Ocean Spray and Heinz Stir Things Up for Your Next Party

December 3, 2008

LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass. and PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Ocean
Spray and Heinz North America have joined together to create a special online
resource to help with casual entertaining and encourage people to celebrate
the every day. UltimatePartyMeatballs.com helps with all aspects of party
planning — everything from invitations to CD covers to memorable recipes
created with sweet and tangy Ocean Spray(R) Jellied Cranberry Sauce and zesty
Heinz(R) Chili Sauce.

Novice hosts and experienced chefs alike can enjoy the simple,
easy-to-follow recipes and preparation tips for entertaining with ease. The
Web site allows party planners to select entertaining themes from game night
and girls’ night to birthdays and holidays with coordinating content.

Armed with a stash of “Go-To” recipes, hosts can prepare tasty, impressive
dishes and snacks at a moment’s notice — with a few ingredients. In just
three ingredients, hosts can score big with tasty game-day treats like the
Ultimate Party Meatballs or Ultimate Party Wings. Girls’ night in? The simple
and elegant Ultimate Baked Brie or the Sweet and Savory Chicken Chili appeal
to everyone’s taste buds. Whatever the occasion, a pantry stocked with Ocean
Spray Cranberry and Heinz Chili Sauce can help bring people together, the way
that only good food can.

“Our signature meatball recipe underscores the fact that you don’t need to
invest a lot of time to create something special,” said Cindy Taccini, test
kitchen manager, Ocean Spray. “So we built the Ultimate Party Meatballs Web
site around the notion that casual entertaining should be fun for everyone
involved, hosts included.”

While online, consumers can enter the Ultimate Party Sweepstakes for a
chance to win $3,000 in gift cards courtesy of Ocean Spray and Heinz. Twenty
lucky second-prize winners will receive a Rival(R) Crock-Pot(R) 4-qt. Slow
Cooker to help heat up their next gathering.

    Tips for a Party-Ready Pantry:

    -- Keep your list of "Go-To" recipes handy.

    -- Stock your pantry with all the necessary ingredients, so no matter
       which recipe you choose, you're ready to cook at a moment's notice.

    -- Presentation is everything -- keep colorful, plates, napkins, hors
       d'oeuvre picks and platter decorations at the ready.

    -- Customize your "Go-To" recipes for different events and party themes.

    -- Dream up fun serving suggestions like fancy glassware and garnishes or
       small variations for each recipe.

    -- Some of us can't help but share our best kept secrets, so keep extra
       copies of your "Go-To" recipes on hand.

About Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 650
cranberry growers in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington,
British Columbia, and other parts of Canada as well as more than 100 Florida
grapefruit growers. Ocean Spray was formed 75 years ago by three cranberry
growers from Massachusetts and New Jersey. Florida grapefruit growers joined
the Cooperative in 1976. Ocean Spray is North America’s leading producer of
canned and bottled juices and juice drinks, and has been the best-selling
brand name in the canned and bottled juice category since 1981. Ocean Spray
posted fiscal 2005 gross sales of about $1.4 billion.

About Heinz

H. J. Heinz Company, offering “Good Food Every Day,” is one of the world’s
leading marketers and producers of healthy and convenient foods specializing
in ketchup, sauces, meals, soups, snacks and infant/nutrition. Heinz provides
superior quality, taste and nutrition for all eating occasions whether in the
home, restaurants, the office or “on-the-go.” Heinz is a global family of
leading branded products, including Heinz(R) Ketchup, sauces, soups, beans,
pasta and infant foods (representing over one third of Heinz’s total sales),
Ore-Ida(R) potato products, Weight Watchers(R) Smart Ones(R) frozen entrees,
Boston Market(R) meals, T.G.I. Friday’s(R) frozen snacks, and Plasmon(R)
infant nutrition. Heinz is famous for its iconic brands on five continents,
showcased by Heinz(R) Ketchup, The World’s Favorite Ketchup(R). More
information on Heinz is available at http://www.heinz.com.

SOURCE Ocean Spray

Source: newswire

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