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March 16, 2012

Green Giant has introduced a new line of canned corn.

MINNEAPOLIS — Green Giant has introduced a new line of canned corn.

Packaged in an 11-oz. can that features vacuum-packing technology, new SteamCrisp corn is 100% natural and perfectly steam-cooked in the package and offers the same amount of corn as Green Giant's standard can of corn with less water and less packaging.

March 16, 2012

As part of its official sponsorship of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, Mars Chocolate is encouraging Facebook users to make a personal pledge to their health once a week and share with other like-minded athletes what inspires them to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — As part of its official sponsorship of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, Mars Chocolate is encouraging Facebook users to make a personal pledge to their health once a week and share with other like-minded athletes what inspires them to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

March 16, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is praising lawmakers in Medco Health Solutions’ home state of New Jersey for delivering what NACDS called “a bold and revealing blow” to the PBM’s proposed merger with Express Scripts.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is praising lawmakers in Medco Health Solutions’ home state of New Jersey for delivering what NACDS called “a bold and revealing blow” to the PBM’s proposed merger with Express Scripts.

March 16, 2012

Nestlé is rolling out new seasonal candy offerings for spring.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Nestlé is rolling out new seasonal candy offerings for spring.

The company's lineup this year includes the Nestlé Crunch Paul Frank "Julius the Bunny" solid milk chocolate bunny, which will be exclusively sold at Target for a suggested retail price of $3.49. Other items include:

  • Nestlé Butterfinger bunny, which will carry an SRP of $3.49 per 5.5-oz. package;

  • SweeTarts gummies, which will carry an SRP of $2.49 per 14-oz. package;

March 16, 2012

Insight Pharmaceuticals has launched a mobile application for its E.P.T. brand.

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Insight Pharmaceuticals has launched a mobile application for its E.P.T. brand.

The new E.P.T. ovulation calculator features an easy-to-use interface that's designed to help users who are trying to get pregnant know when they are most fertile, or simply keep track of their menstrual cycle, the company said. The app — which currently is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and supports Apple iOS 5 — also comes with 35 fertility tips and is equipped to provide email or calendar reminders on the day before expected ovulation.

March 16, 2012

During the 2011 holiday season, the top retail applications and websites combined — including Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Target and Walmart — reached nearly 60% of smartphone owners, according to Nielsen.

NEW YORK — During the 2011 holiday season, the top retail applications and websites combined — including Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Target and Walmart — reached nearly 60% of smartphone owners, according to Nielsen.

“The majority of smartphone owners used their devices for shopping this past holiday season,” said John Burbank, president of strategic initiatives at Nielsen. “Mobile shopping has reached scale and is only going to grow as smartphone penetration continues to rise.”

March 16, 2012

Pills for treating cancer have created numerous alternatives to spending hours in a clinic or at home receiving chemotherapy infusions, but risks of drug interactions remain, according to a new survey by the research arm of pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions.

WASHINGTON — Pills for treating cancer have created numerous alternatives to spending hours in a clinic or at home receiving chemotherapy infusions, but risks of drug interactions remain, according to a new survey by the research arm of pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions.

March 16, 2012

Shock Top Belgian Wheat has rolled out its latest seasonal beer.

ST. LOUIS — Shock Top Belgian Wheat has rolled out its latest seasonal beer.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy, a wheat beer complemented by spices and natural lemonade flavor with 4.2% alcohol by volume, will be available nationwide in six- and 12-packs of bottles and 12-packs of cans through July, the company said.

March 16, 2012

Many Walgreens customers are "flocking" to independent pharmacies amid the dispute between the retail pharmacy chain and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, a trade group representing the PBM industry said.

WASHINGTON — Many Walgreens customers are "flocking" to independent pharmacies amid the dispute between the retail pharmacy chain and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, a trade group representing the PBM industry said.

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association announced results of a survey conducted by North Star Opinion Research, touting the results as evidence of preferred pharmacy networks' benefits to independent retail pharmacies and customers.

March 16, 2012

While consumers will continue to define value based on price, other key trends — including new product development, technology, store layouts and shopping patterns — will drive the market in 2012, according to SymphonyIRI research.

CHICAGO — While consumers will continue to define value based on price, other key trends — including new product development, technology, store layouts and shopping patterns — will drive the market in 2012, according to SymphonyIRI research.

In its latest Times & Trends report, "CPG 2011 Year in Review: The Search for Footing in an Evolving Marketplace," SymphonyIRI said that in order to effectively compete in the market, consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers should take note of the following predictions:

March 16, 2012

A new study has indicated that the consumption of white rice can increase one's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

BOSTON — A new study has indicated that the consumption of white rice can increase one's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

March 15, 2012

Abbott is set to enroll patients into two late-stage clinical trials designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of one of its drugs as a treatment for a difficult-to-treat chronic inflammatory skin disease.

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott is set to enroll patients into two late-stage clinical trials designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of one of its drugs as a treatment for a difficult-to-treat chronic inflammatory skin disease.

March 15, 2012

Air Wick, a Reckitt Benckiser brand, is celebrating its new partnership with the official charity of America's national parks by launching a new fragrance collection.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Air Wick, a Reckitt Benckiser brand, is celebrating its new partnership with the official charity of America's national parks by launching a new fragrance collection.

