Planters has launched NUT-rition Heart Healthy Bars, which feature a formulation created specifically to benefit heart health. This is a notable launch from Planters, because, although the company has had previous forays into the granola/nut bar segment, this product extends the health claim-focused NUT-rition nut mix to the bar category. The bars contain cranberries, almonds and peanuts, which are known for their inherent health benefits. Baby Boomers are a consumer group likely to be especially concerned with heart health, and Planters NUT-rition Heart Healthy Bars are well-positioned to Boomer consumers seeking a heart-healthy snack that delivers on flavor, as well as health.

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