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January 22, 2014

A research study published this month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrated the effectiveness of a sterol/stanol ester softgel capsule for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in individuals with high cholesterol levels.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. —  A research study published this month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrated the effectiveness of a sterol/stanol ester softgel capsule for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in individuals with high cholesterol levels. 

January 20, 2014

PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

CHICAGO — PonyBun Products has broadened its portfolio with three new colors — denim, plum and silver — for the crochet version of its PonyBun hair accessory.

The patented 3-in-1 design consists of a ponytail holder attached to a hair bun cover along with an integrated comb. In seconds, a woman can make a ponytail, tuck her hairdo inside the bun cover, and snug it firmly in place with the comb.

January 20, 2014

Quaker Oats is adding some innovative, energy-packed products to its lineup, the company said.

CHICAGO — Quaker Oats, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is adding some innovative, energy-packed products to its lineup, the company said.

The latest offerings from the Quaker brand include:

 

January 20, 2014

Former Ulta Beauty CEO Lyn Kirby is reportedly part of a group that acquired Beauty Brands, a cosmetics chain based in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Ulta Beauty CEO Lyn Kirby is reportedly part of a group that acquired Beauty Brands, a cosmetics chain based in Kansas City, Mo.

According to a Crain’s Chicago Business article, Kirby, along with a leveraged buyout firm in California, snapped up the majority stake from advertising executive and entrepreneur Robert Bernstein.

January 17, 2014

Multicultural beauty brand IMAN Cosmetics is the official cosmetics partner for “About Last Night” and will launch a new custom-created collection inspired by the film’s theme and characters.

NEW YORK — Multicultural beauty brand IMAN Cosmetics is the official cosmetics partner for “About Last Night” and will launch a new custom-created collection inspired by the film’s theme and characters.

The Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick Collection features five new shades — Hot, Scandalous, Taboo, Flirtatious, and Kinky Pink — that are available at Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

January 16, 2014

CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the kickoff of its annual Project Health wellness campaign, which will deliver more than $15 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities across the United States in 2014.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy announced on Thursday the kickoff of its annual Project Health wellness campaign, which will deliver more than $15 million worth of free health services to multicultural communities across the United States in 2014.

January 16, 2014

Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study by Flavia Indrio of the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy, that was released earlier this week.

CHICAGO — Giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life appears to reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders and result in lower associated costs, according to a study by Flavia Indrio of the Aldo Moro University of Bari, Italy, that was released earlier this week. 

January 15, 2014

Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Drug maker AbbVie has started a late-stage clinical trial of an experimental drug for treating triple-negative breast cancer, the company said Wednesday.

January 15, 2014

Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

CHICAGO — Jewel-Osco president William Emmons is retiring less than a year after taking the helm at the grocery chain, which is now part of New Albertsons Inc., according to a Chicago Tribune report.

January 14, 2014

H.D. Smith celebrates 60 years of business in 2014, the wholesaler announced Monday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H.D. Smith celebrates 60 years of business in 2014, the wholesaler announced Monday. 

The company was founded in 1954 to meet the needs of an underserved region in Central Illinois. Before H. D. Smith opened its doors, pharmacies in the area purchased their pharmaceuticals and supplies through large distributors out of St. Louis, Chicago, Champaign and Peoria, the company stated. 

January 8, 2014

Walgreens is not only completely transforming its drug store business from a prescription medicine dispensary to healthcare provider, they're continuing to deliver shareholder value.

CHICAGO — Walgreens is not only completely transforming its drug store business from a prescription medicine dispensary to healthcare provider, they're continuing to deliver shareholder value. Since the chain implemented its "Plan to Win" strategy five years ago, kicking off Walgreens journey to reinvent and innovate the storied drug store chain for a new era of growth and value creation, Walgreens has delivered 145% in shareholder returns vs. the 118% return realized by the S&P 500 in the same period. 

January 7, 2014

Walgreens' latest omnichannel offering features a partnership with TaskRabbit, an online mobile marketplace that will deliver OTC cold medicines anywhere within the 19 cities in which the service exists, according to a report published by Mashable on Monday.

CHICAGO — Walgreens' latest omnichannel offering features a partnership with TaskRabbit, an online mobile marketplace that will deliver OTC cold medicines anywhere within the 19 cities in which the service exists, according to a report published by Mashable on Monday. 

According to the report, the partnership runs this week through Feb. 18. The Walgreens OTC offering will be featured in TaskRabbit's iOS app's Task Wheel and on the TaskRabbit website.

January 6, 2014

Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA has opened 120 pickup points for online orders as of the end of 2013, the supermarket operator said Monday.

Ahold, which hopes to triple its online food sales by 2016, said the opening of pickup points in the United States and Europe would be an important part of reaching that goal. Most of the pickup points in the United States are operated under the Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Md., and Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., banners. The 120 pickup points compare with only eight a year ago.

January 6, 2014

According to new research from Mintel, nearly 6-in-10 Americans who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of these beverages.

CHICAGO — According to new research from Mintel, nearly 6-in-10 Americans who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of these beverages. 