March 15, 2012

AmLactin, an Upsher-Smith Labs brand, has announced that New York cosmetic dermatologist Doris Day will serve as an educational consultant on the brand's "Ultra Skin Performance" campaign.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — AmLactin, an Upsher-Smith Labs brand, has announced that New York cosmetic dermatologist Doris Day will serve as an educational consultant on the brand's "Ultra Skin Performance" campaign.

March 15, 2012

Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched a generic version of an antidepressant made by Forest Labs.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Amneal Pharmaceuticals has launched a generic version of an antidepressant made by Forest Labs.

The drug maker announced the launch of escitalopram oxalate oral solution in 5-mg/5-mL strength in a peppermint flavor, the company said. The product is a therapeutically equivalent alternative to Lexapro and also marks the first generic version of the drug in liquid form on the market.

Amneal said it has begun shipping the product and is available to wholesalers, distributors, as well as directly to the trade.

March 15, 2012

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel brand has announced the launch of three new products formulated with all-natural witch hazel extract for those with sensitive skin.

NEW YORK — Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel brand has announced the launch of three new products formulated with all-natural witch hazel extract for those with sensitive skin.

Dickinson’s skin care line is formulated with 100% natural witch hazel to remove excess oil and impurities without stripping skin of essential moisture. The new gentle skin cleanser, foaming facial wash and oil controlling astringent will be available for purchase at Walgreens in April 2012.

March 15, 2012

A former Safeway executive has joined Dollar General as its EVP store operations.

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — A former Safeway executive has joined Dollar General as its EVP store operations.

Effective March 19, Greg Sparks will assume all responsibilities for the operations of more than 9,900 retail stores in 38 states and serve on Dollar General's real estate and store development committee, the company said. Sparks will report to chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling.

Sparks most recently served as president of Safeway's Seattle division. His departure from the supermarket retailer was announced earlier this week.

March 15, 2012

Duncan Hines is looking to stir up dessert possibilities by unveiling a new proprietary frosting system.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Duncan Hines is looking to stir up dessert possibilities by unveiling a new proprietary frosting system.

Frosting Creations are created by pouring one of 12 flavor combination mixes — including cinnamon roll, cotton candy, chocolate mint, strawberry shortcake, chocolate almond, bubble gum, orange crème, mocha, chocolate marshmallow, white chocolate raspberry, cherry vanilla and caramel flavors — into a specially formulated frosting starter.

March 15, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that the manufacturer called the first oral contraceptive that also treats heavy menstrual bleeding.

WAYNE, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that the manufacturer called the first oral contraceptive that also treats heavy menstrual bleeding.

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals announced Wednesday the approval of Natazia (estradiol valerate and estradiol valerate and dienogest) tablets for heavy menstrual bleeding not caused by any conditions of the uterus. The drug was originally approved as an oral contraceptive in May 2010.

March 15, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration approved an effervescent tablet for treating osteoporosis.

FREIENBACH, Switzerland — The Food and Drug Administration approved an effervescent tablet for treating osteoporosis.

EffRx Pharmaceuticals announced the FDA approval of Binosto (alendronate sodium), a strawberry-flavored tablet designed to dissolve in water that the company called the first treatment of its kind. The drug is designed to treat osteoporosis in menopausal women and increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis. EffRx expects to launch Binosto in third quarter 2012.

March 15, 2012

Fresh & Easy announced that its new store in Folsom, Calif., received the platinum-level store certification award from the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Partnership.

FOLSOM, Calif. — Fresh & Easy announced that its new store in Folsom, Calif., received the platinum-level store certification award from the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Partnership.

While the platinum award puts Fresh & Easy — which joined EPA's GreenChill in 2009 — among the nation's 36,000 grocery stores, the Folsom location is the second store in California, and one of four grocery stores in the nation, to achieve these standards.

March 15, 2012

A takeover by Walgreens is "highly unlikely," but Rite Aid shares could stay past the $2 mark due to the company's fundamentals, an analyst said Thursday.

NEW YORK — A takeover by Walgreens is "highly unlikely," but Rite Aid shares could stay past the $2 mark due to the company's fundamentals, an analyst said Thursday.

March 15, 2012

French beauty brand L'Oréal has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a business ethics think tank, as one of its 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies."

CLICHY, France — French beauty brand L'Oréal has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a business ethics think tank, as one of its 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies." This marks the third time that L'Oréal has been recognized for promoting the highest of ethical standards.

March 15, 2012

A drug under investigation by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Active Biotech reduced symptoms and progression of disease in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial.

JERUSALEM — A drug under investigation by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Active Biotech reduced symptoms and progression of disease in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to results of a late-stage clinical trial.

Teva and Active announced the publication of results of the phase-3 "Allegro" study of oral laquinimod in the March 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted in 24 countries and enrolled 1,106 patients with MS who received 0.6 mg of laquinimod per day or placebo.

March 15, 2012

Mom Made Foods, a maker of frozen prepared meals, snacks and meal starters for kids, is extending its reach to the Big Apple.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Mom Made Foods, a maker of frozen prepared meals, snacks and meal starters for kids, is extending its reach to the Big Apple.

The company, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-organic certified producer of frozen foods for children, announced that its three product lines — Mom Made Meals, Mom Made Munchies and Mom Made Bites — will make their way to Duane Reade. The products currently are available at a variety of grocery retailers, including A&P, Hannaford, Shaw's and Waldbaums.