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October 21, 2011

ConAgra Foods brand Ro*Tel has introduced a new canned tomato sauce.

OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra Foods brand Ro*Tel has introduced a new canned tomato sauce.

Ro*Tel said its zesty tomato and green chili sauce adds spicy flavor to any meal, especially Tex/Mex recipes. The sauce is available in original and mild varieties.

Ro*Tel's zesty tomato and green chili sauce is available in an 8-oz. can for a suggested retail price of 69 cents and will be sold at select grocery chains and mass retailers nationwide.

October 21, 2011

SoloHealth on Friday announced a nationwide rollout in 2012 of its next-generation health-and-wellness kiosks, the SoloHealth Station, with the goal of replacing many of the 25,000 outdated blood-pressure machines found today in retail locations nationwide.

ATLANTA — SoloHealth on Friday announced a nationwide rollout in 2012 of its next-generation health-and-wellness kiosks, the SoloHealth Station, with the goal of replacing many of the 25,000 outdated blood-pressure machines found today in retail locations nationwide.

October 21, 2011

More than 1-in-4 kindergarten children, and 1-in-5 teachers, had difficulty distinguishing between medicine and candy in new research conducted by two now seventh-grade students, who presented their findings earlier this week at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition here.

BOSTON — More than 1-in-4 kindergarten children, and 1-in-5 teachers, had difficulty distinguishing between medicine and candy in new research conducted by two now seventh-grade students, who presented their findings earlier this week at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition here.

Casey Gittelman and Eleanor Bishop conducted their study, "Candy or Medicine: Can Children Tell the Difference?" earlier this year at Ayer Elementary School in suburban Cincinnati.

October 21, 2011

Walgreens announced a series of changes in its merchandising division following a realignment of the group, aimed at “better integrat[ing] with and accelerat[ing] our strategy to become America’s first choice for health and daily living,” Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca said late Friday in a statement to Drug Store News.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens announced a series of changes in its merchandising division following a realignment of the group, aimed at “better integrat[ing] with and accelerat[ing] our strategy to become America’s first choice for health and daily living,” Walgreens president of daily living products and solutions Joe Magnacca said late Friday in a statement to Drug Store News.

As a result, Walgreens’ three general merchandise managers and areas of responsibility are:

October 20, 2011

Campbell Soup Co. has boosted its lineup of Healthy Request soups to include eight new varieties.

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. has boosted its lineup of Healthy Request soups to include eight new varieties.

The following flavors join the existing offerings:

  • Two Campbell’s condensed Healthy Request varieties: bean with bacon soup and cheddar cheese soup;

  • Two Campbell’s Select Harvest Healthy Request varieties: harvest tomato with basil soup and whole grain pasta fagioli soup; and

October 20, 2011

Intevation Food Group has introduced a line of frozen crouton-coated vegetables.

PLOVER, Wis. — Intevation Food Group has introduced a line of frozen crouton-coated vegetables.

Crunchtables includes sweet baby carrots, broccoli, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms and pickles, the company said.

"As Americans try to manage snacking and move toward improved nutritional choices, we must remember that food must deliver on taste — first and foremost," Intevation VP sales and marketing Dan Horan said. "We think of Crunchtables as a 'stealth health' product because it delivers great taste and better nutrition."

October 20, 2011

The FRS Co. on Thursday named Matt Kohler chief marketing officer.

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — The FRS Co. on Thursday named Matt Kohler chief marketing officer.  

"Matt has a deep understanding of consumers and the CPG industry and an impressive track record for creating and executing world class marketing," stated Carl Sweat, president and CEO of the FRS Co. "We are thrilled to have Matt on board. His experience with both billion dollar brands and high-growth startup companies will enhance the strength of our marketing and leadership teams."

October 20, 2011

A report released by the Institute of Medicine suggested that front-of-package labels don't give clear guidance about a product's healthfulness.

WASHINGTON — A report released by the Institute of Medicine suggested that front-of-package labels don't give clear guidance about a product's healthfulness.

October 20, 2011

Hamacher Resource Group identified six categories — first aid, eye/ear care, sun care, smoking cessation, durable medical equipment (including incontinence products) and foot care — that are selling better in independent pharmacies over chain pharmacies as part of a white paper released Thursday.

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group identified six categories — first aid, eye/ear care, sun care, smoking cessation, durable medical equipment (including incontinence products) and foot care — that are selling better in independent pharmacies over chain pharmacies as part of a white paper released Thursday.

October 20, 2011

Insight Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling one lot of a nasal decongestant due to the possibility of bacterial contamination, the company said.

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Insight Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling one lot of a nasal decongestant due to the possibility of bacterial contamination, the company said.

Insight said it would recall lot number 11G075, UPC code 6373673005, of Nostrilla nasal spray to the consumer level because of possible contamination with Burkholderia cepacia bacteria. The lot, which contains 34,092 bottles, was distributed nationwide to retail outlets.

October 20, 2011

Kashi is boosting its presence in the frozen food aisle with two all-natural frozen entrées.

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi is boosting its presence in the frozen food aisle with two all-natural frozen entrées.

October 20, 2011

On average, 20,000 children under the age of 5 years are hospitalized due to flu symptoms each year, the Loyola University Health System announced Thursday in a press release encouraging parents to have their children inoculated.

MAYWOOD, Ill. — On average, 20,000 children under the age of 5 years are hospitalized due to flu symptoms each year, the Loyola University Health System announced Thursday in a press release encouraging parents to have their children inoculated.

October 20, 2011

PepsiCo has unveiled two digital platforms that focus on the company's partnership with Fox's reality competition show, "The X Factor."

