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March 10, 2014

CandyRific has introduced two novelty items for spring.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — CandyRific has introduced two novelty items for spring. The Cinderella Light and Sound Wand with Candy, an extension of CandyRific’s princess line with Disney Consumer Products, features Cinderella in her classic blue ball gown on top of the wand, which makes a magical sound, lights up and includes .53-oz. of microbytes candy.

A Spiderman Candy Fan also has been introduced, featuring Spidey atop a candy fan, which also includes .28-oz. tube of microbytes candy.

Both products retail for $3.99 and are available in 12-count displays.

March 10, 2014

Where would the candy category be without seasonal merchandise?

Where would the candy category be without seasonal merchandise? Seasonal candy sales are a driving force in the category, with seasonal period sales accounting for 55% of the confectionary pie, according to the National Confectioners Association. Unique seasonal in-and-out items shaped and colored specifically for a season represent 22% of category sales. In 2014, NCA estimates that seasonal candy sales will account for $7 billion.

March 10, 2014

Jelly Belly has added a second colorful, trendy bag to its line of Camo Beans — Pink Camo Beans.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly has added a second colorful, trendy bag to its line of Camo Beans — Pink Camo Beans. For every bag of Camo Beans and Pink Camo Beans sold, Jelly Belly Charities will donate $0.25 to support U.S. veterans and their families. The mix includes Cotton Candy, Coconut, Licorice, Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie, Bubble Gum and Strawberry Cheesecake.

The new Camo Beans are available in 3.5-oz. hanging Grab & Go bags and will be on shelf in March.

March 10, 2014

Building on the 2013 introduction of Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites, Mars Chocolate North America added three new flavors of unwrapped, bite-sized treats: Twix Bites, 3 Musketeers Bites and Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Building on the 2013 introduction of Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites, Mars Chocolate North America added three new flavors of unwrapped, bite-sized treats: Twix Bites, 3 Musketeers Bites and Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites.

February 18, 2014

Despite declining sales, three category trends — sparkling water, natural sodas and low-calorie sodas — are keeping some fizz in carbonated soft drinks.

Despite declining sales, three category trends — sparkling water, natural sodas and low-calorie sodas — are keeping some fizz in carbonated soft drinks. Mintel’s research shows that American consumption of carbonated soft drinks fell to the lowest level since 1996; increased prices kept the category level.

February 18, 2014

Mintel projects the pet products category will grow an average of 3.8% over the next five years to nearly $13.7 billion by 2017.

Mintel projects the pet products category will grow an average of 3.8% over the next five years to nearly $13.7 billion by 2017.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

January 9, 2014

Administering high-touch, expensive and complex medications to patients intravenously in their homes — or in a setting other than a hospital — is essentially a large-scale bid to “reduce costs by transferring non-self-administered drugs to the most cost-effective and clinically appropriate site of care,” said pharmacist Michael Einodshofer, senior director of specialty strategy and innovation at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

Administering high-touch, expensive and complex medications to patients intravenously in their homes — or in a setting other than a hospital — is essentially a large-scale bid to “reduce costs by transferring non-self-administered drugs to the most cost-effective and clinically appropriate site of care,” said pharmacist Michael Einodshofer, senior director of specialty strategy and innovation at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

January 9, 2014

The electronic cigarette category is booming.

The electronic cigarette category is booming. Smokers continue to migrate to the devices, and improved technology and lower price points are fueling sales. Manufacturers say that customized tobacco flavors will propel sales going forward.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

January 9, 2014

A deal announced last month between CVS Caremark and Cardinal Health created a joint venture that the companies said would be the largest generic drug sourcing entity in the United States.

A deal announced last month between CVS Caremark and Cardinal Health created a joint venture that the companies said would be the largest generic drug sourcing entity in the United States.

Each company will have a 50% stake in the joint venture, contributing its respective sourcing and supply chain expertise. The deal also included an extension of Cardinal Health’s existing pharmaceutical distribution agreement with CVS Caremark through June 2019.

January 9, 2014

A confluence of healthcare trends has expanded a lucrative, if challenging, opportunity for pharmacies able to invest in its potential.

A confluence of healthcare trends has expanded a lucrative, if challenging, opportunity for pharmacies able to invest in its potential.

December 26, 2013

Consumers never tire of candy. Euromonitor data indicates that U.S. dollar sales for chocolate increased 19% between 2007 and 2012, and non-chocolate sales were up 17%.

Consumers never tire of candy. Euromonitor data indicates that U.S. dollar sales for chocolate increased 19% between 2007 and 2012, and non-chocolate sales were up 17%. Euromonitor and the National Confectioners Association expect solid growth in the next five years, with the category “adding more than $6 billion in sales between 2013 and 2018.”

December 26, 2013

Whether it’s Argan oil, Moroccan oil, jojoba oil or another type of oil — there’s no denying that hair oils are hot.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Whether it’s Argan oil, Moroccan oil, jojoba oil or another type of oil — there’s no denying that hair oils are hot. These nourishing oils promise to deeply penetrate hair to restore health and shine.

December 26, 2013

Earlier this year, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the research wing of the healthcare industry analysis firm IMS Health, dropped a bombshell when it showed that U.S. spending on drugs fell in 2012, the first time that had happened in 55 years.

