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September 30, 2011

Carma Labs on Thursday announced the permanent addition of two new lip balm flavors: Carmex Lime Twist and Carmex Vanilla Click Sticks.

MILWAUKEE — Carma Labs on Thursday announced the permanent addition of two new lip balm flavors: Carmex Lime Twist and Carmex Vanilla Click Sticks.

“We had an overwhelming response to the limited release [in late 2010] of Vanilla and Lime Twist,” Carma Labs president Paul Woelbing said. “Customers told us how much they liked the new flavors and would like them to be available year-round. We are happy to oblige and have added them to our family of flavored lip balms.”

September 30, 2011

Giant Eagle this past week introduced the NuVal nutritional scoring system throughout locations in Columbus, Ohio, and Frederick, Md.

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle this past week introduced the NuVal nutritional scoring system throughout locations in Columbus, Ohio, and Frederick, Md.

Intended to help customers make quick, informed food choices, the NuVal nutritional scoring system gives more than 20,000 food and beverages a score ranging from 1 to 100 — the higher the score, the better the nutrition. Scores are posted right on the shelf tag, along with nutritional attributes like “gluten free” and “good source of fiber.”

September 30, 2011

Green Giant has expanded its Valley Fresh Steamers lineup to include vegetables with pasta and sauce.

MINNEAPOLIS — Green Giant has expanded its Valley Fresh Steamers lineup to include vegetables with pasta and sauce.

New steam-in-the-bag Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers portfolio now includes macaroni and cheese with broccoli and pasta and vegetables with alfredo sauce. Each bag, which contains one to two servings, provides family-friendly vegetable sides to dinner in less than 7 minutes, Green Giant said.

September 30, 2011

Good Clean Love earlier this week was recognized with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s annual Tom Holce Entrepreneurship award in the development category.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Good Clean Love earlier this week was recognized with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s annual Tom Holce Entrepreneurship award in the development category. Good Clean Love’s founder and CEO Wendy Strgar received the award at a ceremony at downtown Portland’s Hilton Hotel.

September 30, 2011

Inventure Foods has teamed up with Nathan's Famous to offer ready-to-eat snacks that will be available at retailers this fall.

PHOENIX — Inventure Foods has teamed up with Nathan's Famous to offer ready-to-eat snacks that will be available at retailers this fall.

Inventure Foods said that its lineup will include Nathan's crunchy crinkle fries, which will be available in cheddar cheese, chili cheese and honey mustard flavors and packaged in 2- to 3.5-oz. bags for a suggested retail price to $1.99 to $2.19. Additionally, Nathan's crinkle cut potato chips will be available in a single-serve, 1.25-oz. size that will retail from $.99 to $1.29.

September 30, 2011

Jones Soda has introduced a limited-edition beverage in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

SEATTLE — Jones Soda has introduced a limited-edition beverage in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

New breast cancer awareness soda features various pink-themed images, including a black-and-white photo of world snowboarding champion Lindsey Jacobellis, who recently was tapped to serve as part of the Jones Soda Athletic Team. A portion of the sales from the soda will be donated to the nonprofit organization, Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC).

September 30, 2011

Noah's Sparkling Spring Water has debuted new flavors and packaging for its beverages.

CHICAGO — Noah's Sparkling Spring Water has debuted new flavors and packaging for its beverages.

The company said in addition to its original flavor, the sparkling spring water now is available in lime, blueberry pomegranate and peach mango. What's more, the drinks also will make their debut in 12-oz. Rexam Sleek cans. Previously, Noah's Sparkling Spring Water only was packaged in glass bottles.

Noah's Sparkling Spring Waters are currently available at select retail locations in California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah with plans to drive expansion across the country.

September 30, 2011

A fifth dietary supplement trade association may be in the early formulation stages, specifically designed to address the Food and Drug Administration's recent issues of New Dietary Ingredient guidance, according to a Nutrition Business Journal report published Wednesday.

BOULDER, Colo. — A fifth dietary supplement trade association may be in the early formulation stages, specifically designed to address the Food and Drug Administration's recent issues of New Dietary Ingredient guidance, according to a Nutrition Business Journal report published Wednesday.

