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February 7, 2012

Executives and guests of Post Holdings visited the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the spinoff from parent company Ralcorp Holdings on Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Executives and guests of Post Holdings visited the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the spinoff from parent company Ralcorp Holdings on Tuesday.

As part of the celebration, Post Holdings CEO William Stiritz rang the opening bell.

As reported, the cereal maker now is a publicly-traded standalone company. It will trade under the ticket symbol "POST."

February 7, 2012

Red Carpet Manicure has announced that its at-home gel manicure system, Red Carpet Manicure, will be showcased at the Grammy Gift Lounge in Los Angeles on Feb. 9 to 11, where performers and presenters of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards will have an opportunity to indulge in the hottest nail art.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Red Carpet Manicure has announced that its at-home gel manicure system, Red Carpet Manicure, will be showcased at the Grammy Gift Lounge in Los Angeles on Feb. 9 to 11, where performers and presenters of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards will have an opportunity to indulge in the hottest nail art.

A team of celebrity manicurists will be on-site with Red Carpet Manicure’s “Amore 24,” an exclusive 24-karat gold nail polish, to treat Grammy presenters and performers.

February 7, 2012

Two members of Congress are looking for co-sponsors for a bill that would strengthen the medication therapy management benefit in the Medicare prescription drug program.

NEW YORK — Two members of Congress are looking for co-sponsors for a bill that would strengthen the medication therapy management benefit in the Medicare prescription drug program.

Last year, Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ala.; and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., introduced H.R. 891, the Medication Therapy Management Benefits Act, which would allow elderly people with at least one chronic condition access to Medicare Part D coverage for MTM. Currently, only those with multiple conditions are eligible.

February 7, 2012

M&M Products' Sofn’free hair care brand has developed the new Nothing But line for textured hair, which is free of phthalates and five ingredients common in hair care.

ATLANTA — M&M Products' Sofn’free hair care brand has developed the new Nothing But line for textured hair, which is free of phthalates and five ingredients common in hair care.

The line — which is designed to appeal to “naturalistas, fashionistas and recessionistas” — is free of petrolatum, mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, colorants and phthalates. The formula also is free of drying alcohols and animal proteins. 

February 7, 2012

Stouffer's has launched a new campaign that encourages couples to use the brand's Sautes for Two line to reconnect.

SOLON, Ohio — Stouffer's has launched a new campaign that encourages couples to use the brand's Sautes for Two line to reconnect.

February 7, 2012

Supervalu on Tuesday announced plans to reduce its national work force by an estimated 800 positions.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Tuesday announced plans to reduce its national work force by an estimated 800 positions. A majority of these reductions will take place by the close of the company’s fiscal year on Feb. 25, 2012. The reductions include both current positions and open jobs that will not be filled.

February 7, 2012

Apparently, there’s life after Express Scripts.

Apparently, there’s life after Express Scripts.

Walgreens took its lumps in January after failing to mend its very public rift with pharmacy benefit management giant Express Scripts, reporting a 2.3% drop in sales for the month. But considering that the PBM’s millions of customers represented $5.3 billion in prescription sales for the 7,818-store drug chain in fiscal 2011, it could have been worse.

February 7, 2012

In an effort to assure customers that private-label products are meeting the proper nutrition criteria, Walmart announced it is implementing a transparent initiative called "Great For You," an icon that calls out healthy foods sold in Walmart stores.

WASHINGTON — In an effort to assure customers that private-label products are meeting the proper nutrition criteria, Walmart announced it is implementing a transparent initiative called "Great For You," an icon that calls out healthy foods sold in Walmart stores, Walmart announced on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

February 6, 2012

Campbell Soup Co. has appointed a new leader for its human resources department.

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. has appointed a new leader for its human resources department.

Robert Morrissey, who has served as VP human resources for Campbell's North America division since 2006, was appointed SVP and chief human resources officer. In his new role, Morrissey will be responsible for Campbell's global human resources function, including talent acquisition and management, organizational effectiveness, compensation and benefits, and diversity and inclusion for the company's 18,000 employees.

February 6, 2012

In an effort to raise awareness of women's heart health educational programs, an actress and a fashion designer have joined Diet Coke and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's The Heart Truth campaign.

ATLANTA — In an effort to raise awareness of women's heart health educational programs, an actress and a fashion designer have joined Diet Coke and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's The Heart Truth campaign.

February 6, 2012

Supermarket chain Giant Food has acquired two supermarkets in the Baltimore area from another company, Giant said.

LANDOVER, Md. — Supermarket chain Giant Food has acquired two supermarkets in the Baltimore area from another company, Giant said.

Giant, also known as Giant-Landover to distinguish itself from Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa. — both are owned by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold — said it would buy two Fresh & Green's stores from Mrs. Green's Management. The stores are in Baltimore and Parkville, Md.

Both stores will subsequently be closed for remodeling, and the Baltimore store will replace a Giant store at a nearby shopping center.

February 6, 2012

Hostess is making one of its limited-edition treats a full-time staple.

IRVING, Texas — Hostess is making one of its limited-edition treats a full-time staple.

The company said it has expanded its Twinkies line to include chocolate creme Twinkies. Available in multipack and single-serve options, the new Twinkies item is being rolled out to store shelves nationwide.

Chocolate creme Twinkies were first introduced last spring and have become part of the Hostess portfolio after positive consumer response, the company said.

February 6, 2012

Now in its sixth season as the official cosmetics sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Maybelline New York has announced its lineup of sponsorships and initiatives.

NEW YORK — Now in its sixth season as the official cosmetics sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Maybelline New York has announced its lineup of sponsorships and initiatives. This season includes collaborations with an increasingly diverse roster of fashion and beauty talent, a new installation of its advertising campaign and a continued digital presence.