Earlier this year, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the research wing of the healthcare industry analysis firm IMS Health, dropped a bombshell when it showed that U.S. spending on drugs fell in 2012, the first time that had happened in 55 years. But according to IMS’ latest figures, it was not the start of a trend.

November 8, 2013

’Tis the season for toy and electronics gifts. It’s no coincidence that it’s also the biggest time of the year for battery sales. Ramping up displays can help retailers optimize the season.

’Tis the season for toy and electronics gifts. It’s no coincidence that it’s also the biggest time of the year for battery sales. Ramping up displays can help retailers optimize the season.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

October 10, 2013

Higher-end products are where the beer category is headed.

The specialty segment, which includes such super-premium brands as Blue Moon, Shock Top and Land Shark, has been strong with volume sales ahead 13% and dollar sales up 15% for the 52 week period ended June 30.

Higher-end products are where the beer category is headed. “We’re seeing a lot of high-end segments continuing to steer the ship,” said Dan Wandel, SVP at IRI. “We’re seeing higher-priced products driving the category.”

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

September 10, 2013

Products that focus on convenience are winning big in the pet category.

Products that focus on convenience are winning big in the pet category. “Boomers are still driving so much of the category,” said Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association. “They love their pets, but they still live active lifestyles. Products that make pet care more convenient have become very popular.”

September 10, 2013

A proliferation of high-drain electronics and healthcare devices are keeping consumers in need of more battery power.

A proliferation of high-drain electronics and healthcare devices are keeping consumers in need of more battery power. Recent category introductions have focused on providing consumers with such longer-lasting options as Duracell's new Quantum alkaline battery and Energizer's improved Ultimate Lithium batteries.

September 10, 2013

Consumers are spending when it comes to pet care and grooming.

Consumers are spending when it comes to pet care and grooming. "Overall, the humanization of pets is driving both the grooming and dental categories," said Brian Collier, a spokesman for Naturel Promise. "Pet parents are, more than ever, concerned about the well-being, comfort and health of their pets."

July 12, 2013

Prestige Brands is the first over-the-counter manufacturer to adopt an "energy shot" format in an effort to infuse differentiation into the brand.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Prestige Brands is the first over-the-counter manufacturer to adopt an "energy shot" format in an effort to infuse differentiation into the brand. And while Goody's Headache Relief Shot may stand out on store shelves as one of the first liquid analgesics targeting adults, it will not stay on those shelves for long. Sales of Goody's Headache Powder already were up 9.4% to $37.5 million for the 52 weeks ended May 19 across total U.S. multi-outlet, according to IRI data, well outpacing category growth of 0.2%.

July 12, 2013

Looking to further innovate the at-home gel manicure market, Red Carpet Manicure has developed the first at-home light-activated nail treatments.

NEW YORK — Looking to further innovate the at-home gel manicure market, Red Carpet Manicure has developed the first at-home light-activated nail treatments.

July 12, 2013

Candle-Lite will introduce two new Entenmann's scented candle flavors, Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Red Velvet Cupcake, in time for the fourth-quarter holiday-selling season.

CINCINNATI — Candle-Lite will introduce two new Entenmann's scented candle flavors, Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Red Velvet Cupcake, in time for the fourth-quarter holiday-selling season. The line extensions will be available in three sizes — 9-oz. three-wick jar, 3.5-oz. jar two-pack and 16-oz. jar — and will retail for $7.99.

July 12, 2013

After a strong performance for several years, sales of sports drinks are showing some fatigue.

After a strong performance for several years, sales of sports drinks are showing some fatigue. The category, which had registered double-digit growth for the last several years, saw sales flatten in 2012. The good news is that Mintel projects the market for sports drinks to grow by 52% from 2013 to 2017.

July 12, 2013

Hearing aid and coin batteries are outperforming other battery segments. Fueled by an aging population that is more willing than ever before to wear hearing aids, the hearing aid battery segment has continued to grow over the last several years.

Hearing aid and coin batteries are outperforming other battery segments. Fueled by an aging population that is more willing than ever before to wear hearing aids, the hearing aid battery segment has continued to grow over the last several years.

"Improved technology and the changing needs of the aging population are leading more people with hearing loss to do something about it," said Ramon Velutini, brand manager for Duracell NA. "Ten years ago, 1-in-5 people with hearing loss used a hearing aid. Now that percentage has grown to 1-in-4."

July 12, 2013

Consumers have a brand new way to enjoy the trademark Snickers combination of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Consumers have a brand new way to enjoy the trademark Snickers combination of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat. New Snickers Bites are small "pop 'em in your mouth" milk chocolate cubes that deliver classic Snickers flavor in a bite-sized treat. The bite-sized unwrapped cubes are now available nationwide in a 2.83-oz. sharing size bag at a suggested retail price of $1.49 and an 8-oz. stand-up pouch for $2.99.

July 12, 2013

The manufacturer behind the diet-aid supplement Hydroxycut, Iovate Health Sciences International, recently introduced two new formats to its popular weight-loss franchise: Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Sprinkles and Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Gummies.

The manufacturer behind the diet-aid supplement Hydroxycut, Iovate Health Sciences International, recently introduced two new formats to its popular weight-loss franchise: Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Sprinkles and Pro Clinical Hydroxycut Gummies. The first represents a diet aid that is sprinkled on a diet-friendly food, such as a salad, that helps boost weight loss, and the second capitalizes on another booming trend in the supplement space — adult vitamins in gummy form.