States, opening more
markets to ¡®Made in America¡¯ goods and services is
fundamental to our nation¡¯s competitiveness, job
creation, and the economic security of our families.¡±
All 50 states have experienced an increase in exports
since 2009 and 11.3 million American jobs are sup-
ported by exports.
Facts about state exports in 2014:
In 2014, the top five exporters were Texas, Califor-
nia, Washington, New York and Illinois.
Exports to free trade agreement partners increased
in 33 states in 2014.
Nine states achieved double digit growth in exports
in 2014.
Hawaii showed the fastest export growth in 2014,
with sales of goods to overseas markets increasing
by 143 percent.
Other states with double digit export growth were
North Dakota, New Mexico, Oregon, Wyoming, Alas-
ka, South Carolina, Washington, and Rhode Island.
The five states with the largest export growth since
2009 in terms of dollars are Texas, California, Wash-
ington, Louisiana, and New York.
The 5 states with the fastest growth (since 2009)
are New Mexico, Hawaii, North Dakota, Louisiana,
and Wyoming.
Strengthening partnerships with states and rural
communities in support of exporters and investment
attraction efforts is a key objective for the second
phase of President Obama¡¯s National Export Initiative
To find more information about each state¡¯s exports,
please visit: