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March 21, 2012

Walgreens is making its Duane Reade street facings mobile-friendly with the addition of a QR-coded window cling across its storefronts, Mobile Marketer reported Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Walgreens is making its Duane Reade street facings mobile-friendly with the addition of a QR-coded window cling across its storefronts, Mobile Marketer reported Tuesday.

March 21, 2012

Watson Pharmaceuticals is looking to acquire Actavis, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Generic drug maker Watson Pharmaceuticals is looking to acquire Actavis, according to published reports.

News media reported Wednesday that U.S.-based Watson was close to taking over Switzerland-based Actavis for $6.6 to $7.3 billion. Actavis, also a major manufacturer of generic drugs, was formerly based in Iceland and moved its headquarters to Switzerland last year.

March 21, 2012

Starbucks has made its global entry into the energy category with a new line of ready-to-drink beverages.

SEATTLE — Starbucks has made its global entry into the energy category with a new line of ready-to-drink beverages.

Starbucks said its Starbucks Refreshers line combines green coffee extract (made with 100% Arabica beans) with a boost of natural energy from caffeine and fruit juice. Each 12-oz. can touts 60 calories.

Starbucks Refreshers, currently sold at select stores, are available in raspberry pomegranate, strawberry lemonade and orange melon varieties.

March 21, 2012

Stouffer's has introduced new single-serve meals under its Farmers' Harvest line.

SOLON, Ohio — Stouffer's has introduced new single-serve meals under its Farmers' Harvest line.

New Stouffer's Farmers' Harvest steam meals-for-one line offers single-serve meals that are packaged in a new Steam Perfect Bag to deliver a flavorful, no-fuss meal in minutes, the company said.

March 21, 2012

An investigational Type 2 diabetes drug may improve glycemic control among patients that are unable to improve their blood sugar with high doses of insulin alone, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — An investigational Type 2 diabetes drug may improve glycemic control among patients that are unable to improve their blood sugar with high doses of insulin alone, according to a new study.

March 21, 2012

Taking vitamin E supplements does not increase or decrease heart failure risk among women, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal, released Tuesday.

DALLAS — Taking vitamin E supplements does not increase or decrease heart failure risk among women, according to a study in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal, released Tuesday.

March 21, 2012

SymphonyIRI on Wednesday launched “Analytics2020,” a consumer packaged goods and retail industry initiative designed to identify and define the roadmap for consumer and retail analytics innovation into the next decade.

CHICAGO — SymphonyIRI on Wednesday launched “Analytics2020,” a consumer packaged goods and retail industry initiative designed to identify and define the roadmap for consumer and retail analytics innovation into the next decade.

March 21, 2012

Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is switching stock exchanges, the company said.

JERUSALEM — Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is switching stock exchanges, the company said.

The world's largest generic drug manufacturer — and increasingly a player in branded and specialty drugs — announced Wednesday that it would transfer the listing of its shares from the Nasdaq to the New York Stock Exchange, with plans to start trading on the NYSE on May 30 under its current ticker symbol, "TEVA."

March 20, 2012

Walgreens and the Chicago Health System on Tuesday reminded CHS patients who were given a flu shot voucher from Walgreens to redeem the voucher by the end of the month and help increase flu vaccination rates throughout the Chicagoland area.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the Chicago Health System on Tuesday reminded CHS patients who were given a flu shot voucher from Walgreens to redeem the voucher by the end of the month and help increase flu vaccination rates throughout the Chicagoland area. Through this program, the health system distributed approximately 25,000 vouchers in January to CHS patients who had not received the vaccination.

March 20, 2012

Clif Bar on Tuesday announced the return of the Clif Kid Backyard Game of the Year contest.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar on Tuesday announced the return of the Clif Kid Backyard Game of the Year contest.

With new research that shows kids continue to spend more time in front of screens than outside, Clif Bar announced the contest returns for a second year to encourage kids ages 6 to 12 years to use their imaginations and reconnect with outdoor playtime. Once again kids will be asked to invent their very own backyard game idea for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship, a Marin bicycle and Bell helmet and, this year, a trip to San Francisco.

March 20, 2012

The Food Marketing Institute and Global Market Development Center on Tuesday announced plans for the two associations to partner in offering a comprehensive conference in 2013 focused on health, beauty and wellness.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Food Marketing Institute and Global Market Development Center on Tuesday announced plans for the two associations to partner in offering a comprehensive conference in 2013 focused on health, beauty and wellness. The announcement was made at the FMI's Health and Wellness Conference here.

March 20, 2012

Kimberly-Clark has expanded its GoodNites brand to include a new innovation that provides bedwetting protection.

NEENAH, Wis. — Kimberly-Clark has expanded its GoodNites brand to include a new innovation that provides bedwetting protection.

GoodNites bed mats are absorbent, cloth-like and disposable that offers bedwetting protection by adhering to a child's fitted sheet.

March 20, 2012

Hain Celestial is set to roll out 40 new products.

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Hain Celestial is set to roll out 40 new products.

