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October 11, 2011

CVS Caremark may be highly focused on driving medication adherence, curbing rising healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients, but there’s no doubt that its retail segment remains a critical part of its business, as evidenced by the innovative initiatives playing out at the front end.


CVS Caremark may be highly focused on driving medication adherence, curbing rising healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients, but there’s no doubt that its retail segment remains a critical part of its business, as evidenced by the innovative initiatives playing out at the front end.


October 11, 2011

The typical flu season always coincides with the busiest travel period of the year, and last season that spelled trouble for more than 3 million U.S. vacationers whose trips were interrupted by flu-related illness, according to the Walgreens Flu Impact Report released Tuesday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The typical flu season always coincides with the busiest travel period of the year, and last season that spelled trouble for more than 3 million U.S. vacationers whose trips were interrupted by flu-related illness, according to the "Walgreens Flu Impact Report" released Tuesday.

The findings in part two of the survey examining the effects of influenza on people's everyday lives, released today, showed how the flu affected Americans' vacations, holidays, social engagements, sporting events and more.

October 10, 2011

L’Oréal chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Agon has been honored by AJC, a global Jewish advocacy organization, with its International Human Relations Award in recognition of Agon's "global leadership, vision and corporate citizenship."

NEW YORK — L’Oréal chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Agon has been honored by AJC, a global Jewish advocacy organization, with its International Human Relations Award in recognition of Agon's "global leadership, vision and corporate citizenship."

October 10, 2011

Catalina Marketing announced on Monday that its board of directors has tapped Jamie Egasti, former CEO of the Folgers Coffee Co. and president of Procter & Gamble’s global snacks and coffee, to serve as CEO and member of the board.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Catalina Marketing announced on Monday that its board of directors has tapped Jamie Egasti, former CEO of the Folgers Coffee Co. and president of Procter & Gamble’s global snacks and coffee, to serve as CEO and member of the board.

Egasti succeeds Catalina co-founder George Off, who has served as interim CEO and a member of the board since May 2011.


October 10, 2011

Reckitt Benckiser’s Clearasil skin care brand has launched a Facebook search for consumer brand ambassadors.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser’s Clearasil skin care brand has launched a Facebook search for consumer brand ambassadors.

October 10, 2011

Derma e Natural Bodycare has hired Kathleen Dills as Canadian regional sales manager.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Derma e Natural Bodycare has hired Kathleen Dills as Canadian regional sales manager.

With Canada as the second-largest market for derma e products, the new role was created to help support and grow the company's North American business, the company stated.

Dills comes to derma e with 17 years of experience in the natural products industry. Previously, Dills worked as the director of vendor relations and marketing for Purity Life Health Products, Canada’s largest natural health products supplier.

October 10, 2011

Supermarket chain Stop & Shop will work with Foodshare to sponsor events at its stores in Hartford, Conn., to help qualifying residents access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit.

NEW YORK — Supermarket chain Stop & Shop will work with Foodshare to sponsor events at its stores in Hartford, Conn., to help qualifying residents access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit.

About 70% of Connecticut residents who qualify for SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program, actually receive the benefit, Stop & Shop said. This is because of such issues as language barriers, lack of transportation or lack of knowledge of the program.

October 7, 2011

Unilever’s Gina Boswell, who was recently appointed EVP personal care for North America, has been selected as a 2011 Achiever of the Year, one of the highest awards bestowed in the beauty industry, by nonprofit Cosmetic Executive Women.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Gina Boswell, who was recently appointed EVP personal care for North America, has been selected as a 2011 Achiever of the Year, one of the highest awards bestowed in the beauty industry, by nonprofit Cosmetic Executive Women.

This year’s honorees will be feted Oct. 14 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

October 7, 2011

Clorox announced that EVP and CFO Dan Heinrich, who has served as financial chief of the company since 2003, will retire Nov. 16.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox announced that EVP and CFO Dan Heinrich, who has served as financial chief of the company since 2003, will retire Nov. 16.

In addition to his current role leading all aspects of the finance, business development and investor relations functions and corporate administrative services, during his career with Clorox, Heinrich also oversaw the corporate communications, risk management and IT functions. Heinrich, who joined the company in 2001 and controller, also is a member of the company's executive committee.

October 7, 2011

Diamond Crystal Brands said its Hormel Health Labs brand is introducing its line of healthcare food products to select Walgreens stores.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Diamond Crystal Brands said its Hormel Health Labs brand is introducing its line of healthcare food products to select Walgreens stores.

Hormel Health Labs products cater to customers that deal with such health conditions as dysphagia (for swallowing difficulty), malnutrition, digestion, muscle maintenance and poor appetite. In line with this, Hormel Health Labs also is introducing such items as Hormel Thick and Easy puree meals for dysphagia, which are shelf-stable meals that microwave in 60 seconds.

October 7, 2011

Jones Soda has launched its pure cane soda in 16-oz. cans.

SEATTLE — Jones Soda has launched its pure cane soda in 16-oz. cans.

The new product is specifically aimed at the convenience store channel, the company said. The product was unveiled at the National Association of Convenience Stores Show and will hit store shelves later this month.

Jones pure cane soda cans retail for $1.29.

October 7, 2011

Kelapo has expanded its lineup of extra-virgin coconut oil products.

TAMPA, Fla. — Kelapo has expanded its lineup of extra-virgin coconut oil products.

New Kelapo pre-measured extra virgin coconut oil baking sticks can be found in the dairy aisle and are packaged to include two 4-oz. sticks. Each 4-oz. stick measures 1/2 cup, or 8 tablespoons — the same amount as a regular stick of butter.

