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July 21, 2011

Navitas Naturals has introduced a new line of snacks that combines nutrient-dense superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.

NOVATO, Calif. — Navitas Naturals has introduced a new line of snacks that combines nutrient-dense superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.

The company recently introduced Navitas Power Snacks — chewy, bite-sized treats that tout certified organic and raw ingredients. The brand currently offers the snacks in cacao goji and cirtus chia varieties. An additional flavor, blueberry hemp, will be introduced later this year.

July 21, 2011

Safeway reported net income of $145.8 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, for second quarter 2011, compared with $141.3 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, during the year-ago period.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway reported net income of $145.8 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, for second quarter 2011, compared with $141.3 million, or 37 cents per diluted share, during the year-ago period.

The company reported that total sales increased 7.1% to $10.2 billion in second quarter 2011 from $9.5 billion in second quarter 2010. Identical-store sales, excluding fuel, saw a 0.5% increase.

July 20, 2011

Clif Kid, maker of organic snacks for active kids, on Tuesday announced the finalists for its Backyard Game of the Year.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Kid, maker of organic snacks for active kids, on Tuesday announced the finalists for its Backyard Game of the Year.

Given that more kids play computer games than swim or ride a bike, Clif Kid asked kids across the country to reconnect with outdoor playtime by inventing the most creative backyard game.

On Aug. 27, the five finalists will unveil their game at Madison Square Park in New York for the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.

July 19, 2011

Generic drug maker Teva recently admitted that one of its drugs infringes two of Amgen's patents.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Generic drug maker Teva recently admitted that one of its drugs infringes two of Amgen's patents.

The U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has barred Teva from selling its human G-CSF (human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor) product Neutroval in the United States until Nov. 10, 2013. What's more, the court's injunction extends to Teva's other human G-CSF product, Neugranin. Teva will not sell Neugranin until Nov. 10, 2013, unless it first obtains a final court decision that Amgen's patents are not infringed by Neugranin.

July 18, 2011

Barbara's has expanded its all-natural products line with new peanut butter and chocolate items.

PETALUMA, Calif. — Barbara's has expanded its all-natural products line with new peanut butter and chocolate items.

July 18, 2011

Safeway on Monday announced that its month-long prostate cancer campaign raised nearly $10.1 million as part of the company’s ongoing effort to fund research geared toward finding a cure for the leading cancer affecting men.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced that its month-long prostate cancer campaign raised nearly $10.1 million as part of the company’s ongoing effort to fund research geared toward finding a cure for the leading cancer affecting men.

July 15, 2011

Clorox on Friday confirmed it has received an unsolicited conditional proposal from Icahn Enterprises to acquire the company for $76.50 per share, subject to due diligence, financing and other conditions.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox on Friday confirmed it has received an unsolicited conditional proposal from Icahn Enterprises to acquire the company for $76.50 per share, subject to due diligence, financing and other conditions. Clorox said its board of directors, in consultation with its financial and legal advisers, will review the proposal in due course. 

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan Securities are serving as financial advisers, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is legal adviser.

July 15, 2011

Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films announced that the latest installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," will be available on high-definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and movie download on Oct. 18.

BURBANK, Calif. — Walt Disney Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Films announced that the latest installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," will be available on high-definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3-D and movie download on Oct. 18.

July 15, 2011

Safeway on Thursday announced the resignation of Don Keprta, president of its Chicago-area Dominick's Finer Foods division.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Thursday announced the resignation of Don Keprta, president of its Chicago-area Dominick's Finer Foods division. 

"Don has contributed significantly to the Dominick's stores. His commitment and innovation helped the stores evolve to best serve the Chicagoland customers,” stated Steve Burd, Safeway chairman, president and CEO. “We are fortunate that he has produced a team that is prepared to continue to build on our current momentum.”

July 14, 2011

Rite Aid is launching new flavors of its private label Thrifty Ice Cream in California stores, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is launching new flavors of its private-label Thrifty Ice Cream in California stores, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

The launch comes ahead of National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, which President Ronald Reagan launched in 1984.

July 11, 2011

Are you a man living with PMS? That's the question the California Milk Processor Board, the creator of the GOT MILK? campaign, is asking California men this summer.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Are you a man living with PMS? That's the question the California Milk Processor Board, the creator of the GOT MILK? campaign, is asking California men this summer.

In an advertising campaign titled 'Everything I Do Is Wrong,' the CMPB aims to use its signature GOT MILK? humor to highlight the strain placed on many relationships due to the monthly symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and how dairy milk can come to the rescue — studies show that the calcium in dairy milk can help reduce PMS symptoms by as much as 50%.

July 11, 2011

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed up with Snapple to launch a new line of Snapple-flavored Jelly Belly beans.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed up with beverage brand Snapple to create a new line of Jelly Belly beans with Snapple Juice Drinks.

The candy maker began at the source with Snapple Juice Drink concentrates in five Snapple flavors: Fruit Punch, Mango Madness, Cranberry Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Kiwi Strawberry. 

Jelly Belly Snapple Mix flavors are made from real fruit juice and purees. These jelly beans have no artificial coloring; the colors come from natural fruit and vegetables, the manufacturer stated. 

July 11, 2011

The country’s largest privately owned specialty pharmacy provider recently got a visit from the U.S. secretary of labor.

FLINT, Mich. — The country’s largest privately owned specialty pharmacy provider recently got a visit from the U.S. secretary of labor.

