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September 13, 2011

Yankee Candle has introduced its latest candle form.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle has introduced its latest candle form.

The Perfect Pillar features an easy-to-remove peel-off label, adding to the overall clean, contemporary look of this decorative candle form, Yankee Candle said.

September 12, 2011

The blockbuster movie release of "Contagion" this past weekend may drive more people to seek out their flu shot, proposed the director of the New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The blockbuster movie release of "Contagion" this past weekend may drive more people to seek out their flu shot, proposed the director of the New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness. "Contagion," a movie that mirrors the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, was the No. 1 movie coming out of the weekend with an estimated $23.1 million debut.

September 12, 2011

"Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant has been tapped as the latest spokeswoman for Downy Wrinkle Releaser.

ATLANTA — "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant has been tapped as the latest spokeswoman for Downy Wrinkle Releaser.

In her role as brand spokeswoman, Bryant will be developing a guide on fabric care and will provide tips on looking good on the go, the company said.

September 12, 2011

The Brainy Brands Co. has introduced a new line of wooden toys for its Brainy Baby line.

UWANEE, Ga. — The Brainy Brands Co. has introduced a new line of wooden toys for its Brainy Baby line.

Brainy Baby FlashCars will consist of wooden toys in the form of vehicles, including a school bus, fire truck, airplane and recycle truck, accompanied by flashcards that will cover a specific subject, such as letters, numbers, shapes and colors, and animals. FlashCars are set to hit the market in fourth quarter 2011, Brainy Brands said.

Brainy Brands said it expects to introduce other series of wooden toys in the future.

September 12, 2011

Consumer sentiment toward the economy continues to be negative, acknowledged David Dillon, Kroger chairman and CEO, a factor that may drive many consumers toward more of the value-driven store brands in which Kroger is investing.

CINCINNATI — Consumer sentiment toward the economy continues to be negative, acknowledged David Dillon, Kroger chairman and CEO, a factor that may drive many consumers toward more of the value-driven store brands in which Kroger is investing.

"The sluggish economy continues to strain household budgets while increasing consumer anxiety," Dillon said. "In fact, customers tell us their expectation for the economy are more pessimistic now than at any time this year."

September 12, 2011

The Global Market Development Center on Monday announced its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Terry Cox, retired group VP for Kroger.

PHOENIX — The Global Market Development Center on Monday announced its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Terry Cox, retired group VP for Kroger.

September 12, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and AT&T on Monday announced an initiative to evaluate the use of mobile devices to deliver diabetes self-management training within an underserved minority community in Dallas.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and AT&T on Monday announced an initiative to evaluate the use of mobile devices to deliver diabetes self-management training within an underserved minority community in Dallas.

September 12, 2011

Snack food company Mike-sell's has introduced five new products.

DAYTON, Ohio — Snack food company Mike-sell's has introduced five new products.

Mike-sell's lineup of products now includes Blazin' Hot Crunchin' cheese curls, Cheese Crunchin' cheese curls, Blazin' Hot corn chips, barbecue corn chips and Smoky Mountain barbecue kettle-cooked potato chips.

Mike-sell's snacks are sold at grocery and convenience stores nationwide.

September 12, 2011

A new strength and conditioning program designed specifically for cheerleaders and dancers has made its way to DVD.

RIVER EDGE, N.J. — A new strength and conditioning program designed specifically for cheerleaders and dancers has made its way to DVD.

Train2Cheer offers a workout that is designed to increase cardio and muscular endurance, resulting in stronger cheer and dance performances. Train2Cheer is set to high-energy music and is hosted by its creator, Stacey DelPreore.

Train2Cheer, which includes a 60-minute workout video and bonus CD soundtrack, retails for $19.99.

September 9, 2011

In an effort to motivate and support newly diagnosed diabetes patients, Bayer HealthCare has enlisted spokesman Nick Jonas for its latest contest.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — In an effort to motivate and support newly diagnosed diabetes patients, Bayer HealthCare has enlisted spokesman Nick Jonas for its latest contest.

September 9, 2011

Extra is enlisting consumers to help it decide what should be the next Extra Dessert Delights flavor.

CHICAGO — Extra is enlisting consumers to help it decide what should be the next Extra Dessert Delights flavor.

Through its Facebook page, consumers can select among bananas foster, root beer float and lemon square flavors. The winning flavor of this vote will be added to the Dessert Delights lineup of orange creme pop, apple pie, mint chocolate chip, strawberry shortcake and key lime pie. Voting ends Nov. 12. The new flavor is slated to hit store shelves next summer.

September 9, 2011

In line with its full-scale, national launch, functional beverage brand Ginseng Up is debuting a new apple flavor.

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — In line with its full-scale, national launch, functional beverage brand Ginseng Up is debuting a new apple flavor.

Ginseng Up noted that its apple flavor consists 96% real apple juice blended with a touch of sparkling water. Sold in single-serve and in four-packs of 12-oz. bottles, the beverage also is available in more than 10 additional natural varieties, and is touting a new tagline, "the root of all power."

September 9, 2011

Emerson Group has expanded its team, the company announced.

WAYNE, Pa. — Emerson Group has expanded its team, the company announced.

Mark Schumacher, an industry veteran that has worked as a retailer HBC category manager, will focus on category and shopper insights for Emerson Group.

Prior to joining Emerson Group, Schumacher was the director of category development at homeopathic manufacturer Boiron.

