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November 10, 2011

Xcel Brands has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with The Cloudbreak Group to develop, manufacture and distribute fragrance, bath and body, home fragrance and other related beauty products for the Isaac Mizrahi New York brand.

NEW YORK — Xcel Brands has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with The Cloudbreak Group to develop, manufacture and distribute fragrance, bath and body, home fragrance and other related beauty products for the Isaac Mizrahi New York brand.

The signature fragrance will debut in fall 2012, launching in finer department stores domestically and in multiple International markets.

November 9, 2011

Procter & Gamble, through its Pepto-Bismol brand, is teaming up with Feeding America and "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet to launch its “Feast for All” campaign, the company announced Tuesday.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble, through its Pepto-Bismol brand, is teaming up with Feeding America and "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet to launch its “Feast for All” campaign, the company announced Tuesday.

Through Dec. 1, consumers who visit Pepto’s Facebook will see Stonestreet displaying a photo of his prized Thanksgiving turkey. With every consumer who “likes” the photo of the turkey, P&G will help donate eight meals to Feeding America.

November 9, 2011

In honor of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, the CDC will host a discussion on Twitter that will underscore the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

ATLANTA — In honor of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, the CDC will host a discussion on Twitter that will underscore the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.

The awareness week, which was first established in 2008, will begin Monday, while the Twitter chat is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. The discussion encourages a dialogue between healthcare professionals and members of the CDC on ways to improve antibiotic use in healthcare settings and more.

November 9, 2011

Clif Kid on Tuesday released the results of a national survey that found that consumers are confused about nutrition labels; specifically, appropriate quantities of nutrients and nutrition terminology causes frustration among parents when it comes to feeding their kids.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Kid on Tuesday released the results of a national survey that found that consumers are confused about nutrition labels; specifically, appropriate quantities of nutrients and nutrition terminology causes frustration among parents when it comes to feeding their kids.

November 9, 2011

Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer American Apparel is expanding its beauty portfolio with the launch of its first line of lip glosses.

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer American Apparel is expanding its beauty portfolio with the launch of its first line of lip glosses.

The company is adding nine shades of gloss to its palette of Made in USA beauty products. The nine colors feature names that evoke an array of facets of the American Apparel experience, such as Legalize LA, a bright red using the slogan of the company's call for immigration reform, and Pantytime, an apricot-toned pink named after American Apparel's yearly celebration of all things underwear.

November 9, 2011

Coty has announced that Bart Becht, former Reckitt Benckiser CEO, has joined its board as nonexecutive chairman.

NEW YORK — Coty has announced that Bart Becht, former Reckitt Benckiser CEO, has joined its board as nonexecutive chairman.

Becht stepped down as CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, a U.K.-based consumer goods company, in August 2011.

November 9, 2011

GeoPalz on Tuesday instituted technical upgrades to its GeoPalz product and online activity-tracking program.

BOULDER, Colo. — GeoPalz on Tuesday instituted technical upgrades to its GeoPalz product and online activity-tracking program.

“Our main goal is to motivate kids and families to be active together, so we are proud to bolster the technical abilities of this product to more precisely and confidently track their steps," GeoPalz CEO Rich Schmelzer said.

November 9, 2011

According to the most recent consumer snapshot survey by Interclick, 42% of Americans are planning to be immunized this year.

NEW YORK — According to the most recent consumer snapshot survey by Interclick, 42% of Americans are planning to be immunized this year.

The survey, released Wednesday, explores consumer behaviors ahead of flu season, including sentiment on the shots, preferred treatment brands and where they go for the latest news on the flu.

November 9, 2011

The Washington state government's cap on quaffable spirits popped open Wednesday as voters there passed a ballot initiative to allow private retailers to sell liquor, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — The Washington state government's cap on quaffable spirits popped open Wednesday as voters there passed a ballot initiative to allow private retailers to sell liquor, according to published reports.

November 9, 2011

Rite Aid has launched a new photo website that it said would make ordering prints, photo books, calendars and photo gifts easier, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has launched a new photo website that it said would make ordering prints, photo books, calendars and photo gifts easier, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

The company said items ordered through the website, Mywayphotos.riteaid.com, can be mailed to any address or picked up at any Rite Aid store.

November 9, 2011

Retailers are gearing up for the holiday seasons, and have every intent of coaxing their shoppers into filling a shopping cart, such as this one at a central Pennsylvania Rite Aid.

November 9, 2011

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe flu shots prevent the flu, but only half plan to get the shot this year, according to the "Safeway Seasonal Wellness Survey," conducted by Kelton Research.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe flu shots prevent the flu, but only half plan to get the shot this year, according to the "Safeway Seasonal Wellness Survey," conducted by Kelton Research.

This is especially surprising, given that 89% said getting a flu shot is “as important” (50%) or “more important” (39%) than it was five years ago.

November 9, 2011

Teenagers that consume a fiber-rich diet are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

NEW YORK — Teenagers that consume a fiber-rich diet are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

November 8, 2011

A beverage can supplier has introduced a new can in the North America market.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A beverage can supplier has introduced a new can in the North America market.

