Functional Fruits

Mariani Packing Co., Inc. has taken one of the hottest current trends -- that of functional foods -- and incorporated it into a line of dried fruits. Enhanced Wellness consists of three SKUs, each targeting a different nutritional benefit, according to the Vacaville, Calif.-based company. Plum Support offers California dried plums enriched with vitamin B complexes and glucosamine, which helps support joint health; Berry Thrive combines cherries, cultivated blueberries and cranberries enhanced with omega-3, which helps support good cholesterol among many other benefits; and Berry Defense is an antioxidant blend of cherries, whole cranberries, wild blueberries, raspberries, and diced dried plums fortified with green tea extract. A 10-ounce pouch of Plum Support retails for a suggested $2.99, while a 6-ounce pouch of either Berry Thrive or Berry Defense goes for a suggested $4.99. For more information, visit
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