October 7, 2011

Organix-South earlier this week launched TheraVeda Immune Support, an herbal blend of turmeric, neem and ginger, plus ashwagandha, guduchi and holy basil to support overall strength and stamina.

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. — Organix-South earlier this week launched TheraVeda Immune Support, an herbal blend of turmeric, neem and ginger, plus ashwagandha, guduchi and holy basil to support overall strength and stamina.

The TheraVeda line, which includes seven condition-specific formulas, was developed by Organix-South in partnership with Shrikrishna Phadke, Ayurvedic practitioner and teaching physician.

October 7, 2011

Reckitt Benckiser has achieved 75% of its target goal for the company's Carbon 20 program, RB said in its sustainability report.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Reckitt Benckiser has achieved 75% of its target goal for the company's Carbon 20 program, RB said in its sustainability report.

The Carbon 20 program, which was launched in 2007, is an initiative set by RB to reduce its own carbon footprint by 20% by 2020.

Additionally, RB also said in the report that all of its household products now tout 100% non-PVC packaging. This includes such brands as Finish, Vanish, Lysol, Harpic and Air Wick.

October 7, 2011

Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have shown that people with good vitamin D status have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study released Sept. 30.

NEUHERBERG, Germany — Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have shown that people with good vitamin D status have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study released Sept. 30.

October 7, 2011

Summer Infant announced that it has become a national partner of the March of Dimes.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Summer Infant announced that it has become a national partner of the March of Dimes.

The partnership will be showcased on the packaging of Summer Infant's SwaddleMe products and marketing outreach platforms, Summer Infant said. Additionally, the company also will be advocate safe sleep practices that support the removal of any loose or dangerous bedding from the crib.

October 7, 2011

CVS Caremark may be highly focused on driving medication adherence, curbing rising healthcare costs and improving the health outcomes of its patients, but there’s no doubt that its retail segment remains a critical part of its business, as evidenced by the innovative initiatives playing out at the front end.


October 7, 2011

Venture Products earlier this week announced a new line of yoga and fitness accessories under its Shock Athletic brand name. These products complement Venture’s existing lineup of yoga mats.

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Venture Products earlier this week announced a new line of yoga and fitness accessories under its Shock Athletic brand name. These products complement Venture’s existing lineup of yoga mats.

Available in various fashionable colors, the new fitness accessories lineup — being launched at select Sears and Kmart locations nationwide — includes yoga blocks, straps, mat carriers, nonslip socks, towel mats, stability balls, exercise bands and toning tubes.

October 7, 2011

Weight Watchers has expanded its line of Smart Ones mealtime offerings with new meals in a bag.

PITTSBURGH — Weight Watchers has expanded its line of Smart Ones mealtime offerings with new meals in a bag.

The new Satisfying Selections line offers 30% bigger portions than traditional tray meals, but tout less than 400 calories. The line includes such Weight Watchers Smart Ones dinnertime dishes as:

  • Sesame chicken;

  • Chicken and broccoli alfredo;

  • Ziti with meatballs and cheese;

  • Chicken with broccoli and cheese; and

October 6, 2011

Energizer has introduced new ways to light up one's home.

ST. LOUIS — Energizer has introduced new ways to light up one's home.

The company said its Energizer Glas flameless candles offer a warm glow and natural flicker, combining a candle and holder into one decorative light, the company said. The classically-designed lights feature a clear, acrylic round shade and a black matte base, as well as a four-hour automatic timer.

October 6, 2011

Target is the latest in a line of retailers to put out a list of what it thinks will be the top toys of the holiday season.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is the latest in a line of retailers to put out a list of what it thinks will be the top toys of the holiday season. Many of Target's hottest toys, including FIJIT friends and the LeapFrog branded LeapPad, are also on toy lists for Toys"R"Us, Kmart and Walmart.

October 6, 2011

Kimberly-Clark Professional on Thursday announced the introduction of The Healthy Workplace Project desk caddy.

ROSWELL, Ga. — Kimberly-Clark Professional on Thursday announced the introduction of The Healthy Workplace Project desk caddy.

October 6, 2011

P.F. Chang's has introduced four new frozen noodle entrees under its Home Menu line.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — P.F. Chang's has introduced four new frozen noodle entrees under its Home Menu line.

The line, which is produced and distributed by Unilever, feature Asian vegetables, protein and "noodle nests" that unravel in the skillet midway through cooking as the noodles get coated in a flavor-packed sauce, the company said.

The two-serving P.F. Chang's Home Menu noodle meals are available in following varieties:

October 6, 2011

Pillsbury has introduced two frozen breakfast dishes.

MINNEAPOLIS — Pillsbury has introduced two frozen breakfast dishes.

Pillsbury egg scrambles and Grands! biscuit sandwiches are made with real eggs, meat, melted cheese, Grands! biscuits and Green Giant vegetables. Pillsbury said that each product comes in three flavors, including: sausage and cheese biscuit sandwiches; bacon and cheese biscuit sandwiches; ham and veggies biscuit sandwiches; bacon and veggies egg scrambles; sausage and veggies egg scrambles; and sausage and egg scrambles.

October 6, 2011

Southern Comfort and Tabasco have teamed up to launch a new concoction.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Southern Comfort and Tabasco have teamed up to launch a new concoction.

New Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper, which hits store shelves this month, can be served as a cold shot or incorporated into a cocktail, and features the flavors of Southern Comfort whiskey and original Tabasco brand pepper sauce.