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Abbott Labs launches snack bars

Abbott Labs launches snack bars

Abbott Laboratories, a health care company best known for heart stents and diagnostic equipment, is expanding its food and nutrition business with the introduction of a line of ready-to-eat snacks.

The north suburban company said Tuesday that its Curate line of snack bars fits into the growing trend of adults seeking healthier alternatives to cookies, candy and potato chips. Abbott has bigger plans for the Curate brand, hinting that other snacks will roll out later this year, including bars for kids.

Abbott enters a crowded field that includes cereal-makers such as Kashi, Quaker Oats and Kellogg, as well as companies devoted to snacks like Kind Healthy Snacks and Clif Bar. The...

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