Ball said its 568-mL can (which is about 19.2 oz.) is 100% recyclable and is ideal for energy drinks, teas, alcoholic beverages and other premium products. The can touts a unique size, having the approximate height of a 24-oz. can and the diameter of a 16-oz. can.

With this introduction, Ball now offers more than 20 can sizes worldwide.

November 8, 2011

Energizer announced that its VP and general counsel will retire.

ST. LOUIS — Energizer announced that its VP and general counsel will retire.

The company said Gayle Stratmann, who was named VP and general counsel in March 2003, will leave her post in the first half of 2012.

"Gayle has done an outstanding job as our general counsel," Energizer CEO Ward Klein said. "Her wisdom, deep understanding of the business and strategic counsel has served management and the shareholders well. We wish Gayle the very best in her retirement."

November 8, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a website for patients and caregivers on the safe disposal of needles and other “sharps” that are used at home, at work and while traveling.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a website for patients and caregivers on the safe disposal of needles and other “sharps” that are used at home, at work and while traveling.

November 8, 2011

M-Edge Accessories recently debuted new iPad 2 accessories that show off the devices in military style.

ODENTON, Md. — M-Edge Accessories recently debuted new iPad 2 accessories that show off the devices in military style.

The military-inspired lineup includes the trench runner series and the recon jacket. The trench runner series of products, which includes a messenger bag, jacket and sleeve, are vintage military style accessories in weathered cotton canvas, while the recon jacket is a ruggedized case designed for the outdoor adventurer, M-Edge Accessories said.

November 8, 2011

To celebrate the release of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," Mountain Dew has announced a sweepstakes where consumers can receive a chance to play the video game with three friends on a stadium screen.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — To celebrate the release of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," Mountain Dew has announced a sweepstakes where consumers can receive a chance to play the video game with three friends on a stadium screen.

November 8, 2011

Skin care company Murad, whose products are sold at several locations, including Sephora and Ulta, has named Beverly Parsons as COO.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Skin care company Murad, whose products are sold at several locations, including Sephora and Ulta, has named Beverly Parsons as COO.

Parsons will report to general manager Richard Murad. In this role, Parsons will be responsible for procurement (purchasing, packaging engineering and quality control), as well as supply chain planning, distribution center operations and logistics, and information technology functions.

November 8, 2011

Nestlé Healthcare Nutrition on Tuesday launched an enhanced bottle design across its Boost Complete Nutritional Drink line that's grip-friendly, lightweight and that features a no-foil, easy-to-open top.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Nestlé Healthcare Nutrition on Tuesday launched an enhanced bottle design across its Boost Complete Nutritional Drink line that's grip-friendly, lightweight and that features a no-foil, easy-to-open top.

November 8, 2011

In support of its Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes, Playtex Products on Tuesday introduced the "Twice as Handy Cough-and-Cold Season Guide," which features germ-fighting advice from microbiologist Benjamin Tanner, as well as practical tips for moms from parenting guru Stacy DeBroff.

SHELTON, Conn. — In support of its Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes, Playtex Products on Tuesday introduced the "Twice as Handy Cough-and-Cold Season Guide," which features germ-fighting advice from microbiologist Benjamin Tanner, as well as practical tips for moms from parenting guru Stacy DeBroff.

November 7, 2011

Diaper brand Huggies announced it is the founding sponsor of a national nonprofit dedicated to helping raise awareness of diaper need, build capacity of diaper banks and close the diaper gap in America.

DALLAS — Diaper brand Huggies announced it is the founding sponsor of a national nonprofit dedicated to helping raise awareness of diaper need, build capacity of diaper banks and close the diaper gap in America.

November 7, 2011

Fitness expert and personal trainer Jari Love is set to release the latest "Get Ripped!" workout product.

NEW YORK — Fitness expert and personal trainer Jari Love is set to release the latest "Get Ripped!" workout product.

The "Get Extremely Ripped! 1000 Hardcore!" DVD, which emphasizes Love's new hardcore workout, is comprised of 5-minute cardio with 3-minute strength training segments. The entire workout can be done as a full hour or broken up into two 30-minute sessions. The DVD is slated for release in time for the holidays, the company said.

November 7, 2011

Kiss My Face, a maker of natural personal care, has named Steve Michaelson as CEO.

GARDINER, N.Y. — Kiss My Face, a maker of natural personal care, has named Steve Michaelson as CEO.

The industry veteran has held high-level leadership positions at a diverse set of retailers, including chief marketing officer at Supervalu, CEO of Internet retailer Fresh Direct and SVP of Wegmans.

November 7, 2011

Mars Retail Group is introducing M&M's gifts in time for the holidays.

MOUNT ARLINGTON, N.J. — Mars Retail Group is introducing M&M's gifts in time for the holidays.

The lineup for the 2011 holiday season includes such products as:

  • Nine holiday-themed inflatable yard decorations developed by MRG and Gemmy Industries Corp., which carry a suggested retail price range from $29.99 to $79.99;

  • Shakerz, also developed by MRG and Gemmy Industries Corp., are animated M&M's characters that shake and play holiday music carry a suggested retail price of $9.99;