ReportersNotebook — General Merchandise, 2/28/11

SUPPLIER NEWS — Marcal has reformulated its Small Steps line, which is made of 100% recycled paper, the company said. Marcal Small Steps paper towels now are stronger when wet, while Marcal Small Steps two-ply bath tissue is softer. The company also will reformulate its facial tissues.



Procter & Gamble is boosting its Gain brand with a formula upgrade. Gain with FreshLock, a technology added to all Gain products, contains microscopic scent beads that rest throughout fabrics after they have been washed and dried, the company said.



Yankee Candle’s new QuickScent candles are fast-melting candles in a refillable base. QuickScent candles currently are available in nine scents, including Clean Cotton, Sun and Sand, and Vanilla Cupcake. The candles are available in a starter kit, which includes one reusable candleholder and three QuickScent candles for $5.99. Refill candles for the candleholder are available in five-packs for $7.99.



Ravensburger announced that it is releasing four new Highlights-branded puzzles this year. Each puzzle is inspired by the popular children’s magazine and encourages children to find items in the completed scene. The 2011 offerings include 35-piece, 60-piece and 100-piece puzzles, with prices ranging from $10.50 to $14.99.



Drug Store News inadvertently referenced the Toy 
Industry Association by its old name in our Feb. 7 issue. We apologize for this error.