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October 31, 2011

Tropical Foods is touting a new line of enhanced snack mixes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical Foods is touting a new line of enhanced snack mixes.

The company said its ReCharge naturally enhanced snack mixes line — which includes super charged cranberry blend, chia ReCharge Stix Mix and dark chocolate energy boost varieties — feature probiotics, omega-3, pomegranate seed oil and chia seeds, and also contain vitamin B6 and antioxidants. All three products are available in 10-lb. bulk bags and soon will be available in 5-oz. resealable bags, Tropical Foods said.

October 31, 2011

Unilever has inked a definitive agreement to sell one of its divisions for $325 million in cash.

LONDON and ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Unilever has inked a definitive agreement to sell one of its divisions for $325 million in cash.

Unilever said it plans to sell its Culver Specialty Brands division — which houses such brands as Mrs. Dash, Molly McButter, Bakers Joy, Sugar Twin and Static Guard, which are sold in the United States and Canada — to B&G Foods. The division, which garnered $90 million in revenue for Unilever for the 12 months ended in September, became part of the company after Unilever's acquisition of Alberto-Culver.

October 31, 2011

Select Walgreens across the country will offer free blood-glucose testing during National Diabetes Month this November, Walgreens announced Monday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Select Walgreens across the country will offer free blood-glucose testing during National Diabetes Month this November, Walgreens announced Monday.

October 31, 2011

Walgreens on Monday announced it will be a presenting sponsor of the Fifth Annual Latino Fashion Week from Nov. 1 to Nov. 6.

CHICAGO — Walgreens on Monday announced it will be a presenting sponsor of the Fifth Annual Latino Fashion Week from Nov. 1 to Nov. 6 here.

The event, which has become one of the nation's largest showcases for Latino designers and models, is expected to draw attendance of more than 10,000 fashion enthusiasts. The event will benefit Vive En Forma, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating childhood obesity in Hispanic communities.

October 28, 2011

An all-new animated feature film starring the beloved characters of Hundred Acre Wood has arrived on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and digital download.

NEW YORK — An all-new animated feature film starring the beloved characters of Hundred Acre Wood has arrived on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and digital download.

“Winnie the Pooh” brings back to life the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes and characters, including Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore, Walt Disney Studios said. Additionally, the Blu-ray combo pack features exclusive animated shorts, a sing-along viewing option, an informative behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes with director commentary.

October 28, 2011

Shoppers that take advantage of Redbox rentals should expect to see a change in price.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Shoppers that take advantage of Redbox rentals should expect to see a change in price.

Redbox's parent company Coinstar on Thursday said that the daily rate for standard DVD rentals will increase 20 cents to $1.20. Prices for Blu-ray format movie rentals and for video game rentals, however, will not change and continue to be $1.50 and $2, respectively.

October 28, 2011

Heineken USA has appointed a new senior director of regional marketing.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Heineken USA has appointed a new senior director of regional marketing.

In his new role, Darrell Johnson will work with brand marketing, trade marketing activation and the regional marketing directors to develop a strategy and process for local programming that ensures consistent execution against national brand strategy at the local level, the company said.

Johnson will report to Heineken VP trade marketing and sales strategy Kheri Tillman.

October 28, 2011

EO Products, a manufacturer of natural and organic body care, has announced that its entire line of soaps and lotions has received NON-GMO verification from the NON-GMO Project.

CORTE MADERA, Calif. — EO Products, a manufacturer of natural and organic body care, has announced that its entire line of soaps and lotions has received NON-GMO verification from the NON-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project offers third-party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance.

October 28, 2011

Aramis and Designer Fragrances, a division of Estée Lauder, and Tory Burch LLC have inked a multiyear agreement for the exclusive worldwide license of the Tory Burch fragrance business. This partnership marks Tory Burch’s first foray into the beauty industry.

