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May 2, 2011

Alberto Culver reported a 6.1% increase in its second-quarter net sales for the period ended March 31.

MELROSE PARK, Ill. — Alberto Culver reported a 6.1% increase in its second-quarter net sales for the period ended March 31.

The company that's behind such beauty care brands as Tresemme, Alberto VO5, Nexxus, St. Ives, Simple and Noxzema said second-quarter net sales rose to $408.2 million from $384.8 million in the prior-year second quarter. On an organic basis, which excludes the effect of foreign currency fluctuations, sales increased 4.3% in the current quarter, led by high single-digit branded beauty care sales growth.

May 2, 2011

Annie Chun's is introducing a new line of organic, fresh-cooked noodles.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Annie Chun's is introducing a new line of organic, fresh-cooked noodles.

Annie Chun's Organic FreshPak Noodles are vegan, low-fat noodles that can be prepared in less than five minutes on the stove or in the microwave and are available in three authentic varieties, including chow mein, buckwheat soba and Japanese-style udon. The noodles can be enjoyed hot or cold, and are ideal for stir-frying, soups and salads, the company said.

May 2, 2011

Skinny Cow is introducing new sweet treats.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Skinny Cow is introducing new sweet treats.

The company, known for its low-fat ice cream products, has made its foray into candy with new Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters, bite-sized treats drenched in caramel and covered in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate; and Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp candy bars, delicate wafers layered with either chocolate or peanut butter filling and covered in a chocolate coating. Each candy contains 110 to 120 calories in each serving.

May 2, 2011

Pepperidge Farm is helping its classic Milano cookies evolve with a new addition.

NORWALK, Conn. — Pepperidge Farm is helping its classic Milano cookies evolve with a new addition.

New Milano Melts cookies combine crisp cookies with a soft chocolate cream filling, providing two textures in every bite. The cookies will be available in Dark Classic Crème and Chocolate Dark Classic Crème varieties.

Milano Melts cookies are available in major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.49.

May 2, 2011

SnackWell's has overhauled its line of products for women with new portioned, indulgent snacks.

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — SnackWell's has overhauled its line of products for women with new portioned, indulgent snacks.

The brand, which is owned by Kraft Foods, said the latest SnackWell's treats will range from 100 to 150 calories per pack. The products, along with such classic SnackWell's treats as devil's food cookie cakes and creme sandwich cookies, will feature new and modern packaging.

The new SnackWell's products made their debut nationwide in mid-April with a suggested retail price of $3.19 per box; each box features five individually portioned packs.

April 29, 2011

The link between high-fat diets and Type 2 diabetes has been known for a long time, but researchers at the University of North Carolina said they’ve found out how that link occurs.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The link between high-fat diets and Type 2 diabetes has been known for a long time, but researchers at the University of North Carolina said they’ve found out how that link occurs.

Led by UNC at Chapel Hill School of Medicine professor Jenny Ting, the team found that the key contributor to Type 2 diabetes is a diet high in saturated fat, but not unsaturated fat. Such diets cause immune cells to produce interleukin-1beta, an inflammatory protein.

April 29, 2011

Weis Markets on Thursday announced an increase of its 2011 capital expenditure budget by 7% to $110 million. The current budget includes 14 major remodels, two additions and three new/replacement stores.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Thursday announced an increase of its 2011 capital expenditure budget by 7% to $110 million. The current budget includes 14 major remodels, two additions and three new/replacement stores.

The company currently is building a replacement unit near Reading, a new unit near Easton and a replacement unit near State College, all in Pennsylvania.

April 28, 2011

Beanfields has introduced a new line of corn- and gluten-free tortilla chips.

LOS ANGELES — Beanfields has introduced a new line of corn- and gluten-free tortilla chips.

Beanfields' bean and rice chips are made with black beans, navy beans and long-grain rice. The company said the line includes four flavors: naturally unsalted, sea salt, sea salt and pepper, and pico de gallo.

