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November 21, 2011

Perrigo on Monday named Christopher Roop to the post of VP corporate development.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Monday named Christopher Roop to the post of VP corporate development. In this role, Roop will be responsible for identifying, evaluating and pursuing acquisition targets that complement the company’s strategic growth objectives.

November 21, 2011

Jack Link's has expanded its beef jerky offering to include a new line of smokehouse beef jerky.

MINONG, Wis. — Jack Link's has expanded its beef jerky offering to include a new line of smokehouse beef jerky.

New smokehouse beef jerky includes four products, including:

  • Mega jerky, a home style jerky slab available in original, hot and teriyaki flavors, which carries a suggested retail price of $2.29 per piece;

  • Meat stick, an old-fashioned style, smoked stick available in hot, pepperoni and teriyaki flavors, which carries a suggested retail price of $1.29;

November 21, 2011

A hand and respiratory hygiene program including frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer helped reduce illness caused by influenza A, and reduced the number of missed school days in elementary school children, according to a study in the November issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

PHILADELPHIA — A hand and respiratory hygiene program including frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer helped reduce illness caused by influenza A, and reduced the number of missed school days in elementary school children, according to a study in the November issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

November 21, 2011

Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is acquiring an Australian drug maker for up to A$700 million, Valeant said.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is acquiring an Australian drug maker for up to A$700 million, Valeant said.

Valeant announced that it would acquire iNova, which sells and distributes prescription and OTC drugs in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and South Africa, from iNova's current shareholders, Archer Capital, Ironbridge and others.

Valeant will pay iNova shareholders A$625 upfront and up to A$75 million in milestones.

 

November 21, 2011

Zak Designs has introduced new on-the-go drinkware items that allow adults to bring out the kid in them.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Zak Designs has introduced new on-the-go drinkware items that allow adults to bring out the kid in them.

Zak said its Metallix tumblers are made from durable materials and patented technology that creates an outside shimmer on the tumbler, while the HydroCanteen is made of BPA-free tritan material and feature a leak-proof lid and a carrying loop. Both on-the-go items are adorned with popular licenses from Disney and 20th Century Fox that provide adults with "new ways to show off their inner child," the company said.

November 18, 2011

Citi Investment Research & Analysis is projecting that the peak of flu season may occur beyond last season's peak of January/February, a factor that may place a negative drag on retail same-store sales results over first quarter 2012.

NEW YORK — Citi Investment Research & Analysis is projecting that the peak of flu season may occur beyond last season's peak of January/February, a factor that may place a negative drag on retail same-store sales results over first quarter 2012.

November 18, 2011

ProPhase Labs on Thursday announced that its Cold-Eeze product has been awarded the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Winner's Seal of Approval.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — ProPhase Labs on Thursday announced that its Cold-Eeze product has been awarded the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Winner's Seal of Approval. 

PTPA Media has North America's largest volunteer parent testing community, with more than 40,000 parents. The seal of approval is awarded based on quality, effectiveness and value.

November 18, 2011

A new machine from a company based in Wando, S.C., gives retailers a new way to sell ice cream, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A new machine from a company based in Wando, S.C., gives retailers a new way to sell ice cream, according to published reports.

RetailWire reported that Robofusion, founded by Allan Jones, had developed an eponymous robot that allows customers to create their own ice cream desserts.

According to the company's website, customers walk up to the machine, choose 1-of-4 "Robot Characters" that program the robot movements and effects and then design a five-layer ice cream and candy treat.

November 17, 2011

This Thanksgiving, Curél Skincare is teaming up with television host and lifestyle expert Katie Brown and the Meals on Wheels Association of America to help those in need.

NEW YORK — This Thanksgiving, Curél Skincare is teaming up with television host and lifestyle expert Katie Brown and the Meals on Wheels Association of America to help those in need.

From teaming up with Brown to sharing holiday survival tips, Curél Skincare is going beyond providing therapeutic skin care to support Meals On Wheels’ mission.

November 17, 2011

Second-quarter net sales for J. M. Smucker rose 18% to $235 million for the period ended Oct. 31.

ORRVILLE, Ohio — Second-quarter net sales for J. M. Smucker rose 18% to $235 million for the period ended Oct. 31.

November 17, 2011

Jones Soda has unveiled its limited-edition holiday beverages line.

SEATTLE — Jones Soda has unveiled its limited-edition holiday beverages line.

The lineup includes gingerbread, pear tree, candy cane and sugar plum flavors. Each 12-oz. glass bottle is emblazoned with a corresponding colorful candid photo submitted by Jones Soda fans, and the four-pack itself is shrink-wrapped in a festive covering depicting holiday wrapping paper and a bright red bow, Jones said.

November 17, 2011

Consumers are gravitating toward "natural" over-the-counter remedies, according to a new Kline report, "Natural OTCs 2011: Impact of Non-Drug Products on the U.S. OTC Market," released Wednesday.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Consumers are gravitating toward "natural" over-the-counter remedies, according to a new Kline report, "Natural OTCs 2011: Impact of Non-Drug Products on the U.S. OTC Market," released Wednesday.