NEW YORK — Aramis and Designer Fragrances, a division of Estée Lauder, and Tory Burch LLC have inked a multiyear agreement for the exclusive worldwide license of the Tory Burch fragrance business. This partnership marks Tory Burch’s first foray into the beauty industry.

October 28, 2011

Eufora has unveiled its new Details Dry Spray Wax, which is designed to add texture to all hair lengths without a sticky, tacky product feel or flaky residue.

SAN DIEGO — Eufora has unveiled its new Details Dry Spray Wax, which is designed to add texture to all hair lengths without a sticky, tacky product feel or flaky residue.

The formula utilizes certified organic aloe vera with other botanical ingredients to create an aerosol spray that adds dimension and volume to any hair type. The product is water soluble so it washes out with one shampoo.

The product launched in October and has a suggested retail price is $21.50.

October 28, 2011

Le-Edge USA has introduced Le Edge for face and body exfoliation.

ENCINITAS, Calif. — Le-Edge USA has introduced Le Edge for face and body exfoliation.

The ergonomically designed, hand-held personal exfoliating tool features a finely sculpted surgical-grade stainless steel "edge" with power grips for fingers.

It is precision-designed to remove with ease dead skin cells, oil, dirt and pollutants from the skin's surface, as well as restore skin texture. No chemicals are needed: just warm water when showering or bathing.

October 28, 2011

Oral care brand Listerine has introduced its new Listerine Total Care Zero.

NEW YORK — Oral care brand Listerine has introduced its new Listerine Total Care Zero.

New Listerine Total Care Zero boasts a less intense flavor and zero-alcohol formula. Product benefits, according to the manufacturer, include:

  • Restoring enamel;
  • Helping to prevent cavities;
  • Strengthening teeth;
  • Killing the germs that cause bad breath;
  • Freshening breath; and
  • Cleaning the whole mouth.
October 28, 2011

Orbit gum has teamed up with a nonprofit breast cancer prevention organization to encourage young women to be proactive about their breast health.

CHICAGO — Orbit gum has teamed up with a nonprofit breast cancer prevention organization to encourage young women to be proactive about their breast health.

As part of the partnership, Orbit and Bright Pink have developed the "Pledge to Protect Your Chest" shareable online commitment tool on Facebook, where users can examine a checklist that features ways to be proactive about breast health.

October 28, 2011

Two volumes of an animated series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers has arrived on Disney DVD.

NEW YORK — Two volumes of an animated series based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers has arrived on Disney DVD.

Walt Disney Studios has launched "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Vo1. 3: Iron Man Unleashed" and "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Vo1. 4: Thor's Last Stand" on DVD. In each episode, the Avengers defend Earth from such threats as dangerous super villains, time-travelling conquerors, alien invaders and mythical beasts.

October 28, 2011

Whole Foods is taking the opportunity to reach out to its Jewish consumers by reminding them that it has a number of kosher-certified items for Hannukah, which begins Dec. 20.

AUSTIN — Whole Foods is taking the opportunity to reach out to its Jewish consumers by reminding them that it has a number of kosher-certified items for Hannukah, which begins Dec. 20.

The retailer is touting its availability of whole organic turkeys, pumpkin puree and roasted chestnuts to latkes, matzo meal and Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins).

Specifically, Whole Foods is offering:

  • Potato pancake, whole wheat matzo meal, latkes, natural cake, stuffing and soup mixes from Streit's, a family-owned purveyor of kosher food since 1925;

October 27, 2011

Abbott has introduced a new line of nutrition shakes and bars for people with diabetes.

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott has introduced a new line of nutrition shakes and bars for people with diabetes.

Glucerna Hunger Smart includes two flavors of nutrition shakes, including homemade vanilla and rich chocolate, in addition to two flavors of nutrition bars, including chocolate peanut butter crisp and chocolate chip crisp.

October 27, 2011

The maker of ZhuZhu Pets has introduced a new line of toys for this holiday season.

