AR-NewsUS - Russell Stover selling low-carb chocolates

Orville A Knudsen oak at
Fri Jun 20 21:51:31 EDT 2003

Russell Stover selling low-carb chocolates


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A guy who runs a candy factory cutting back on

It happened, says Thomas S. Ward, president and chief operating officer of
Russell Stover Candies Inc. Ward, who runs Russell Stover with his
brother, Scott, calls himself a "low-carb person" who lost 25 pounds on a
diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.


Kansas City-based Russell Stover, the largest seller of boxed chocolates
in the country, has joined a growing trend of companies targeting people
who follow low-carb regimens, such as the Atkins diet. Last fall, St.
Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, introduced its
low-carb beer, Michelob Ultra.


Brie Turner-McGrievy, a registered dietitian with the Physicians Committee
for Responsible Medicine, a group favoring a vegetarian, lowfat diet, said
low-carb products just encourage people to eat more foods that are bad for

Low-carb diets already encourage people to eat high-fat foods, such as
bacon, eggs and steak, she said. "And now we're saying you can eat candy
and beer too."


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