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February 17, 2012

Three-of-every-4 consumers using smartphones and tablets respond to a call to action after seeing a location-specific message, according to the "Mobile Audience Insights Report" issued by JiWire on Wednesday.

SAN FRANCISCO — Three-of-every-4 consumers using smartphones and tablets respond to a call to action after seeing a location-specific message, according to the "Mobile Audience Insights Report" issued by JiWire on Wednesday.

February 17, 2012

Clarinex (desloratadine), the next-generation prescription allergy remedy to the second-generation Claritin, is 1-of-3 blockbuster prescription medicines that may make the crossover from prescription-only to over-the-counter in the near future.

Clarinex (desloratadine), the next-generation prescription allergy remedy to the second-generation Claritin, is 1-of-3 blockbuster prescription medicines that may make the crossover from prescription-only to over-the-counter in the near future. If so, the medicine may take the podium as one of the four best-selling allergy brands — Zyrtec and Claritin currently top that list, with Allegra, launched last year, beating out all other cough-cold and allergy tablet brands with more than $220 million in sales through December.


February 17, 2012

A member-owned cooperative serving the food industry has appointed a new leader.

SKOKIE, Ill. — A member-owned cooperative serving the food industry has appointed a new leader.

Topco has named Randall Skoda as its new president and CEO following the retirement of Steven Lauer. Skoda has served as interim president and CEO since December of last year. Prior to that, Skoda served as EVP for four years.

February 17, 2012

DRS Health introduced a line of supplements with their doctors on the box, testament to the fact that almost 80% of all doctors recommend the use of supplements.

ATLANTA — DRS Health introduced a line of supplements with their doctors on the box, testament to the fact that almost 80% of all doctors recommend the use of supplements. One of the standout SKUs is the unique H3 Rapid Recovery, a beverage mix formulated to help the body rebuild after surgery, injury or trauma. It’s a supplement with unique tie-in potential at the pharmacy counter with post-surgical medicines and in-line with the braces assortment. Sales of all supplements were up 5.8% for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 24 across food, drug and mass, according to Nielsen.


February 17, 2012

According to IMS VP industry relations Doug Long, who spoke Feb. 6 at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Regional Chain Meeting on current trends and forecasts for the U.S. pharmaceutical market, specialty pharmacy dollars are growing more than 10% on a 12-month moving annual total basis. 


“I have 20 years in the retail sector, and I know that not every pharmacist can be a specialist in a retail environment. So we give the pharmacists a higher level of confidence by using technology to target specific [national drug codes]. If a limited-
distribution product or a specialty script that they either don’t stock or they have never seen before comes across the counter, the computer directs them to Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions.

February 17, 2012

Men’s body grooming has grown in popularity, especially among the younger generation, resulting in growth in the men’s grooming/shaving scissors segment at mass.

Men’s body grooming has grown in popularity, especially among the younger generation, resulting in growth in the men’s grooming/shaving scissors segment at mass. According to data from SymphonyIRI Group, the category grew nearly 26% 
to more than $103 million for the 12 weeks ended Jan. 22 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart). The segment will likely continue to grow as manufacturers develop new innovative products, such as Clio Designs’ Hypergroom Body Groomer, a triple blade, battery-operated body groomer.

 

 

February 16, 2012

Paramount Home Media Distribution is bringing a Golden Globe-nominated animated adventure to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD.

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Paramount Home Media Distribution is bringing a Golden Globe-nominated animated adventure to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD.

February 16, 2012

Alouette has launched two new spreadable cheeses.

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — Alouette has launched two new spreadable cheeses.

Available in ready-to-serve 6 oz. containers, the sharp cheddar cheese and bacon cheddar cheese flavors are available in the deli section of supermarkets nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.99.

February 16, 2012

A provider of rich media mobile and social merchandising found that less than one-third of the top 100 Internet retailers tout websites that are optimal for tablet commerce.

BOSTON — A provider of rich media mobile and social merchandising found that less than one-third of the top 100 Internet retailers tout websites that are optimal for tablet commerce.

February 16, 2012

Arm & Hammer has introduced a new type of cat litter that's aimed at busy cat owners who don't have time to clean the litter box every day.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Arm & Hammer has introduced a new type of cat litter that's aimed at busy cat owners who don't have time to clean the litter box every day.

New Ultra Last clumping cat litter contains Arm & Hammer baking soda-coated granules and special odor neutralizers that continuously eliminate even the worst litter box odors, the company said. It also creates rock solid clumps that give way for easy removal of the source of odors and the moisture activated fresh scent deodorizes the litter every time the cat uses the litter box.

February 16, 2012

Avery Brewing has tapped can manufacturer Ball to create unique packaging for Avery's brands.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Avery Brewing has tapped can manufacturer Ball to create unique packaging for Avery's brands.

The company said it partnered with Ball's Graphics Center of Excellence and utilized the latter's Eyeris Enhanced Graphics printing technique to create a 360-degree miniature billboard with every can for distinctive, on-the-shelf differentiation of Avery's brands, including India Pale Ale, White Rascal, Ellie's Brown Ale and Joe's Premium American Pilsner.

February 16, 2012

Barq's is paying homage to its Gulf Coast heritage by introducing a new design on all of its products' packaging.

ATLANTA — Barq's is paying homage to its Gulf Coast heritage by introducing a new design on all of its products' packaging.

The root beer brand said that while the cans will maintain their distinctive silver color, the new look features a diamond pattern reminiscent of the drink's original 1898 12-oz. glass bottle packaging. Additionally, the label helps celebrate the brand's 114-year history by keeping the simple slogan "It's Good. Since 1898."