While the U.S. traditional nonprescription drugs industry registered an average compound annual growth rate of 2.5% between 2005 and 2010, the market for natural OTC remedies has grown at a CAGR of 5.9% per year from 2009 to 2011, according to the research study.

November 17, 2011

Lindt announced that it has launched a new collection of chocolate treats in line with the holiday season.

STRATHAM, N.H. — Lindt announced that it has launched a new collection of chocolate treats in line with the holiday season.

The Lindt Bear collection — which includes Lindt Bear, mini Lindt Bears, Lindt Bear and Friends, and the Lindt Beary Sweet bag — joins the Lindt family of iconic seasonal figures, including Santa, snowman and gold reindeer. Each Lindt Bear item is made with premium Lindt milk chocolate, dressed in gold foil and finished with a red ribbon.

November 17, 2011

MidWest has introduced a new ladies garden glove that features a clear gripping surface.

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — MidWest has introduced a new ladies garden glove that features a clear gripping surface.

New MidWest invisible gripper ladies garden glove features a floral print pattern design and a knit wrist that keeps dirt out.

November 17, 2011

Kimberly-Clark has introduced new portable cleaning wipes designed to eliminate smudges from touchscreen devices.

PHILADELPHIA — Kimberly-Clark has introduced new portable cleaning wipes designed to eliminate smudges from touchscreen devices.

Packaged in resealable pouches, new KimTech* wipes easily remove fingerprints, makeup and skin oil and grease, won't scratch glass surfaces and virtually are lint-free, Kimberly-Clark said.

November 17, 2011

Nail and beauty care company Pacific World officially has announced the launch of its new SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish under the Nailene brand.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Nail and beauty care company Pacific World officially has announced the launch of its new SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish under the Nailene brand.

SensatioNail is a collection of at-home gel polish products that will provide users with up to two weeks of damage-proof wear.

November 17, 2011

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Tuesday unveiled a new library at P.S. 130 in the Bronx as part of its Advil Congestion Relief Project.

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Tuesday unveiled a new library at P.S. 130 in the Bronx as part of its Advil Congestion Relief Project. New York Yankee fan favorite Brett Gardner helped unveil a newly decongested library with improved access to computers and books.

November 17, 2011

A few months after announcing a test run of its reduced-sugar cola in Iowa and Wisconsin, PepsiCo unveiled plans for a nationwide rollout of Pepsi Next.

NEW YORK — A few months after announcing a test run of its reduced-sugar cola in Iowa and Wisconsin, PepsiCo unveiled plans for a nationwide rollout of Pepsi Next.

According to published reports, Pepsi Next is expected to hit store shelves in spring 2012.

November 17, 2011

SC Johnson was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment and contribution to the advancement of the nation's voluntary green power market.

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment and contribution to the advancement of the nation's voluntary green power market.

The company said it was recognized with the 2011 Green Power Leadership Award. The award honors EPA Green Power Partners that distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, such as solar photovoltaic or landfill gas.

November 16, 2011

Active Health Foods has launched its energy bar in the retail market.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Active Health Foods announced the launch of its energy bars at retail.

Active X energy bars are 100% natural and organic and made with a proprietary formula that was developed by the company in conjunction with a nutritionist, Active Health Foods said. The 1.8-oz. bars are available in Almond Chocolate Delight, Peanut Butter Chocolate Joy, Cashew Berry Dream, Coconut Cocoa Passion and Double Chocolate Chip varieties.

November 16, 2011

Blue Moon's limited-edition beer is returning to stores this holiday season.

DENVER — Blue Moon's limited-edition beer is returning to stores this holiday season.

Blue Moon Grand Cru will be available in stores nationally from November through December. The beverage, which first made its debut in 2009, full-bodied beer that features rich, creamy notes with subtle hints of orange peel and coriander. The company said its a "robust interpretation" of Blue Moon Belgian White Belgian-style wheat ale.

Blue Moon Grand Cru will be available in a 750-ml bottle.

November 16, 2011

Clorox on Tuesday announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 60 cents per share on the company's common stock.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox on Tuesday announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 60 cents per share on the company's common stock.

The dividend is payable Feb. 13, 2012, to to stockholders of record on Jan. 26, 2012.

November 16, 2011

Extra has boosted its lineup of Dessert Delights chewing gum with a new addition that was selected by Facebook fans.

CHICAGO — Extra has boosted its lineup of Dessert Delights chewing gum with a new addition that was selected by Facebook fans.

Extra said its root beer float gum garnered 1.3 million votes from Facebook fans during the brand's Fan Flavorite Vote contest, beating out lemon square and bananas foster flavors. The root beer float gum will make its debut in summer 2012 and will join the current lineup of Extra Dessert Delights that includes orange creme pop, apple pie, mint chocolate chip, strawberry shortcake and key lime pie flavors.

November 16, 2011

Hamacher Resource Group on Tuesday announced the development of a digital home healthcare product library containing product attributes that easily can be searched and sorted to streamline identification and ordering.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group on Tuesday announced the development of a digital home healthcare product library containing product attributes that easily can be searched and sorted to streamline identification and ordering.

November 16, 2011

iHealth, the blood-pressure monitor for the tech-savvy iPad user, is featured here on a Target shelf in central Pennsylvania.