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October 14, 2013

A line of leather bracelets made by Endorphin Warrior aims to inspire wearers to lose weight and improve their health.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — A line of leather bracelets made by Endorphin Warrior aims to inspire wearers to lose weight and improve their health.

October 11, 2013

Del Monte Foods will sell its consumer products business to Del Monte Pacific Limited for $1.675 billion in order to focus on the pet products market, Del Monte Foods said.

SAN FRANCISCO — Del Monte Foods will sell its consumer products business to Del Monte Pacific Limited for $1.675 billion in order to focus on the pet products market, Del Monte Foods said.

October 10, 2013

Idea Village presented contestants on FOX's "MasterChef Junior," as well as radio contest winners from 102.7 KIIS FM Studios, with gift bags containing Idea Village culinary products on Monday at the Four Seasons in Westlake, Calif.

LOS ANGELES — Idea Village presented contestants on FOX's "MasterChef Junior," as well as radio contest winners from 102.7 KIIS FM Studios, with gift bags containing Idea Village culinary products on Monday at the Four Seasons in Westlake, Calif.

October 10, 2013

A company that makes packaging for manufacturers ranging from food companies to drug makers has received more than a dozen awards at a marketing exposition in Chicago.

NEENAH, Wis. — A company that makes packaging for manufacturers ranging from food companies to drug makers has received more than a dozen awards at a marketing exposition in Chicago.

Menasha Packaging announced that it won 13 Design of the Time Awards at the 2013 Shopper Marketing Expo, including three gold, two silver and eight bronze awards in the drug store, mass-merchandise, specialty and supermarket channels. The DOT Awards recognize creative in-store activation tactics and campaigns.

October 7, 2013

Craig Dubitsky, known for helping to bring to market brands like Method, EOS and Help Remedies, and more recently Hello oral care products, was characterized as a giant killer in a blog published by AdAge Monday.

NEW YORK — Craig Dubitsky, known for helping to bring to market such brands as Method, EOS and Help Remedies, and more recently Hello oral care products, was characterized as a giant killer in a blog published by AdAge Monday.  

"He's a small part of a big movement — an insurgent group of digitally enabled entrepreneurs gnawing away at the dominance of multibillion-dollar brands and their giant marketing budgets," wrote Jack Neff, who covers personal products for AdAge

October 3, 2013

Thirty-seven percent of shoppers in the United States are shopping omnichannel, compared with 29% around the globe, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — Thirty-seven percent of shoppers in the United States are shopping omnichannel, compared with 29% around the globe, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by GfK, found that consumers are "freely mingling" in-store visits, online product research and other information sources when making purchases. The extent of omnichannel shopping varies by category and country and appears tied to mobile device penetration. The study was based on 8,400 interviews in 14 countries.

September 30, 2013

Booginhead has introduced a way for parents who make their own baby food to conveniently carry and store it.

NEW YORK — Booginhead has introduced a way for parents who make their own baby food to conveniently carry and store it.

Booginhead's Squeez'Ems are reusable food pouches for pureed and blended food, designed to be easy to fill, clean and store, and ideal for such foods as yogurt, applesauce and homemade baby food.

The pouches, which come with a resealable screw top, are free of BPA, PVC and phthalate and cost $7.99 per duo pack.

 

September 30, 2013

Yankee Candle Co. has introduced its collection of scented, Thanksgiving-themed candles, the company said Monday. For each candle sold, $1 will be donated to the USO.

 SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle Co. has introduced its collection of scented, Thanksgiving-themed candles, the company said Monday.

Yankee announced the launch of the Thanksgiving Dinner Collection, which includes such fragrances as Turkey with Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Sweet Potato Pie. For each candle sold, $1 will be donated to the USO. The donations will take place between Sept. 30 and Oct. 31, and will support the USO's Holiday Box program for military personnel stationed overseas.

September 25, 2013

Target has launched a streaming digital video service nationwide, the retailer said Wednesday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has launched a streaming digital video service nationwide, the retailer said Wednesday.

