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November 4, 2011

Hamacher Resource Group on Friday named George Lisenbe as the marketing and research firm's new director of sales.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group on Friday named George Lisenbe as the marketing and research firm's new director of sales.

November 4, 2011

Jelly Belly recently was thrust into the spotlight as part of a stop-motion music video, which featured more than a quarter of a million of the brand's jelly beans.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly recently was thrust into the spotlight as part of a stop-motion music video, which featured more than a quarter of a million of the brand's jelly beans.

The music video was for singer/songwriter Kina Grannis' new single, “In Your Arms.” The video included 47 different flavors of Jelly Belly beans (288,000 jelly beans in all), which were placed by hand, the company said.

November 4, 2011

Net revenues for Kraft Foods realized an 11.5% boost, the company reported in its third-quarter earnings release.

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Net revenues for Kraft Foods realized an 11.5% boost, the company reported in its third-quarter earnings release.

Third-quarter net revenues totaled $13.2 billion for the period ended Sept. 30. Additionally, diluted earnings per share also saw a strong gain, rising nearly 21% to 52 cents, compared with the year-ago period.

November 4, 2011

Skin care company Murad has announced the launch of its new rapid age spot and pigment lightening serum, an enhanced, next-generation formula of the age spot and pigment lightening gel that targets, treats and prevents unwanted discoloration on the skin.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Skin care company Murad has announced the launch of its new rapid age spot and pigment lightening serum, an enhanced, next-generation formula of the age spot and pigment lightening gel that targets, treats and prevents unwanted discoloration on the skin.

November 4, 2011

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association last week teamed up with the American Medical Association in a joint op-ed published in Roll Call that called for the repeal of the over-the-counter prescription requirement for flexible spending accounts.

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association last week teamed up with the American Medical Association in a joint op-ed published in Roll Call that called for the repeal of the over-the-counter prescription requirement for flexible spending accounts.

November 3, 2011

Case-Mate is touting an "ultra-protective tough case" for the iPhone.

ATLANTA — Case-Mate is touting an "ultra-protective tough case" for the iPhone.

The product, called Tank, is a dual layer case that features a hard, impact-resistant exterior and a shock-absorbing interior. Tank also features a retractable screen that shields a phone from impacts, cracking and condensation.

November 3, 2011

Walt Disney Studios has expanded its lineup of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" videos.

LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Studios has expanded its lineup of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" videos.

Designed for children ages 2 to 5 years, "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure" a 45-minute, space-themed film starring the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gang: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy.

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure" is available on a two-disc combo pack (which includes a DVD and digital copy) for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

November 3, 2011

Procter & Gamble on Thursday announced the creation of a new partnership and joint venture with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to be named PGT Healthcare.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Thursday announced the creation of a new partnership and joint venture with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to be named PGT Healthcare.

“This unique and transformational partnership creates one of the broadest and deepest [over-the-counter] product portfolios and geographic footprints in the industry,” Teva president and CEO Shlomo Yanai said. “Each company’s leading brands will experience tremendous growth by combining our strengths. We will be better together.”

November 2, 2011

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing the sequel of an action/adventure franchise to Blu-ray and DVD this December.

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing the sequel of an action/adventure franchise to Blu-ray and DVD this December.

Starring Dolph Lundgren, "In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds" tells the story of a former Special Forces soldier that is transported back in time to an age of sorcery, dragons and savage hand-to-hand combat. Both the Blu-ray and DVD feature bonus material, including a behind-the-scenes look at the film, commentaries from the director and writer and more.

November 2, 2011

Bebida Beverage on Wednesday announced that its 2-oz. Koma Unwind shots will now be carried at all Pump n Pantry locations in Nebraska.

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Bebida Beverage on Wednesday announced that its 2-oz. Koma Unwind shots will now be carried at all Pump n Pantry locations in Nebraska.

November 2, 2011

Clorox has launched a new online community that invites visitors to share their most "bleachable moments" and receive real-time advice and solutions from Clorox's panel of cleaning and laundry experts.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox has launched a new online community that invites visitors to share their most "bleachable moments" and receive real-time advice and solutions from Clorox's panel of cleaning and laundry experts.

November 2, 2011

Compac Industries has launched an electronic infant formula dispenser.

NEW YORK — Compac Industries has launched an electronic infant formula dispenser.

Bottle Buddy, which counts a preset amount of powdered formula into a baby’s bottle, is an effective way to make sure babies get the proper nutrition from their bottle, according to the company. The Bottle Buddy is 100% BPA-free, features a clear, LCD display for one-touch operation (making it 50% quicker than manually scooping formula) and is compatible with all leading formula brands.

Bottle Buddy carries a suggested retail price of $89.99.

November 2, 2011

Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, on Tuesday announced a distribution agreement for its line of contract-free cellular phones and plans at 826 Walgreens locations throughout Florida.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, on Tuesday announced a distribution agreement for its line of contract-free cellular phones and plans at 826 Walgreens locations throughout Florida.

The line of phones includes a Motorola WX345, which features a digital camera, MP3 player and FM radio for $34.99 and the Doro PhoneEasy 410, which features an easy-to-read color display, large buttons, backlit keypad, vibrating ringer and Bluetooth technology for $59.99.

November 2, 2011

Procter & Gamble on Monday announced that NFL quarterback Drew Brees will be the first-ever "VapoDad" representing Vicks VapoRub.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Monday announced that NFL quarterback Drew Brees will be the first-ever "VapoDad" representing Vicks VapoRub.