Despite fears over safety, the energy drink, shot and mix category has beat back detractors to show consistent annual growth from 2008 to 2013 sales. The market reported a 17% increase in 2012 and is projected to repeat that growth rate in 2013.

January 2, 2014

Among patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease, a daily dosage of 2,000 IUs of vitamin E, compared to placebo, was effective in slowing functional decline and in reducing caregiver time in assisting patients, according to a study that appeared in the Jan. 1 issue of JAMA.

CHICAGO — Among patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease, a daily dosage of 2,000 IUs of vitamin E, compared to placebo, was effective in slowing functional decline and in reducing caregiver time in assisting patients, according to a study that appeared in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

December 30, 2013

Young musicians competed in the 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition this weekend, ABC7Chicago reported Sunday.

CHICAGO — Young musicians competed in the 18th annual Walgreens Youth National Solo Concerto Competition this weekend, ABC7Chicago reported Sunday

The students were competing for scholarships to the Midwest Young Artists School and Camps and a feature as a soloist on the "From the Top" radio program.

December 30, 2013

Suitors for the remainder of Safeway's Dominick's stores in Chicago, which are now shuttering their doors, are beginning to come forward, according to a report published Saturday in the Chicago Sun-Times.

CHICAGO — Suitors for the remainder of Safeway's Dominick's stores in Chicago, which are now shuttering their doors, are beginning to come forward, according to a report published Saturday in the Chicago Sun-Times

Whole Foods has recently acquired six Dominick's stores, the Sun-Times reported, citing real estate sources. And Jewel may buy as many as 16 Dominick's locations. 

December 19, 2013

GoHealth and Walgreens are ramping up their shared efforts to let Americans know GoHealthInsurance.com is a viable solution for people seeking coverage and exploring marketplace options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the companies announced.

CHICAGO — GoHealth and Walgreens are ramping up their shared efforts to let Americans know GoHealthInsurance.com is a viable solution for people seeking coverage and exploring marketplace options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the companies announced Wednesday. 

December 19, 2013

The purchase of as many as 10 Dominick's stores may be under consideration by independent grocery chains affiliated with the Centrella cooperative, Crain's Chicago Business reported Thursday, citing sources close to the deal.

CHICAGO — The purchase of as many as 10 Dominick's stores may be under consideration by independent grocery chains affiliated with the Centrella cooperative, Crain's Chicago Business reported Thursday, citing sources close to the deal. 

December 18, 2013

Higi, a consumer-focused health engagement company, has acquired fitness gamification-based platform Earndit.

CHICAGO — Higi, a consumer-focused health engagement company, has acquired fitness gamification-based platform Earndit, which gathers data from 11 activity trackers and mobile apps to allow users to earn rewards for their physical activity and to compete against each other in brand-sponsored challenges. 

December 17, 2013

To help CPG manufacturers and retailers identify and leverage the varying shopper beliefs about health and nutrition, IRI has released the first NutriLink segmentation study, which classifies U.S. consumers into six groups based on their behavior and attitudes toward health, diet and nutrition, as well as their demographics.

CHICAGO — To help CPG manufacturers and retailers identify and leverage the varying shopper beliefs about health and nutrition, IRI has released the first NutriLink segmentation study, which classifies U.S. consumers into six groups based on their behavior and attitudes toward health, diet and nutrition, as well as their demographics, the firm announced Tuesday. 

December 17, 2013

IRI on Tuesday released SilverLink, a new report that segments the U.S. population ages 50 years and older based on demographics; attitudes toward aging, health and wellness; shopping behavior; and lifestyle habits.

CHICAGO — IRI on Tuesday released SilverLink, a new report that segments the U.S. population ages 50 years and older based on demographics; attitudes toward aging, health and wellness; shopping behavior; and lifestyle habits.

“The next generation of retirees will be the healthiest, longest lived, most educated and most affluent in history,” stated Robert Tomei, president of consumer and shopper marketing for IRI. 

December 12, 2013

Consumers spent a majority of last week recovering from “Black Weekend” holiday shopping.

CHICAGO — Consumers spent a majority of last week recovering from “Black Weekend” holiday shopping. ShopperTrak on Wednesday reported that for the week of Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, GAFO (general merchandise, apparel, furniture and other products) brick-and-mortar retail sales decreased 2.9% compared to the same time last year. Last week’s retail shopper traffic decreased 21.6% compared to the same time period in 2012.

December 10, 2013

Nearly all patients taking an experimental treatment for hepatitis C developed by AbbVie were cured, the drug maker said Tuesday.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — Nearly all patients taking an experimental treatment for hepatitis C developed by AbbVie were cured, the drug maker said Tuesday.

December 4, 2013

IRI on Tuesday announced that it has formed a business agreement with Intage, a marketing research company in Japan.

CHICAGO — IRI on Tuesday announced that it has formed a business agreement with Intage, a marketing research company in Japan.

Under this agreement, IRI clients gain access to Japanese retail point-of-sale data via the IRI Global Executive Market Reviews service. In turn, Intage is able to provide CPG and retail information and insights to their clients from all markets IRI serves worldwide.