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy announced last week that labor secretary Hilda Solis toured the company’s new headquarters at a former General Motors building in Flint, Mich.

“This is testimony of what people can do when they pull together,” Solis said, referring to Diplomat’s use of the building. “Flint, Mich., is on the map again.”

July 8, 2011

Jelly Belly has unveiled its latest Chocolate Dips product.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly has unveiled its latest Chocolate Dips product.

The brand's new mint chocolate Dips pairs together dark chocolate and the refreshing taste of mint, with each serving just under 4 calories.

The gluten-free, gelatin-free and certified Orthodox Union dairy kosher candies, which also come in Very Cherry, raspberry, strawberry, coconut and orange varieties, are available nationwide in bulk and 2.8-oz bags, as well as a 4.15-oz. gift box that showcases five flavors.

July 7, 2011

Van's Natural Foods has rolled out two frozen breakfast items that aim to please the whole family.

VERNON, Calif. — Van's Natural Foods has rolled out two frozen breakfast items that aim to please the whole family.

Van's muffin crowns and waffle sticks offer families a nutritious alternative to processed frozen breakfast items, the company said. The muffin crowns, which are 120 calories or less per serving, provide 6 g of fiber and 3 g of protein. Van's muffin crowns are available in Triple Chocolate and Wild Blueberry flavors.

July 6, 2011

Consuming nuts in place of carbohydrates may help improve long-term blood-sugar control and lower cholesterol levels among Type 2 diabetics, according to a new study.

FRESNO, Calif. — Consuming nuts in place of carbohydrates may help improve long-term blood-sugar control and lower cholesterol levels among Type 2 diabetics, according to a new study.

June 30, 2011

Impax Labs has agreed not to market a generic version of a drug designed to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol in tablet form until 2015.

HAYWARD, Calif. — Impax Labs has agreed not to market a generic version of a drug designed to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol in tablet form until 2015.

June 27, 2011

This fall, an acclaimed film trilogy is making its Blu-ray debut.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — This fall, an acclaimed film trilogy is making its Blu-ray debut.

The cinematic franchise "Jurassic Park," which includes the namesake film along with "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park III," will be available Oct. 25 in a limited-edition Blu-ray set.

June 27, 2011

Abbott Diabetes Care reported Friday that a shipment of blood-glucose monitoring products was reported stolen from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Ky., on June 19.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Abbott Diabetes Care reported Friday that a shipment of blood-glucose monitoring products was reported stolen from a shipping carrier facility in Louisville, Ky., on June 19.

June 27, 2011

Natural food company Bear Naked is giving consumers a boost with a new breakfast cereal.

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Natural food company Bear Naked is giving consumers a boost with a new breakfast cereal.

Bear Naked Nut Cluster Crunch is a blend of hearty flakes and energy-dense, crunchy clusters made with toasted nuts, whole-grain oats and puffed wheat. The company said that the cereal, which is available in honey almond and maple nut varieties, was designed to give busy, active people the natural energy they need to make the most of their morning.

June 27, 2011

Kashi has entered the pita chips game.

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi has entered the pita chips game.

New Kashi TLC Pita Crisps in Sea Salt feature a combination of whole grains and cracked wheat berries with a sprinkling of natural sea salt, while Zesty Salsa Pita Crisps feature a savory blend of herbs, spices and veggies, including onions, tomato, peppers and cilantro.

Kashi TLC Pita Crisps are available in grocery stores nationwide beginning this month.

June 24, 2011

Bolthouse Farms has announced that the American Heart Association has certified its 100% carrot juice, baby carrots and cello carrots.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bolthouse Farms has announced that the American Heart Association has certified its 100% carrot juice, baby carrots and cello carrots.

The products now will tout a heart checkmark on each label, the company said, which indicates the products meet the nutritional standards the American Heart Association sets for foods and beverages.

June 23, 2011

Fresh & Easy officially opened its doors to San Francisco shoppers on Wednesday, marking the retailer's first store in the city.

SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh & Easy officially opened its doors to San Francisco shoppers on Wednesday, marking the retailer's first store in the city.

The store is located in the Outer Richmond district at 32nd Avenue and Clement Street. Fresh & Easy reported it was set to break ground in Northern California earlier this year, and now is operating more than 10 stores in the region. The company operates stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.

June 22, 2011

Dole is expanding its line of fruit crisps with a new peach flavor.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Dole is expanding its line of fruit crisps with a new peach flavor.

The brand, which already boasts apple cinnamon and apple pear flavors, said the fruit crisps are packaged in portion-controlled cups and feature all-natural, bite-size pieces of Dole fruit and come with a whole-grain oat topping.

Dole peach fruit crisps, as well as apple cinnamon and apple pear fruit crisps, are available nationwide in the canned fruit aisle at major food, drug and mass retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $2.19.

June 22, 2011

Impax Labs has expanded its senior management team with two appointments.

HAYWARD, Calif. — Impax Labs has expanded its senior management team with two appointments.

The generic drug maker said that Mark Fitch has joined the company as SVP operations, while Jeff Nornhold will become SVP quality affairs. Fitch, who joins Impax from Nycomed US, brings more than 35 years of pharmaceutical experience to his role. Nornhold, who most recently served as VP quality operations at drug maker Watson, is a 20-year pharmaceutical industry veteran.

Both Fitch and Nornhold will report to Impax president and CEO Larry Hsu.