February 16, 2012

Results of a new survey released Thursday by the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest found that the majority of adult consumers and parents in the United States rely on over-the-counter cough medicines.

NEW YORK — Results of a new survey released Thursday by the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest found that the majority of adult consumers and parents in the United States rely on over-the-counter cough medicines: 68% of adult consumers agreed that OTC cough medicines allow them to stay productive at work and school, and 60% of parents reported that these medicines allowed their children to stay productive at school.

February 16, 2012

Fougera Pharmaceuticals has promoted Walt Kaczmarek to serve as the company's SVP commercial operations, the drug maker announced.

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Fougera Pharmaceuticals has promoted Walt Kaczmarek to serve as the company's SVP commercial operations, the drug maker announced.

Kaczmarek, who joined the company in 2004, has been managing national accounts for Fougera’s three marketing divisions, including Fougera, PharmaDerm, and Savage Labs, for the past eight years. He recently began managing accounts for the managed care markets of Fougera's branded division PharmaDerm, Fougera said.

February 16, 2012

Fred's on Thursday announced an increase in the company's quarterly cash dividend by 20% to 6 cents per share, and an increase in the company's stock repurchase program to an additional 3.6 million shares, or 10% of the currently outstanding shares.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's on Thursday announced an increase in the company's quarterly cash dividend by 20% to 6 cents per share, and an increase in the company's stock repurchase program to an additional 3.6 million shares, or 10% of the currently outstanding shares.

February 16, 2012

One of the supermarket chains operated by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold has installed rooftop solar panels at two of its stores.

LANCASTER, Pa. — One of the supermarket chains operated by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold has installed rooftop solar panels at two of its stores.

Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food Stores — also known as Giant-Carlisle to distinguish it from Landover, Md.-based Giant Food, also owned by Ahold — said it had installed solar photovoltaic systems at stores in Lancaster and Pottstown, Pa.

February 16, 2012

Insulet and LifeScan have entered a partnership through which the latter's OneTouch blood-glucose monitoring technology will be integrated into the former's OmniPod Personal Diabetes Manager.

BEDFORD, Mass. — Insulet and LifeScan have entered a partnership through which the latter's OneTouch blood-glucose monitoring technology will be integrated into the former's OmniPod Personal Diabetes Manager.

February 16, 2012

Kroger last month installed its first remote "kiosk store" on the campus of Ohio Northern University, according to a report published Wednesday in the Toledo Blade.

ADA, OHIO — Kroger last month installed its first remote "kiosk store" on the campus of Ohio Northern University here, according to a report published Wednesday in the Toledo Blade.

The kiosk model is still in test market phase, a company representative told the Blade.

The refrigerate, 10-ft.-by-13-ft. kiosk can hold up to 200 items — though the Kroger kiosk currently fields 164 SKUs — including anything from toiletries and cleaning supplies to perishables that include fresh milk, bread, fruit and ground beef.

February 16, 2012

Marley Coffee has inked a distribution agreement that will expands its line's availability on the East Coast, as well as in Hawaii.

LOS ANGELES — Marley Coffee has inked a distribution agreement that will expands its line's availability on the East Coast, as well as in Hawaii.

February 16, 2012

The global market for celiac disease is expected to grow substantially over the decade as more people are diagnosed with the condition, according to a new report.

LONDON — The global market for celiac disease is expected to grow substantially over the decade as more people are diagnosed with the condition, according to a new report.

The report, by British market research firm GlobalData, found that the global celiac disease therapeutics market would be worth more than $512 million by 2017 and $664.4 million by 2019.

February 16, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services is providing $10 million in fiscal year 2012 funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is providing $10 million in fiscal year 2012 funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The NDPP is an initiative, authorized in 2010, which provides local communities with lifestyle change programs for preventing Type 2 diabetes. HHS' decision was praised by several groups, including the American Diabetes Association and the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance.

February 16, 2012

Though an estimated 26.7 million Americans ages 50 years and older have hearing loss, only about 1-in-7 of them uses a hearing aid, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers that was released Monday.

BALTIMORE — Though an estimated 26.7 million Americans ages 50 years and older have hearing loss, only about 1-in-7 of them uses a hearing aid, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins researchers that was released Monday.

Johns Hopkins experts estimate nearly 23 million have untreated hearing loss and suggest that their findings add clarity to less rigorous estimates by device manufacturers and demonstrates how widespread undertreatment of hearing loss is in the United States.

February 16, 2012

Poor medication adherence is a national problem, but it can be particularly problematic among populations with low health literacy or limited English proficiency.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Poor medication adherence is a national problem, but it can be particularly problematic among populations with low health literacy or limited English proficiency.

A deal between two companies aims to provide mobile medication adherence services to both groups. Polyglot Systems and CellepathicRx have partnered to use CPRx's mobile health platform to deliver Polyglot's Meducation content to hard-to-reach patients through mobile Web and email technologies and smart phone applications.

February 16, 2012

Mars Chocolate is putting its candy bars on a diet, according to published reports.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate is putting its candy bars on a diet, according to published reports.

The company is said to limit the calories on its well-known candy brands, including Snickers and Twix. According to a Reuters report, candy bars will tout no more than 250 calories by 2013. What's more, the report said, such items as the 540-calorie king-size Snickers bar will be pulled from the market by 2014.

February 16, 2012

Unilever has introduced a U.K. facial skin care brand to the U.S. market with the launch of Simple Sensitive Skin Experts.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever has introduced a U.K. facial skin care brand to the U.S. market with the launch of Simple Sensitive Skin Experts.

The brand’s debut in the United States and Canada is marked by the unveiling of 13 facial skin care items, making it the only mass facial skin care line specifically for those with sensitive skin, Unilever stated.