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October 17, 2011

Yankee Candle is encouraging consumers to embrace the winter months with its latest holiday candles.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle is encouraging consumers to embrace the winter months with its latest holiday candles.

New to the Yankee Candle lineup are Cherries on Snow, Mountain Berry and Christmas Rose scents, which complement the brand's current line of holiday fragrances. All three candles are available in a large classic jar for a suggested retail price of $25.99.

October 14, 2011

Baskin-Robbins on Friday announced the launch of Cake Bites, a new bite-sized line of mini desserts that combine ice cream and cake in a single serving.

CANTON, Mass. — Baskin-Robbins on Friday announced the launch of Cake Bites, a new bite-sized line of mini desserts that combine ice cream and cake in a single serving. 

Cake Bites are available at Baskin-Robbins throughout the country for $2.99 individually or $9.99 for a mix-n-match 4-pack, in four flavors, including:

October 14, 2011

The Consumer Goods Technology Group has awarded beauty company Coty Inc. with its Outstanding Achievement Award for Most Innovative Company for 2011.

NEW YORK — The Consumer Goods Technology Group has awarded beauty company Coty Inc. with its Outstanding Achievement Award for Most Innovative Company for 2011.

October 14, 2011

Mission Athletecare, a line of skin care products geared toward athletes, has announced a new partnership with all-star Carmelo Anthony and unveiled the launch of the new Power Grip, Anthony's signature product that aims to give athletes a competitive edge.

NEW YORK — Mission Athletecare, a line of skin care products geared toward athletes, has announced a new partnership with all-star Carmelo Anthony and unveiled the launch of the new Power Grip, Anthony's signature product that aims to give athletes a competitive edge.

October 14, 2011

NBA star Carmelo Anthony, now the new corporate spokesman for ethnic hair care company Johnson Products Co., made a rare personal appearance on behalf of JPC’s new men’s grooming line, Ultra Sheen Men, at a Walmart supercenter in Union City, Ga., on Sept. 17.

UNION CITY, Ga. — NBA star Carmelo Anthony, now the new corporate spokesman for ethnic hair care company Johnson Products Co., made a rare personal appearance on behalf of JPC’s new men’s grooming line, Ultra Sheen Men, at a Walmart supercenter in Union City, Ga., on Sept. 17.

During the debut of CarmeloLIVE, customers were able to meet Anthony in person and had the opportunity to win prizes and receive free haircuts at the Ultra Sheen Men Grooming Lounge.

October 14, 2011

ECRM recently was recognized for its involvement with the nonprofit organization Operation Shoebox, a charity that delivers personal care items, food and stationery to soldiers stationed all around the world.

CLEVELAND — ECRM recently was recognized for its involvement with the nonprofit organization Operation Shoebox, a charity that delivers personal care items, food and stationery to soldiers stationed all around the world.

October 14, 2011

Procter & Gamble Professional, the away-from-home division of P&G, on Thursday announced a partnership with Firehouse Subs in support of national Fire Safety month.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Professional, the away-from-home division of P&G, on Thursday announced a partnership with Firehouse Subs in support of national Fire Safety month.

October 14, 2011

Scotch-Brite, a 3M brand, has introduced new botanical disinfecting wipes, a no-rinse household cleaning solution.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Scotch-Brite, a 3M brand, has introduced new botanical disinfecting wipes, a no-rinse household cleaning solution. The brand is encouraging families to try the wipes to disinfect their kitchen counters and prepare homemade pizzas right on the countertops in celebration of National Pizza Month.

October 14, 2011

Unilever has agreed to acquire Russian beauty company Concern Kalina, which significantly will strengthen its foothold in skin care and hair care in Russia.

LONDON — Unilever has agreed to acquire Russian beauty company Concern Kalina, which significantly will strengthen its foothold in skin care and hair care in Russia.

Unilever initially is acquiring 82% of Concern Kalina for approximately €390 million ($537 million). The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

October 13, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reported that the use of condoms is up in teen males.

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reported that the use of condoms is up in teen males.

October 13, 2011

Energizer has teamed up with nonprofit organization One Million Lights on the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World event to help shed light on the worldwide need for safe and reliable lighting.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Energizer has teamed up with nonprofit organization One Million Lights on the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World event to help shed light on the worldwide need for safe and reliable lighting.

October 13, 2011

Eastman Kodak Co. announced that its Kodak Picture Kiosk software will now allow consumers to use images from Facebook to create photo products.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak Co. announced that its Kodak Picture Kiosk software will now allow consumers to use images from Facebook to create photo products.

The enhanced Facebook application is the flagship feature of the new Kodak Picture Kiosk software version 5.0 currently being rolled out to retailers worldwide, the company said.

October 13, 2011

Gluten-free baking company Pamela's Products announced the launch of a new line of snack bars.

UKIAH, Calif. — Gluten-free baking company Pamela's Products announced the launch of a new line of snack bars.

Whenever Bars are soft and chewy, gluten-free, whole-grain bars that are delicious, healthy and convenient, the company stated. Available in four flavors — oat blueberry lemon, oat cranberry almond, oat chocolate chip coconut and oat raisin walnut spice — the line will be available nationwide for an SRP of $4.99 per box, five bars per box, and also is available on Amazon.com.

