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February 25, 2014

Smartfood, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has introduced Smartfood Delight popcorn, a line of reduced-fat popcorn geared toward health-conscious consumers who are looking for alternative snacking options.

PLANO, TX — Smartfood, a brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, has introduced Smartfood Delight popcorn, a line of reduced-fat popcorn geared toward health-conscious consumers who are looking for alternative snacking options. The new popcorn comes in two flavors, Sea Salt and White Cheddar.

February 25, 2014

Hispanic consumers are outpacing non-Hispanics in their adoption of mobile, social and online sources for local shopping, according to BIA/Kelsey's Consumer Commerce Monitor study released Tuesday.

CHANTILLY, Va. — Hispanic consumers are outpacing non-Hispanics in their adoption of mobile, social and online sources for local shopping, according to BIA/Kelsey's Consumer Commerce Monitor study released Tuesday. 

February 25, 2014

UrgentRx on Tuesday teamed up with the NFL's Denver Broncos, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment — parent of NBA’s Denver Nuggets, NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth — to be the “Official Sponsor of Game Day Relief.”

DENVER — UrgentRx on Tuesday teamed up with the NFL's Denver Broncos, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment — parent of NBA’s Denver Nuggets, NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth — to be the “Official Sponsor of Game Day Relief.”

February 25, 2014

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday posted its final recommendation statement on vitamin, mineral and multivitamin supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday posted its final recommendation statement on vitamin, mineral and multivitamin supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, the Task Force concluded there is not enough evidence to determine the effectiveness of taking vitamins and minerals to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer. 

February 24, 2014

The Better Chip, a snack chip company, on Monday announced that it is introducing two new flavors — Beet and Chipotle — both of which are inspired by popular culinary trends, according to the company.

LOS ANGELES — The Better Chip, a snack chip company, on Monday announced that it is introducing two new flavors — Beet and Chipotle — both of which are inspired by popular culinary trends, according to the company. The new chip varieties will be available in the deli section of more than 10,000 grocery outlets across the nation.

February 24, 2014

It appears this year's flu season will officially wind down toward the beginning of March.

ATLANTA — It appears this year's flu season will officially wind down toward the beginning of March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported a decline in influenza activity, though nationwide it's still above the national baseline. 

No states reported high influenza like illness activity, the CDC noted, and seven states experienced moderate ILI activity (Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia).

February 24, 2014

Colgate-Palmolive has introduced its new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen — the first-ever toothbrush with a built-in whitening pen.

NEW YORK — Colgate-Palmolive has introduced its new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen — the first-ever toothbrush with a built-in whitening pen.  

The new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen is aimed to provide a convenient, affordable way to achieve high-impact teeth whitening at home, with whiter teeth in two days, the company stated.

February 24, 2014

HungerShield recently expanded its diet aid, adding an iced tea flavor.

SCARSDALE, N.Y. — HungerShield recently expanded its diet aid, adding an iced tea flavor. 

"We developed this new flavor because while customers love the original taste of lemon-lime HungerShield, the iced tea version offers the option of a slightly sweeter, less tart variety in a refreshing flavor most people love," said Dafna Chazin, HungerShield co-founder. "We believe that we will be pleasing thousands of current and new customers everywhere with this new, delicious alternative.”

February 24, 2014

Hyland's recently added three line extensions to its portfolio of cough-cold products — both an adult and pediatric mucus expectorant and a nighttime option for toddlers.

LOS ANGELES — Hyland's recently added three line extensions to its portfolio of cough-cold products — both an adult and pediatric mucus expectorant and a nighttime option for toddlers. Mucus relief accounts for 14% of the cough-cold category, Hyland's reported, citing Nielsen data for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 18 across all channels. 

February 24, 2014

Long-term daily multivitamin use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

SAN FRANCISCO — Long-term daily multivitamin use may lower cataract risk in men, according to a study of nearly 15,000 male physicians published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

February 24, 2014

Omron Healthcare on Monday launched the Alvita Ultimate Pedometer, which replaces its HJ-112 model.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron Healthcare on Monday launched the Alvita Ultimate Pedometer, which replaces its HJ-112 model. The new pedometer uses Tri-Axis technology to count steps accurately almost anywhere the device is positioned, including the hip, pocket or a purse. It has four activity modes for both regular and aerobic activities, and stores up to seven days of information on the display.

February 24, 2014

Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods Group brand, announced the introduction of the new P3 Portable Protein Pack, which the company designed for active consumers looking for a snack to help get them through the day.

MADISON, Wis. — Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods Group brand, announced the introduction of the new P3 Portable Protein Pack, which the company designed for active consumers looking for a snack to help get them through the day.

The company says the new protein packs are positioned to become a major item in the protein-snacking category, which has enjoyed growth thanks to consumer desires for protein-filled snacks like Greek yogurt and protein bars. The on-the-go packs are made of three brands: Oscar Mayer Selects Meats, Kraft Natural Cheeses and Planters Nuts.

February 23, 2014

O'Connor Companies' new product GoGargle! was named Best New Product last week at the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy meeting.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — O'Connor Companies' new product GoGargle! was named Best New Product last week at the ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy meeting. GoGargle! is an effervescent salt gargle that soothes and moisturizes dry and irritated throats in a new way. 