September 30, 2011

The New Dietary Ingredient draft guidance, which recently was issued by the Food and Drug Administration, is causing a stir within the dietary supplement industry as experts continue to evaluate what kind of impact the guidance will have on their businesses.

WASHINGTON — The New Dietary Ingredient draft guidance, which recently was issued by the Food and Drug Administration, is causing a stir within the dietary supplement industry as experts continue to evaluate what kind of impact the guidance will have on their businesses.

An attorney panelist at a recent industry-sponsored webinar suggested the draft guidance may not stand up in a court of law if finalized and enforced as is.

September 29, 2011

DSE Healthcare Solutions reached out to volunteers with recurrent urinary tract infections through social media sites for a 12-week Cystex challenge.

EDISON, N.J. — DSE Healthcare Solutions reached out to volunteers with recurrent urinary tract infections through social media sites for a 12-week Cystex challenge. The outreach incorporated the Cystex Facebook page, Cystex Ladies Room Blog and outreach to bloggers, who spread the word through their network of consumers and other bloggers.

September 29, 2011

The second season of "Extreme Couponing" debuted on TLC Wednesday evening, and with the new season came a renewed concern as to how extreme couponers will impact value promotions at retail.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The second season of "Extreme Couponing" debuted on TLC Wednesday evening, and with the new season came a renewed concern as to how extreme couponers will impact value promotions at retail.

That may be one of the more significant concerns for retailers, according to a Bloomberg report published Wednesday — that promotions are attracting one-time buyers who cherry-pick their way through the weekly shopping trip in place of loyal consumers.

September 29, 2011

Fresh & Easy announced that it has doubled its gluten-free product range, the supermarket chain announced Wednesday.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy announced that it has doubled its gluten-free product range, the supermarket chain announced Wednesday.

September 29, 2011

McNeil-PPC announced Wednesday that the acquisition of full ownership of the Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals joint venture has been completed.

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — McNeil-PPC announced Wednesday that the acquisition of full ownership of the Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals joint venture has been completed.

The joint venture will be renamed McNeil Consumer Pharmaceuticals and will continue to market products under the Pepcid, Mylantq and Mylicon brands.

September 29, 2011

A designer and manufacturer of infant and toddler products has received an honor from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

NORTH HILLS, Calif. — A designer and manufacturer of infant and toddler products has received an honor from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

Munchkin said that its Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 potty seat was selected among 120 entrants as the winner of the 2011 JPMA Innovation Award.

September 29, 2011

Pampers has introduced an improved line of Pampers Cruisers with 3-Way Fit that feature characters from "Sesame Street."

CINCINNATI — Pampers has introduced an improved line of Pampers Cruisers with 3-Way Fit that feature characters from "Sesame Street."

Pampers Cruisers with 3-Way Fit diapers now feature a softer, quilted back-sheet similar to the brand's Swaddlers diapers, a 20% longer absorbent area, as well as new "Sesame Street" designs. For the first time, Pampers will feature Oscar the Grouch on its diapers.

September 29, 2011

Prestige Brands recently introduced a pair of line extensions across its Chloraseptic franchise: Chloraseptic warming sore throat lozenges and Chloraseptic medicated sore throat lollipops.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — Prestige Brands recently introduced a pair of line extensions across its Chloraseptic franchise: Chloraseptic warming sore throat lozenges and Chloraseptic medicated sore throat lollipops.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to provide our consumers quick and soothing relief," stated Jean Boyko, VP science and technology for Prestige Brands. “For children with an aversion to medicated products, our new lollipops are the perfect solution, and we’re sure they’ll be something both parents and children will agree on."

September 29, 2011

Costco Wholesale is calling on the farms that grow cantaloupes and the companies that ship them to be more vigilant in preventing contamination amid one of the deadliest outbreaks of foodborne disease in recent history, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Costco Wholesale is calling on the farms that grow cantaloupes and the companies that ship them to be more vigilant in preventing contamination amid one of the deadliest outbreaks of foodborne disease in recent history, according to published reports.