A 6-oz. bag of Beanfields chips retails from $2.99 to $3.99.

April 28, 2011

Many states need to improve healthy food access to promote healthy eating habits and curb obesity among children, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — Many states need to improve healthy food access to promote healthy eating habits and curb obesity among children, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC's "2011 Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report" found that 32-out-of-50 states (along with the District of Columbia) scored at or below the national average for the Modified Retail Food Environment Index, a measure of the proportion of food retailers that typically sell healthy foods within a state.

April 28, 2011

Winn-Dixie Stores announced that, with the sale of its Deep South beverage manufacturing facility, it has completed its program to sell all noncore manufacturing operations.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores announced that, with the sale of its Deep South beverage manufacturing facility, it has completed its program to sell all noncore manufacturing operations.

Polar Beverages of Worcester, Mass., will own the Fitzgerald, Ga.-based facility effective April 29.

April 27, 2011

Blue Bunny is expanding its ice cream lineup with decadent flavors that feature pieces of cake.

LE MARS, Iowa — Blue Bunny is expanding its ice cream lineup with decadent flavors that feature pieces of cake.

The brand partnered with celebrity cake baker Duff Goldman to create such ice cream flavors as Red Carpet Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake, I Do! I Do! Wedding Cake and Strawberries Are Forever Shortcake.

April 27, 2011

Celebrating the recent launch of its strawberry-flavored cupcakes, Hostess is kicking off a new promotion.

IRVING, Texas — Celebrating the recent launch of its strawberry-flavored cupcakes, Hostess is kicking off a new promotion.

The snacks brand this month commenced its Cupcake Jackpot promotion, which offers consumers the chance to win a grand prize of $10,000, as well as more than 300 daily prizes, including cash, a one-year supply of Hostess cupcakes, Hostess prize packs and Flip Video cameras with skins that feature Hostess' iconic squiggle.

April 27, 2011

Mexi-Snax, a Natural Snacks brand, has repackaged all of its 14-oz. tortilla chips with new retro packaging to celebrate the brand's 30-year anniversary.

ADDISON, Ill. — Mexi-Snax, a Natural Snacks brand, has repackaged all of its 14-oz. tortilla chips with new retro packaging to celebrate the brand's 30-year anniversary.

The repackaged flavors include lightly salted/original, pico de gallo, nacho and sesame. The brand also has brought back its hot and spicy flavor.

The updated packaging debuted in February, and the 14-oz. bags are available for a suggested retail price of $3.29.

April 27, 2011

PepsiCo is building on the social networking experience by providing consumers with a new kind of vending system.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo is building on the social networking experience by providing consumers with a new kind of vending system.

The company announced plans to roll out an interactive vending machine, dubbed the Social Vending System, which features a full touchscreen that enables users to give a gift to a friend by selecting a beverage, entering the recipient's name, mobile number and a personalized text message. There's also the option to further personalize the gift with a short video recorded right at the machine.

April 26, 2011

Lipton Iced Tea's beverages now are boasting an all-natural ingredient list.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Lipton Iced Tea's beverages now are boasting an all-natural ingredient list.

New 100% natural Lipton Iced Tea will be available in green tea with citrus, iced tea with lemon, iced tea with blueberry pomegranate and green tea with passionfruit mango flavors. Lipton Iced Tea's diet portfolio also will expand with new diet green tea with watermelon joining diet green tea with citrus flavor.

Each bottle will retail from 99 cents to $1.59 and will be available in 20-oz. bottles.

April 26, 2011

TalkingRain Beverage said it is bringing its Sparkling Ice brand to Kroger stores and the retailer's other supermarket banners.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — TalkingRain Beverage said it is bringing its Sparkling Ice brand to Kroger stores and the retailer's other supermarket banners.

Sparkling Ice will hit the shelves of Kroger, King Soopers, Ralphs, QFC, Fred Meyer, Frys, Dillons and Smith's across the country. Sparkling Ice, which blends together mountain spring water, fruit juice and carbonation, is available in orange mango, black raspberry, lemon lime, pomegranate berry, pink grapefruit and kiwi strawberry flavors, and in 17-oz. and 1-liter containers.