ST. LOUIS — The maker of ZhuZhu Pets has introduced a new line of toys for this holiday season.

Cepia said Xia-Xia (pronounced "shah-shah") consists of four colorful, collectible hermit crabs that dance and play. The line also includes playsets and accessories, the company said.

October 26, 2011

Earnings for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose to $154 million, or 71 cents per share, for third quarter 2011, the company announced Wednesday.

HOUSTON — Earnings for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group rose to $154 million, or 71 cents per share, for third quarter 2011, the company announced Wednesday.

This compared with the year-ago period, where third quarter 2010 earnings totaled $144 million, or 60 cents per share.

Year-to-date net sales increased 5% for the company, while income from operations was $753 million, compared with $757 million in the prior-year period. Net income for DPS totaled $440 million, compared with $416 million in the prior-year period.

October 26, 2011

Campbell's new soup puts a spin on a classic favorite.

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell's new soup puts a spin on a classic favorite.

The soup brand said harvest orange tomato soup — developed by Thomas Griffiths, senior executive chef and director of Campbell’s Culinary and Baking Institute — features a blend of herbs and spices, including sage and rosemary and a touch of roasted garlic, which brings out the natural flavors of orange tomatoes. It is one of 35 new products being introduced by the company's U.S. soup and simple meals business.

October 26, 2011

One month after the retail launch of its Dip and Squeeze product, Heinz announced it is set to debut a limited-edition ketchup that is blended with balsamic vinegar.

NEW YORK — One month after the retail launch of its Dip and Squeeze product, Heinz announced it is set to debut a limited-edition ketchup that is blended with balsamic vinegar.

The latest product recently was announced on Heinz's Facebook page, and will be sold via the page starting Nov. 14, before until hitting store shelves in December.

October 26, 2011

Nature’s American Co. has introduced an enhanced granola product.

CHICAGO — Nature’s American Co. has introduced an enhanced granola product.

October 26, 2011

After two years and nearly 40 million total YouTube views, tongue cleaner manufacturer Orabrush is celebrating its roots by releasing a remake of the YouTube video, Bad Breath Test, using some of the company’s youngest fans.

PROVO, Utah — After two years and nearly 40 million total YouTube views, tongue cleaner manufacturer Orabrush is celebrating its roots by releasing a remake of the YouTube video, Bad Breath Test, using some of the company’s youngest fans.

The original video has racked up more than 15 million views, and the remake features 10 stars between the ages of 4 and 9 years old, who are taking up the fight against halitosis.

October 26, 2011

To celebrate and promote the return of its “Have You Tried This Yet?” campaign, Procter & Gamble held an exclusive media event in New York on Tuesday evening spotlighting some of its most innovative products and offering complimentary beauty services and product demos.

NEW YORK — To celebrate and promote the return of its “Have You Tried This Yet?” campaign, Procter & Gamble held an exclusive media event in New York on Tuesday evening spotlighting some of its most innovative products and offering complimentary beauty services and product demos.

October 26, 2011

This fall, Radius, a maker of specialty toothbrushes and complementary products, including toiletries’ travel cases and dental floss, is expanding its product portfolio with the new DOC multi-use suction toothbrush holder, which enables consumers to keep their toothbrush wherever they like, such as a shower wall, on the side of a bathroom mirror or upright next to the sink faucet.

KUTZTOWN, Pa. — This fall, Radius, a maker of specialty toothbrushes and complementary products, including toiletries’ travel cases and dental floss, is expanding its product portfolio with the new DOC multi-use suction toothbrush holder, which enables consumers to keep their toothbrush wherever they like, such as a shower wall, on the side of a bathroom mirror or upright next to the sink faucet.

October 26, 2011

Robitussin has launched a new campaign in line with the start of the cold and flu season called the Simple Acts of Relief program.

MADISON, N.J. — Robitussin has launched a new campaign in line with the start of the cold and flu season called the Simple Acts of Relief program.