February 6, 2012

More fans wished New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning well before his Super Bowl win Sunday than fans of the opposing quarterback — New England's Tom Brady.

CINCINNATI — More fans wished New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning well before his Super Bowl win Sunday than fans of the opposing quarterback — New England's Tom Brady. Responding to a Vicks-branded poll on which of this year’s players will live up to the Vicks’ “no sick days” spirit, 45% of fans named Manning and 35% Brady.

February 6, 2012

Mylan has completed its acquisition of two skin drugs from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the generic drug maker said Monday.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan has completed its acquisition of two skin drugs from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the generic drug maker said Monday.

Mylan announced that it had acquired the regulatory approval applications for generic clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide gel, a generic version of Valeant's BenzaClin, and a license to manufacture and market fluorouracil cream in the 5% strength, a version of Valeant's Efudex.

February 6, 2012

Leaders of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Monday urged Regional Chain Conference attendees to participate in NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill, a key initiative designed to shape the public policy arena.

NAPLES, Fla. — Leaders of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores on Monday urged Regional Chain Conference attendees to participate in NACDS RxImpact Day on Capitol Hill, a key initiative designed to shape the public policy arena. 

February 6, 2012

In the five years since he has led the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, president and CEO Steve Anderson has operated under a sound policy; so simple, it is the advice he gives his own children: “We don’t start any fights — but we sure are going to finish them.” On Monday, Anderson and NACDS chairman Bob Loeffler, who also serves as H-E-B chief administrative officer, told NACDS Regional Chain Conference attendees that now they are going to take that fight to the PBM lobby.

NAPLES, Fla. — In the five years since he has led the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, president and CEO Steve Anderson has operated under a sound policy; so simple, it is the advice he gives his own children: “We don’t start any fights — but we sure are going to finish them.” On Monday, Anderson and NACDS chairman Bob Loeffler, who also serves as H-E-B chief administrative officer, told NACDS Regional Chain Conference attendees here, that now they are going to take that fight to the PBM lobby.

February 6, 2012

Procter & Gamble’s new Secret Outlast antiperspirant and deodorant collection is partnering with Jenni Pulos of Bravo’s “Flipping Out” to help women confidently conquer their long days with the 48-hour odor protection of Secret Outlast.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s new Secret Outlast antiperspirant and deodorant collection is partnering with Jenni Pulos of Bravo’s “Flipping Out” to help women confidently conquer their long days with the 48-hour odor protection of Secret Outlast.

February 6, 2012

Ralcorp Holdings officially has turned its Post cereal business into a tax-free spinoff to Ralcorp shareholders.

ST. LOUIS — Ralcorp Holdings officially has turned its Post Foods cereal business into a tax-free spinoff to Ralcorp shareholders.

The deal, which was announced in July 2011, allows Ralcorp shareholders to hold shares of two stand-alone, publicly traded companies: Ralcorp and Post Foods. Now its own separate business, Ralcorp said it will produce private-label foods in the United States and also become a major producer of foodservice products.

February 6, 2012

U.S. retail e-commerce sales experienced a strong finish in 2011, putting sales for the full year well ahead of 2010, according to ComScore.

RESTON, Va. — U.S. retail e-commerce sales experienced a strong finish in 2011, putting sales for the full year well ahead of 2010, according to ComScore.

February 6, 2012

In honor of American Heart Month, Sam's Club announced it will be hosting free heart health screenings on Feb. 11 at all locations with a pharmacy.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — In honor of American Heart Month, Sam's Club announced it will be hosting free heart health screenings on Feb. 11 at all locations with a pharmacy.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., members and guests can receive total cholesterol, HDL, glucose, body mass index and blood-pressure tests for free. During the screenings, Sam's Club pharmacies also will offer free samples of related items, the company said.

February 6, 2012

TeleBrands has launched Sticky Buddy, a new reusable sticky roller that is designed to remove hair, crumbs and more without ruining fabrics.

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — TeleBrands has launched Sticky Buddy, a new reusable sticky roller that is designed to remove hair, crumbs and more without ruining fabrics.

The company said it recently secured the exclusive intellectual property rights for the roller, which was invented by Tylor Ross of South Bend, Ind. The roller also features little "rubber fingers" that help users reach deep into carpets to remove ground-in messes, TeleBrands said.

February 6, 2012

Pregnant women with diabetes are almost four times more likely to have a baby with a birth defect than women without the condition, and the likelihood is linked to the mother's glucose level, according to a new study released by Newcastle University Monday.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England — Pregnant women with diabetes are almost four times more likely to have a baby with a birth defect than women without the condition, and the likelihood is linked to the mother's glucose level, according to a new study released by Newcastle University Monday.

The study, led by researchers at Newcastle University and the Regional Maternity Survey Office and funded by Diabetes UK, suggests that as many as 1-in-13 deliveries to women with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes involves a major congenital anomaly, also known as a birth defect.

February 6, 2012

Tic Tac has unveiled its first-ever 360-degree marketing campaign, the brand announced Monday.

SOMERSET, N.J. — Tic Tac has unveiled its first-ever 360-degree marketing campaign, the brand announced Monday.

February 6, 2012

Reckitt Benckiser’s depilatory brand Veet has inked a year-long partnership with celebrity ballroom dancing pro and TV personality Cheryl Burke.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser’s depilatory brand Veet has inked a year-long partnership with celebrity ballroom dancing pro and TV personality Cheryl Burke.

The deal marks the highest-profile celebrity endorsement in the brand's history and reflects the brand's emphasis on revitalizing its beauty and lifestyle positioning through a strategic partnership.