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo has unveiled two digital platforms that focus on the company's partnership with Fox's reality competition show, "The X Factor."

Pepsi Pulse is shaped to be a real-time digital visualization of the conversations taking place on the social media surrounding such Pepsi partnerships as "The X Factor." The platform provides a visual storyline and gives consumers a forum to follow the "pulse" of a certain topic or individual in real-time, the company said.

October 20, 2011

Reckitt Benckiser has launched a collection of online mini games to boost brand awareness.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser has launched a collection of online mini games to boost brand awareness.

October 20, 2011

A Carolina Beverage Corp. brand is looking to make a nationwide push, according to published reports.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Carolina Beverage Corp. brand is looking to make a nationwide push, according to published reports.

Cheerwine, a soft drink that features a wild cherry flavor, will be distributed in the Atlanta, Memphis and Florida markets by PepsiCo, according to the Charlotte Observer.

"We feel it's an ideal time to expand, and we're fortunate to be doing it with a world-class partner," Cheerwine CEO Cliff Ritchie was quoted as saying.

October 20, 2011

Green laundry brand Seventh Generation has launched a contest whereby entrants can win a trip for two to France, Italy or Vermont.

NEW YORK — Green laundry brand Seventh Generation has launched a contest whereby entrants can win a trip for two to France, Italy or Vermont.

The Nature Makes Perfect Scents sweepstakes underscores the source of the scents featured in Seventh Generation's cleaning products, particularly, its Natural Dish Liquid products:

  • Seventh Generation uses French lavender used in its lavender and floral mint scent dish product;

October 20, 2011

As many as 71% of consumers earning less than $100,000 per year are planning to trim back their spending this holiday season, according to new research, “Holiday Shopping 2011,” released Tuesday by SymphonyIRI Group.

CHICAGO — As many as 71% of consumers earning less than $100,000 per year are planning to trim back their spending this holiday season, according to new research, “Holiday Shopping 2011,” released Tuesday by SymphonyIRI Group.

October 20, 2011

Mobile retail websites have emerged as an indispensible in-store tool for consumers as they shop, according to a new survey conducted by Hipcricket, an Augme Technologies company, that was released Thursday.

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Mobile retail websites have emerged as an indispensible in-store tool for consumers as they shop, according to a new survey conducted by Hipcricket, an Augme Technologies company, that was released Thursday.

October 19, 2011

Abbott on Wednesday morning announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies, one in diversified medical products and the other in research-based pharmaceuticals.

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott on Wednesday morning announced plans to separate into two publicly traded companies, one in diversified medical products and the other in research-based pharmaceuticals.

"Today's news is a significant event for Abbott, and reflects another dynamic change in our company's 123-year history, strengthening our outlook for strong and sustainable growth and shareholder returns," Abbott chairman and CEO Miles White said.

October 19, 2011

Concepts in Health on Wednesday reported it successfully has defended its MidNite Sleep Remedy patent from possible infringement by Contract Pharmacal, which had been manufacturing a store-brand version.

BLAUVELT, N.Y. — Concepts in Health on Wednesday reported it successfully has defended its MidNite Sleep Remedy patent from possible infringement by Contract Pharmacal, which had been manufacturing a store-brand version.

According to Concepts, Contract Pharmacal agreed to discontinue manufacturing and selling CVS Natural Sleep Aid or any substantially similar product. Additionally, CPC will not challenge the validity or enforceability of the MidNite patent (U.S. Patent 6,703,412).

October 19, 2011

Just a few weeks after launching its all-natural Bavarian low-fat yogurt in the United States, Ehrmann announced that its distribution has tripled.

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Just a few weeks after launching its all-natural Bavarian low-fat yogurt in the United States, Ehrmann announced that its distribution has tripled.

The company said its yogurt now is available in more than 500 stores throughout New England and upstate New York, including Shaw's, Price Chopper and Tops.

October 19, 2011

Emerson Group on Wednesday named Shane Brown to the group's Walmart team.

WAYNE, Pa. — Emerson Group on Wednesday named Shane Brown to the group's Walmart team.

Brown comes to Emerson from Bayer HealthCare where he held a variety of roles in sales and category management for Bayer’s over-the-counter businesses working with the Walmart account. His primary responsibility was working as category captain to Walmart on the cough, cold and allergy category. Brown utilized his knowledge of the cough, cold and allergy category in working with Bayer internal brand teams to develop and launch new items, as well as setting brand strategies.

October 19, 2011

A cat food brand has partnered with a company that develops music specifically for pets.

ST. LOUIS — A cat food brand has partnered with a company that develops music specifically for pets.

October 19, 2011

Glad wants consumers to waste less by making its tall kitchen trash bags more green.

NEW YORK — Glad wants consumers to waste less by making its tall kitchen trash bags more green.

Glad said that its tall kitchen bags are stronger and use less plastic, and will carry the claims on its packaging. The brand's Glad tall kitchen bags and Glad OdorShield Fresh Scents tall kitchen drawstring bags utilize 6.5% less plastic, the company said. What's more, Glad also touts a 65% recycled kitchen bag, made from 65% recycled plastic, as well as compostable bags that are made with approximately 40% vegetable-based materials so they disintegrate at compost facilities.

October 19, 2011

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has named Robert Burns as VP health and nutrition policy.

WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has named Robert Burns as VP health and nutrition policy.

Burns most recently was owner of Nutrition Implications, a consulting firm focused on helping companies develop strategic approaches to nutrition and health, including engagement with external stakeholders and development of research and communications initiatives.