September 9, 2011

Pedigree is encouraging Walmart shoppers to help feed homeless dogs by scanning the QR code on any package of Pedigree sold at Walmart with their smartphone.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pedigree is encouraging Walmart shoppers to help feed homeless dogs by scanning the QR code on any package of Pedigree sold at Walmart with their smartphone.

Every QR code scanned represents one bowl of Pedigree food for dogs, which the brand will donate to an animal shelter (up to 500,000 8-oz. bowls).

September 9, 2011

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Thursday announced the launch of Centrum Specialist, a line of enhanced multivitamins aimed at specific health priorities, including prenatal, vision, energy and heart health.

MADISON, N.J. — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Thursday announced the launch of Centrum Specialist, a line of enhanced multivitamins aimed at specific health priorities, including prenatal, vision, energy and heart health.

September 9, 2011

SC Johnson is enhancing its Scrubbing Bubbles line with an easy-to-use toilet bowl cleaner.

RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson is enhancing its Scrubbing Bubbles line with an easy-to-use toilet bowl cleaner.

New one step toilet bowl cleaner is a foot activated, hands-free toilet cleaner that helps keep the toilet clean for 30 days, SC Johnson said. To assure it toilets stay clean, it is recommended that consumers use the product twice a day.

The suggested retail price for the easy-to-use Scrubbing Bubbles one step toilet bowl cleaner is $9.99 for the starter kit and $3.99 for each refill.

September 9, 2011

SymphonyIRI Group on Thursday released a brand report highlighting what elements help drive brand selection and brand loyalty.

CHICAGO — SymphonyIRI Group on Thursday released a brand report highlighting what elements help drive brand selection and brand loyalty.

September 9, 2011

With more than 1 million fans on Facebook and the largest following on Foursquare among chain drug store retailers, Walgreens is using these social media platforms to let its customers help distribute more than $6 million in free flu shot vouchers to five national charities, the Chicago-area chain announced Friday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With more than 1 million fans on Facebook and the largest following on Foursquare among chain drug store retailers, Walgreens is using these social media platforms to let its customers help distribute more than $6 million in free flu shot vouchers to five national charities, the Chicago-area chain announced Friday.

Walgreens is working with the American Diabetes Association, AmeriCares, Feeding America, League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Urban League on an initiative to help provide up to 200,000 flu shot vouchers.

September 9, 2011

Weis Markets earlier this week named Regina Tator as its director of private brands.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets earlier this week named Regina Tator as its director of private brands. 

Tator succeeds Bruno Garisto, who was recently named VP center store sales and merchandising. Tator will oversee the product development and sales and marketing for the company’s 6,300 private-brand products, including center store, healthy and beauty care, and perishable private products.

September 8, 2011

Richard Wolford has joined the board of directors at Schiff Nutrition.

SALT LAKE CITY — Richard Wolford has joined the board of directors at Schiff Nutrition.

Wolford most recently served as chairman, president and CEO of Del Monte Foods. Additionally, he served as chairman of the board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association from 2010 until 2011.

“The board and I have set important goals to drive shareholder value,” Schiff Nutrition president and CEO Tarang Amin said. “We look forward to Rick’s insight as we focus on our long-term growth strategies.”

September 8, 2011

Hanes is bringing comfortable socks to the masses with its latest line.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Hanes is bringing comfortable socks to the masses with its latest line.

New Comfort Toe Seam socks do not bunch and are designed to reduce the bulk of conventional socks, resulting in a more comfortable fit.

September 8, 2011

Ben & Jerry's and Broadway Video Enterprises have developed a limited-edition flavor that salutes the talents of sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live."

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Ben & Jerry's and Broadway Video Enterprises have developed a limited-edition flavor that salutes the talents of sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live."

The flavor, named "Schweddy Balls," is a tribute to the popular "Delicious Dish" sketch, which starred Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as hosts of a parody National Public Radio program, along with Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy, the fictional owner of Season’s Eatings Bakery.

September 8, 2011

Near East has introduced a new line that combines quinoa and brown rice to promote the goodness of whole grains.

CHICAGO — Near East has introduced a new line that combines quinoa and brown rice to promote the goodness of whole grains.

New quinoa blends, available in rosemary and olive oil and roasted red pepper and basil flavors, offer 7g to 8g of protein and 34g of whole grain per one cup serving, Near East said.

September 8, 2011

Swiffer has updated its products with high-definition technology to offer a deeper clean.

CINCINNATI — Swiffer has updated its products with high-definition technology to offer a deeper clean.

“Swiffer is going beyond traditional methods to deliver a clean so extraordinary that the definition of clean as we know it has been elevated to the idea of ‘high definition,’” P&G's home care external relations manager Jeff Pierce said. “Consumers will be pleasantly surprised when they use our products and discover the new level of shine and clarity we’re providing.”

September 8, 2011

T.G.I. Friday’s has brought its famous dishes to the frozen food section of retailers nationwide.

PITTSBURGH — T.G.I. Friday’s has brought its famous dishes to the frozen food section of retailers nationwide.

New Entrées for One combine restaurant quality with the convenience of a ready-made, individual frozen meal, the company said.

The new entrées include nine varieties in a host of flavors, including:

  • Sizzling chicken fajitas;

  • Sizzling steak fajitas;

  • Grilled chicken mac and cheese;

  • Prime rib stroganoff;