April 25, 2011

Take a bite out of clutter
Photogator has released an alternative to the clips, tape and pushpins essential in any office or home. The Photogator is an oval plastic stand with three curved slots that holds photo cards, recipe cards, photos and even retail signage.
Price: $6 (3-pack), $15 (10-pack)
PhotogatorStand.com

April 25, 2011

A fresh new vision has come into view at Duane Reade as the Walgreens-owned retailer expanded its fresh food and grocery offerings. In its Union Square store in Manhattan, shown here, consumers are greeted by an expansive food offering that includes an island of such on-the-go meals as oatmeal, sushi, sandwiches and salads; baked goods with a self-service coffee bar; and an array of frozen foods. The concept also prominently features the store-brand DR Delish line of premium snacks and beverages.


April 25, 2011

A new limited-edition beer is helping consumers get ready for summer.

CHICAGO — A new limited-edition beer is helping consumers get ready for summer.

Low-calorie brand MGD 64 is serving up MGD 64 Lemonade, a 64-calorie beer that combines a light, crisp draft beer taste with the tangy taste of lemonade. Available in six-pack bottles and 12-pack bottles and cans, MGD 64 Lemonade will be available from May through Labor Day at retailers nationwide.

MGD 64, part of the Miller Geniune Draft line of products, launched nationally in 2008.

April 25, 2011

SUPPLIER NEWS — Frito-Lay is spicing up its Doritos, Fritos and Ruffles brands to include a Tapatio hot-sauce-flavored product. All three products include a unique combination of red chili peppers, spices and a hint of garlic — the same ingredients in the Tapatio hot sauce recipe. They are available at in small bags (99 cents) and large bags ($2.99).

April 25, 2011

SUPPLIER NEWS — Purina One has introduced a new line of pet food for dogs and cats that boasts meat as the No. 1 ingredient. Purina One Beyond is crafted without wheat or corn, added fillers or artificial preservatives. The line includes two adult dog recipes: chicken and whole oat meal, and lamb and whole barley. The line also features two adult cat recipes: salmon and whole brown rice, and chicken and whole oat meal. Purina One Beyond dog recipes are available in 3-lb., 15-lb. and 26-lb. packages. Purina One Beyond cat recipes are available in a 1-lb.

April 25, 2011

Growing the health-and-wellness business remains a top priority for Sam’s Club as the warehouse club operator has identified those key categories as areas where it can demonstrate value, drive member loyalty and gain market share.


Sam’s has high expectations for health and wellness, along with food and consumables, as it looks to deliver on its brand promise of “savings made simple” and maintain the same-store sales momentum experienced throughout 2010 that culminated with a 2.7% gain in the fourth quarter.


April 25, 2011

Snickers really wants consumers to "love" its latest confection.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Snickers really wants consumers to "love" its latest confection.

The Mars Chocolate brand has implemented a "love" button on its Facebook fan page — an upgrade of the social networking site's "like" button — to celebrate the launch of Snickers Peanut Butter Squared.

April 25, 2011

Supervalu operates under the maxim that the pharmacy division exists as the “solution center for the sick and destination for the healthy.” In other words, Supervalu pharmacy endeavors to be that retail rarity: all things to all people. If it has something to do with health and wellness, treatments or prevention, Supervalu has an answer. 


April 22, 2011

Calcium causes heart attacks! Vitamin E kills! Vitamin D makes your eyeballs explode! OK, the last headline was just made up, but these are the kind of B-movie headlines many of these inaccurate meta-analyses generate, especially across the dietary supplement industry.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — Calcium causes heart attacks! Vitamin E kills! Vitamin D makes your eyeballs explode! OK, the last headline was just made up, but these are the kind of B-movie headlines many of these inaccurate meta-analyses generate, especially across the dietary supplement industry.