Cascadian Farm Introduces Certified Organic Chewy Granola Bars; New Certified Organic Chewy Granola Bars Offer Great Taste and 0 Grams of Trans Fat

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., Apr 21, 2004 -- The USDA organic seal assures consumers that ingredients have been grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers and that the food contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. What many people do not know, however, is that the seal also indicates that the food contains no hydrogenated oils. USDA organic standards prohibit adding hydrogenated oils to certified organic food because the process for hydrogenating oil requires the use of synthetic substances not allowed for use in organic food. Organic foods are, therefore, virtually free of trans fat.

Recognizing that taste is just as important as health, the makers of the new Cascadian Farm(TM) Organic Chewy Granola Bars have made it easier than ever to offer your family healthy organic snack options.

The great tasting Chewy Granola Bars offer you both the health benefits and pure flavor of organic ingredients. The bars, made with premium, certified organic fruits, nuts, and grains, are available in three delicious flavors:

-- Fruit & Nut -- a tasty mix of organic raisins, almonds,
sunflower seeds, and cranberries

-- Harvest Berry -- a sweet and tangy blend of organic raisins,
cranberries, and blueberries

-- Multi Grain -- a hearty combination of organic oats, wheat,
rice, and corn

"We created our organic Chewy Granola Bars with today's health-conscious consumer in mind," says Ximena Acosta-Molina, Cascadian Farm New Products Marketing Manager. "Cascadian Farm Chewy Granola Bars are perfect for families in search of healthful snack options," says Acosta-Molina. "These bars not only taste great but are certified organic and contain zero grams of Trans Fat. The USDA organic seal means that consumers can feel good about snacking on our new Chewy Granola Bars and putting them in their kids' lunch boxes and soccer bags."

Cascadian Farm Organic Chewy Granola Bars can be found in grocery stores and natural food stores nationwide. Each package contains six single-serving bars. The suggested retail price is $3.69 per box. Cascadian Farm Chewy Granola Bars will participate in Box Tops for Education, a leading school fund raising program.

Cascadian Farm, founded in 1972, and Muir Glen are part of Small Planet Foods, a business unit of General Mills, Inc. Small Planet Foods produces more than 150 organic food items that span seven organic food categories: frozen vegetables, frozen fruit, fruit spreads and cereals marketed under the Cascadian Farm brand; and canned tomatoes, pasta sauces and salsa marketed under the Muir Glen brand. Small Planet Foods' products are sold nationwide in natural food stores and select supermarkets. For more product or recipe information, please visit the Small Planet Foods website at www.smallplanetfoods.com.

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