Appearing alongside his son Baylen, Brees will be seen in television and print advertisements for VapoRub this upcoming cold and flu season.

Historically, VapoRub has only featured women as the primary caregiver in its advertisements. With fathers becoming increasingly involved in the upbringing of their children, Vicks felt it was important to feature its first "VapoDad."

November 2, 2011

Marley Coffee has launched 8-oz. bags of its gourmet ground coffee that will hit retail this season.

LOS ANGELES — Marley Coffee has launched 8-oz. bags of its gourmet ground coffee that will hit retail this season.

The lineup of Marley Coffee includes Mystic Morning, Lively Up espresso blend, One Love single origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Simmer Down (organic Swiss Water decaf), Buffalo Soldier and the Get Up Stand Up breakfast blend.

The Marley Coffee line will be certified organic and retail for $9.99 per 8-oz. bag.

November 2, 2011

Procter & Gamble announced that the completion of its deal to sell the Pringles brand to Diamond Foods has been pushed back to June 2012.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced that the completion of its deal to sell the Pringles brand to Diamond Foods has been pushed back to June 2012.

The transaction, which initially was expected to close this December, was delayed "to allow Diamond Foods to complete an accounting investigation." P&G said it remains committed to the transaction and noted that the timing of the deal would not affect P&G's planned restructuring.

The deal, announced in April, is valued at $2.35 billion.

November 2, 2011

It's official. Pfizer will be exploring a potential switch of its blockbuster lipid-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium).

NEW YORK — It's official. Pfizer will be exploring a potential switch of its blockbuster lipid-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium).

November 2, 2011

There has been a sharp increase in sales of pseudoephedrine products just outside St. Charles County, Mo., which implemented a prescription requirement on the sale of PSE beginning Aug. 30, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Monday.

ST. LOUIS — There has been a sharp increase in sales of pseudoephedrine products just outside St. Charles County, Mo., which implemented a prescription requirement on the sale of PSE beginning Aug. 30, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Monday that cited data from Det. Sgt. Jason Grellner, past president of the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association.

According to that data, sales of PSE products were up 81% in September versus August in Bridgeton, Mo., and increases in Maryland Heights and Chesterfield were 59% and 51%, respectively.

November 2, 2011

Abbott last week officially announced the launch of Glucerna Hunger Smart nutrition shakes, pictured here at a central Pennsylvania Wegmans, that specifically targets patients living with diabetes.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Abbott last week officially announced the launch of Glucerna Hunger Smart nutrition shakes, pictured here at a central Pennsylvania Wegmans, that specifically targets patients living with diabetes. It's a testament to the opportunity in serving up products that will appeal to as many as one-third of the population, which happens to be the number of Americans who will be diagnosed with diabetes if current trends continue.

 

November 2, 2011

Starbucks has launched its K-Cup portion packs at major food, drug, mass, club, specialty and department store retailers nationwide.

SEATTLE — Starbucks has launched its K-Cup portion packs at major food, drug, mass, club, specialty and department store retailers nationwide.

Starbucks coffee K-Cup portion packs are available in Starbucks' most popular coffee varieties, including: Breakfast Blend, Pike Place roast, house blend, Sumatra and French roast. In addition, two selections of Tazo tea also are be available, including Tazo tea Awake and Tazo tea Zen.

November 2, 2011

Wellpartner, a provider of pharmacy distribution services, on Monday announced that the company will fulfill over-the-counter prescription orders placed by FSAStore.com customers.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Wellpartner, a provider of pharmacy distribution services, on Monday announced that the company will fulfill over-the-counter prescription orders placed by FSAStore.com customers.

November 2, 2011

Yankee Candle has introduced a limited-edition collection that includes six new fragrances.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle has introduced a limited-edition collection that includes six new fragrances.

Inspired by the song “My Favorite Things,” the new collection includes Rain Drops On Roses, Bright Copper Kettles, Warm Woolen Mittens, Crisp Apple Strudel, Moon On Their Wings and Blue Satin Sashes.

The My Favorite Things line is available in large classic jar candles, small tumbler candles and a storybook-like box that includes 12 samplers votive candles, two of each fragrance. The new collection is available at retailers nationwide.

November 1, 2011

Armour is offering pepperoni fans a product that contains lower sodium.

LISLE, Ill. — Armour is offering pepperoni fans a product that contains lower sodium.

Armour said it has launched its lower-sodium pepperoni as "an alternative for people with healthier lifestyles while giving them the great taste of pepperoni they love."

Armour lower-sodium pepperoni is available in 5-oz. resealable packages at such retailers as Walmart and Meijer.

November 1, 2011

Health Mart on Tuesday officially unveiled its Health Mart brand, a new line of private-label, over-the-counter products that will help place the Health Mart banner in America's medicine cabinets.

SAN FRANCISCO — Health Mart on Tuesday officially unveiled its Health Mart brand, a new line of private-label, over-the-counter products that will help place the Health Mart banner in America's medicine cabinets.

The Health Mart private label will launch with diabetes products to coincide with National Diabetes Month.

November 1, 2011

Hope Paige Medical has introduced a new line of short message, service-enabled medical jewelry that is designed to quickly provide patients' medical information via text message.

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Hope Paige Medical has introduced a new line of short message, service-enabled medical jewelry that is designed to quickly provide patients' medical information via text message.