September 29, 2011

Canadians that are fans of Greek-style yogurt now have a larger variety to choose from.

TORONTO — Canadians that are fans of Greek-style yogurt now have a larger variety to choose from.

Hain Celestial announced that The Greek Gods brand has introduced its honey vanilla and honey strawberry flavors of Greek-style yogurt in Canada. The yogurt brand also touts traditional plain organic and honey yogurt flavors.

The Greek Gods traditional Greek-style yogurt retails between $5.99 and $6.99 and is available at Loblaw's and Whole Foods.

September 29, 2011

Yogurt brand Yoplait announced that, as part of its new campaign that celebrates New York, the company will host sampling efforts of its Yoplait Original yogurt.

MINNEAPOLIS — Yogurt brand Yoplait announced that, as part of its new campaign that celebrates New York, the company will host sampling efforts of its Yoplait Original yogurt.

Yoplait said it plans to give out about 50,000 free cups of Yoplait Original yogurt with help from New York fashion students that will serve as Yoplait New York “style and substance samplers,” beginning the morning of Oct. 4. Yoplait samplers can be found from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the following locations:

 

September 28, 2011

Ultimark Products has tapped actress Jennie Garth to be the new face of its Porcelana line of skin care products, which is sold in such retailers as Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and Kmart.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. — Ultimark Products has tapped actress Jennie Garth to be the new face of its Porcelana line of skin care products, which is sold in such retailers as Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and Kmart.

Garth, who is perhaps best known from her role in the television hit series “Beverly Hills 90210,” will promote both new and existing Porcelana products and will appear in print advertisements, social media and online marketing.

September 28, 2011

Church & Dwight, the maker of Arrid Extra Dry antiperspirant deodorant, has partnered with New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera to launch the brand's new advertising campaign.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Church & Dwight, the maker of Arrid Extra Dry antiperspirant deodorant, has partnered with New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera to launch the brand's new advertising campaign.

The TV spot, which began airing Sept. 21, showcases the five-time World Champion relief pitcher on the field, illustrating his grace under pressure demeanor.

September 28, 2011

Carma Labs, the maker of Carmex lip balm products, has expanded its skin care line with the new Carmex Healing Lotion in a 13-oz. pump.

MILWAUKEE — Carma Labs, the maker of Carmex lip balm products, has expanded its skin care line with the new Carmex Healing Lotion in a 13-oz. pump.

With the addition of the new 13-oz. lotion pump, and other trial and travel sizes now available, Carma Laboratories has developed its skin care line into multiple product sizes. The suggested retail price for the new pump is $10.99.

September 28, 2011

Glad has expanded its GladWare containers line with items ideal for lunch and snacks.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Glad has expanded its GladWare containers line with items ideal for lunch and snacks.

New Glad To Go lunch and snack containers, in 32-oz. and 24-oz. sizes, respectively, feature a small 1.5-oz. cup that snaps into the lid so you can carry single portions of salad dressing and sauces without worrying about spills or soggy foods, Glad said.

September 28, 2011

Sam’s Club locations this year once again will host “Hugo Salutes Our Veterans,” a national program that will provide 36,000 Hugo folding canes free of charge to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Sam’s Club locations this year once again will host “Hugo Salutes Our Veterans,” a national program that will provide 36,000 Hugo folding canes free of charge to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance.

The Hugo folding canes, which retail for $29.99, will be distributed at all Sam's Clubs nationwide on Nov. 9, 10 and 11. The program was started several years ago by Alpharetta, Ga.-based company AMG Medical in tribute to its employees who served in the military.

September 28, 2011

Mars said its global corporate website, Mars.com, now includes a summary of its "principles in action," which reflect the company's history, commitments, goals and challenges.

MCLEAN, Va. — Mars said its global corporate website, Mars.com, now includes a summary of its "principles in action," which reflect the company's history, commitments, goals and challenges.

The "principles in action" encompasses the following themes: health and nutrition, supply chain, operations, products and working at Mars. It also describes Mars' businesses: pet care, chocolate, Wrigley, food, drinks and symbioscience.