October 13, 2011

New research published in the October 2011 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch suggested aspirin may play a role in fighting cancer, the publication announced Wednesday.

BOSTON — New research published in the October 2011 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch suggested aspirin may play a role in fighting cancer, the publication announced Wednesday.

October 13, 2011

Online marketing campaigns contributed to an in-store sales lift of 21%, according to an analysis of multiple consumer packaged goods online ad campaigns that was released Tuesday by ComScore and DunnhumbyUSA.

RESTON, Va. — Online marketing campaigns contributed to an in-store sales lift of 21%, according to an analysis of multiple consumer packaged goods online ad campaigns that was released Tuesday by ComScore and DunnhumbyUSA.

According to the report, 5-of-every-6 online campaigns generated a positive sales lift among exposed households. Approximately 70% of campaigns generated a double-digit sales lift, and more than 40% generated lifts of at least 30%.

October 12, 2011

Dr Pepper has announced the launch of Dr Pepper TEN, a new line that delivers the taste of regular Dr Pepper but with just 10 calories. The catch is, it's for men only.

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper has announced the launch of Dr Pepper TEN, a new line that delivers the taste of regular Dr Pepper but with just 10 calories. The catch is, it's for men only.

Designed specifically to target men who want a lower-calorie option without the "diet" stigma, Dr Pepper TEN will feature distinctly masculine packaging and will be supported by a man-centric ad campaign and Facebook page, according to the company.

October 12, 2011

Procter & Gamble’s Head & Shoulders has announced that, for the 2011 NFL season, Troy Polamalu and his iconic hair will be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds, which displays waxworks of notable figures.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Head & Shoulders has announced that, for the 2011 NFL season, Troy Polamalu and his iconic hair will be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds, which displays waxworks of notable figures.

Polamalu, who has been growing his hair for nearly a decade to honor his Samoan roots, is marking his third year as a spokesman for Head & Shoulders.

October 12, 2011

Joint Juice on Wednesday announced its acquisition of the Premier Nutrition Brand.

SAN FRANCISCO — Joint Juice on Wednesday announced its acquisition of the Premier Nutrition Brand. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

October 12, 2011

A National Institutes of Health study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association established a link between vitamin E supplementation and prostate cancer.

BETHESDA, Md. — A National Institutes of Health study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association established a link between vitamin E supplementation and prostate cancer. Men who took 400 international units of vitamin E daily had more prostate cancers compared with men who took a placebo, according to an updated review of data from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial, the NIH stated.

October 11, 2011

Bazi International on Tuesday launched its energy shot Bazi, which contains a blend of eight superfruits.

DENVER — Bazi International on Tuesday launched its energy shot Bazi, which contains a blend of eight superfruits.  

According to the company, only 3-out-of-10 consumers have tried energy shots or drinks. Some of the key barriers of entry include health and safety concerns and an underlying belief that the shots are not good for you.

October 11, 2011

Carex Health Brands on Monday introduced its new Hot & Cold Compression 2-in-1 Universal Wrap.

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands on Monday introduced its new Hot & Cold Compression 2-in-1 Universal Wrap.

Featuring doctor-recommended moist heat to increase blood flow, reduce pain and relax muscles, the flexible compression wrap offers the benefit of compression with the added support of hot and cold therapy. Compression therapy supports tired or injured muscles and increases circulation in the affected area, while moist heat dilates blood vessels bringing fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the muscle enabling it to heal faster. 

October 11, 2011

The problem with shoplifting these days isn’t Little Johnny pocketing a pack of bubblegum, Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection adviser for the National Retail Federation, recently told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” during a broadcast interview.

The problem with shoplifting these days isn’t Little Johnny pocketing a pack of bubblegum, Joe LaRocca, senior asset protection adviser for the National Retail Federation, recently told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” during a broadcast interview. No, it’s a lot of Little Johnnies who are systematically swiping the entire gum display that’s becoming the problem. 


October 11, 2011

The Council for Responsible Nutrition issued sharp criticism in response to the published study, "Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women," published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Tuesday issued sharp criticism in response to the study, "Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women," published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association.

The study listed a broad range of supplements — multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, among others — that appear to be associated with an increased risk of death in older women. The article is part of the journal’s "Less Is More" series.

October 11, 2011

With all the focus on food and wellness at the pharmacy, this Graduates Yogurt Melts at a Rite Aid in Camp Hill, Pa., ought to appeal to that nutrition-conscious mom.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — With all the focus on food and wellness at the pharmacy, this Graduates Yogurt Melts at a Rite Aid in Camp Hill, Pa., ought to appeal to that nutrition-conscious mom. In fact, this Gerber product was awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval for excellence in family products not too long ago.

October 11, 2011

Private-label penetration at CVS/pharmacy locations is expected to grow to more than 20% in the next two to three years, and to help drive that growth, the retailer has developed its new Just the Basics line of store-brand products.


Private-label penetration at CVS/pharmacy locations is expected to grow to more than 20% in the next two to three years, and to help drive that growth, the retailer has developed its new Just the Basics line of store-brand products.


Officially launched in February 2011, the brand represents a functional, value-
priced, smart-simplicity positioning. It is comprised of nearly 100 items, and there are plans to expand the line going forward.