The products, which were on display at the Natural Products Expo West earlier this month, include additions to the company's Arrowhead Mills, Celestial Seasonings, Earth's Best, Health Valley, Imagine, MaraNatha and Spectrum Essentials brands.

Highlights of Hain Celestial's product offerings included:

March 20, 2012

Beauty brand L'Oréal Paris has signed on as a major sponsor and official beauty partner of the Toronto International Film Festival and will roll out an array of programs designed to provide the ultimate Hollywood Red Carpet beauty experience to festival goers and fashion followers across Canada.

MONTREAL — Beauty brand L'Oréal Paris has signed on as a major sponsor and official beauty partner of the Toronto International Film Festival and will roll out an array of programs designed to provide the ultimate Hollywood Red Carpet beauty experience to festival goers and fashion followers across Canada.

March 20, 2012

M-Edge has unveiled its latest collection of tablet, smartphone and e-reader accessories in time for spring.

ODENTON, Md. — M-Edge has unveiled its latest collection of tablet, smartphone and e-reader accessories in time for spring.

March 20, 2012

Novartis has launched a new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the drug maker said Monday.

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Novartis has launched a new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the drug maker said Monday.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. division of the Swiss drug manufacturer, announced the launch of Arcapta Neohaler (indacaterol inhalation powder) in the 75-mcg strength. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug last July.

March 20, 2012

While intentions aren't always equal to results, if the National Retail Federation's predictions are correct, consumers will be shelling out quite a bit of cash this Easter.

WASHINGTON — While intentions aren't always equal to results, if the National Retail Federation's predictions are correct, consumers will be shelling out quite a bit of cash this Easter. According to NRF’s Easter spending survey, conducted by BIGinsight, Americans will spend an average of $145.28 on everything from apparel and candy to food and decorations this year, up 11% from $131.04 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $16.8 billion.

March 20, 2012

Safeway on Tuesday joined forces with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion on an initiative to develop and promote dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Tuesday joined forces with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion on an initiative to develop and promote dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

March 20, 2012

Sam's Club has the most loyal customers, according to a new study by the Temkin Group.

WABAN, Mass. — Sam's Club has the most loyal customers, according to a new study by the Temkin Group. The report, "2012 Temkin Loyalty Ratings," rated the loyalty that consumers have to 206 large companies across 18 industries.

Only seven companies earned "very strong" loyalty ratings. In addition to the retailers listed above, credit unions and USAA earned the distinction. Sam’s Club had the most loyal customers across all industries, with a loyalty rating of 65%.

March 20, 2012

Kellogg's has expanded its Special K line to include granola bars.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg's has expanded its Special K line to include granola bars.

Available in dark chocolate and chocolatey peanut butter, new Special K granola bars offer consumers managing their weight to enjoy a snack that offers great taste and nutritional benefits. Each bar touts 110 calories, 3g of fat, 4g of fiber and 4g of protein.

March 20, 2012

Taro Pharmaceutical Industries will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, the Israel-based generic drug maker said Monday.

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Taro Pharmaceutical Industries will list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, the Israel-based generic drug maker said Monday.

Starting Thursday, shares of Taro will trade on the exchange under the ticker symbol "TARO" and will concurrently cease to trade on the over-the-counter Pink Sheet markets.

March 20, 2012

Vapur has launched a collapsible and reusable water bottle.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Vapur has launched a collapsible and reusable water bottle.

The Vapur Element Anti-Bottle is made with a 3-ply combination of BPA-free nylon and antimicrobial polyethylene, can be folded and stowed away when it is empty, and also is freezable and dishwasher safe, the company said.

March 20, 2012

Walgreens on Tuesday partnered with the online platform Sharecare on the launch of a new "Answers" application, which provides access to a comprehensive and searchable drug, supplement and wellness database on Facebook.

ATLANTA — Walgreens on Tuesday partnered with the online platform Sharecare on the launch of a new "Answers" application, which provides access to a comprehensive and searchable drug, supplement and wellness database on Facebook.

The application, which is integrated into Walgreens' Facebook page, gives Walgreens nearly 2 million followers convenient access to an interactive portal containing health information and resources.

March 20, 2012

Weis Markets is expanding its presence in the digital space.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets is expanding its presence in the digital space.

The company earlier this month launched a free mobile application, which allows customers to view its weekly circulars and compile detailed shopping lists on their iPhone and Android smartphones. Settings for the app can be customized so customers can view weekly circular specials at their local store and lists can be synchronized between the list on their device and their list on WeisMarkets.com. Additional features include:

  • Automatic pricing updates every Sunday;

March 19, 2012

Target has completed its $10 billion share repurchase program.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has completed its $10 billion share repurchase program.

The program, which was authorized by the retailer's board of directors in November 2007, represents the repurchase of 193.5 million shares, or nearly 23% of its outstanding shares from that time period, at an average price of $51.68 per share.

Target will continue to repurchase shares under the $5 billion program approved by its board of directors in January, which it expects to complete in the next two to three years.