February 21, 2014

Only one-third of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have gotten their flu shot this season, which is a contributing factor to why this year's flu activity has hit young adults particularly hard, according to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATLANTA — Only one-third of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have gotten their flu shot this season, which is a contributing factor to why this year's flu activity has hit young adults particularly hard, according to Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

February 21, 2014

The Detroit Lions and Walgreens earlier this week teamed up to tackle the flu in Detroit Public Schools.

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions and Walgreens earlier this week teamed up to tackle the flu in Detroit Public Schools. On Feb. 25 Walgreens, the official health and wellness partner of the Detroit Lions, will give Detroit Lions Academy students flu immunizations.

Students who choose to get flu immunizations will have the opportunity to participate in a Playworks recess session that includes special guest Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell.

Families — parents and siblings — of students are also welcome to receive complimentary flu immunizations.

February 21, 2014

Jack Link’s plans to purchase Unilever’s meat snacks business, primarily sold under the BiFi brand and the Peperami brand.

NEW GLARUS, Wis. — Jack Link’s plans to purchase Unilever’s meat snacks business, primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand (UK and Ireland). The sale is expected to close by the end of March.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, also includes the manufacturing facility in Ansbach, Germany.

February 21, 2014

Jewel, an acclaimed singer and songwriter, joined Swiffer on Thursday to celebrate the debut of the new Swiffer Sweep and Trap.

CINCINNATI — Jewel, an acclaimed singer and songwriter, joined Swiffer on Thursday to celebrate the debut of the new Swiffer Sweep and Trap, which features soft rotating beater blades that are designed to scoop up large particles into a removable dirt bin for quick disposal.

February 21, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration will host a public meeting in March to discuss updating the OTC monograph system, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration will host a public meeting in March to discuss updating the OTC monograph system, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday

According to the report, the FDA will consider improving the agency's ability to initiate label changes quickly, allowing for faster innovation from manufacturers and imposing new pediatric dosing limits based on the most recent science. 

February 21, 2014

The Yankee Candle Co. announced the addition of a new fragrance blend to its Relaxing Rituals line. The fifth scent, which the company named Uplift, was created with a blend of grapefruit, lemon and ginger.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. announced the addition of a new fragrance blend to its Relaxing Rituals line. The fifth scent, which the company named Uplift, was created with a blend of grapefruit, lemon and ginger.

February 20, 2014

American Licorice Co. has announced the launch of Fruit Vines Bites — bite-size, chewy candies with a fruity flavor.

LA PORTE, Ind. — American Licorice Co. has announced the launch of Fruit Vines Bites — bite-size, chewy candies with a fruit flavor.

"We wanted to develop a soft, chewy, fruity candy that would appeal to candy lovers everywhere," said Stephanie Louie, Red Vines brand manager. "The bite size pieces are perfect for a quick treat to help everyone bring a sweet celebration to their day."  

February 20, 2014

Ferndale Healthcare recently announced a three-year partnership on behalf of its RectiCare (lidocaine 5%) Anorectal Cream brand and the Colon Cancer Alliance.

FERNDALE, Mich. — Ferndale Healthcare recently announced a three-year partnership on behalf of its RectiCare (lidocaine 5%) Anorectal Cream brand and the Colon Cancer Alliance. This nonprofit corporation is the nation’s leading patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing colon cancer screening rates and survivorship.

February 20, 2014

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy has teamed up with Prilosec OTC to show racing fans that “You Can’t Beat Zero” by offering them great “Zero Experiences” at two top stock car races and a chance at winning Prilosec OTC’s hottest wheels: a “monster” utility vehicle.

CINCINNATI — Comedian Larry the Cable Guy has teamed up with Prilosec OTC to show racing fans that “You Can’t Beat Zero” by offering them great “Zero Experiences” at two top stock car races and a chance at winning Prilosec OTC’s hottest wheels: a “monster” utility vehicle.

February 19, 2014

Bear Naked — a supplier of granola, trail mix and cookies — has introduced the new Honey Almond Protein flavor, which combines whole-grain oats, honey and roasted almonds, and packs 10 g of protein per serving.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Bear Naked — a supplier of granola, trail mix and cookies — has introduced the new Honey Almond Protein flavor, which combines whole-grain oats, honey and roasted almonds and packs 10 g of protein per serving. 

February 19, 2014

Big Heart Pet Brands on Wednesday announced its launch as the largest standalone pet food-and-snack company in North America. The creation of Big Heart Pet Brands comes on the heels of the company's sale of its consumer products division to Del Monte Pacific Limited, which closed on Feb. 18, 2014.

SAN FRANCISCO — Big Heart Pet Brands on Wednesday announced its launch as the largest standalone pet food-and-snack company in North America. The creation of Big Heart Pet Brands comes on the heels of the company's sale of its consumer products division to Del Monte Pacific Limited, which closed on Feb. 18, 2014.

The new name mirrors the company's focus on the pet products market. Big Heart Pet Brands will continue to deliver such brands as Milk Bone, Meow Mix, Kibbles 'n Bits and Nature's Recipe, among others.

February 19, 2014

Budweiser on Wednesday revealed the brand's global campaign on behalf of its official sponsorship of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

NEW YORK — Budweiser on Wednesday revealed the brand's global campaign on behalf of its official sponsorship of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Budweiser's Rise as One will celebrate the moments that bring together and inspire fans of the game around the world, the company said.