September 23, 2013

Ideavillage Products Corporation announced the promotion of Ron Boger to president and COO.

WAYNE, N.J. — On Friday, Ideavillage Products Corporation announced the promotion of Ron Boger to president and COO. Playing a pivotal role in developing Ideavillage as one of the leading As Seen On TV companies in the industry, Boger is credited with bringing such item successes to the company as Stompeez, Bright Light Pillows, Fushigi, Smooth Away, Slim Shots, and more.

September 20, 2013

Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization, along with long-standing donor partner Procter and Gamble, revealed results of a new study showing many families with children struggle to afford basic, non-food household goods, including products related to personal care, household care and baby care.

CHICAGO — Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization, along with long-standing donor partner Procter and Gamble, revealed results of a new study showing many families with children struggle to afford basic, non-food household goods, including products related to personal care, household care and baby care.

September 19, 2013

A new research institution set up by the federal government will conduct tobacco-related research around the country using more than $50 million from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A new research institution set up by the federal government will conduct tobacco-related research around the country using more than $50 million from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

September 19, 2013

Customers at Meijer can use their digital coupons to get savings on baby items, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Customers at Meijer can use their digital coupons to get savings on baby items, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

September 19, 2013

Target is donating $25,000 for relief efforts in Colorado following devastating floods there, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday. The donation includes $20,000 for the American Red Cross and $5,000 in food, water and baby items.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is donating $25,000 for relief efforts in Colorado following devastating floods there, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday. The donation includes $20,000 for the American Red Cross and $5,000 in food, water and baby items.

According to media reports, about half a dozen people are confirmed dead and 200 are unaccounted for amid floods caused by what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called once-in-a-millennium rainfall. Property losses are estimated at nearly $2 billion.

September 19, 2013

Target is hoping to enhance the experience of customers shopping for baby items with a new pilot program in Chicago.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is hoping to enhance the experience of customers shopping for baby items with a new pilot program in Chicago.

(See below for a video from Target about the program.)

September 18, 2013

Kmart has compiled a list of 15 toys that it is encouraging members of its loyalty program to send as gifts to children in need.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart has compiled a list of 15 toys that it is encouraging members of its loyalty program to send as gifts to children in need.

The mass merchandise retailer unveiled its annual "Fab 15" holiday toy list, allowing customers to "gift it forward" as part of the Shop Your Way Charity Gift Registry, part of a partnership between Kmart and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

September 18, 2013

Rocketcases announced on Tuesday a new line of protective cases for the iPhone 4 and new iPhone 5 styled after retro gaming devices.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Rocketcases announced on Tuesday a new line of protective cases for the iPhone 4 and new iPhone 5 styled after retro gaming devices.

Rocketcases' iPhone cases protect iPhones from falls and scratches with a hard silicone and plastic materials. The retro gaming cases are available in two options.

September 17, 2013

Hefty announced on Tuesday a new trash bag with advanced odor-control, the company stated.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Hefty announced on Tuesday a new trash bag with advanced odor-control, the company stated.

Hefty Ultimate with Arm & Hammer provides a trio of advanced technology to give the consumer everything needed in one bag. The Arm & Hammer patented odor-neutralizing technology helps eliminate kitchen odors. Hefty Ultimate bags come in scent-free, lavender and clean burst scents.

September 17, 2013

Sales of general merchandise are expected to increase by 2.4% during the holiday season of November and December, but shoppers will visit fewer stores, according to a new forecast.

CHICAGO — Sales of general merchandise are expected to increase by 2.4% during the holiday season of November and December, but shoppers will visit fewer stores, according to a new forecast.

September 17, 2013

Speck, a designer of slim-fitting protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets and laptops, on Tuesday announced a new iPhone case for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Speck, a designer of slim-fitting protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets and laptops, on Tuesday announced a new iPhone case for the iPhone 5 and 5s.

September 16, 2013

Pampers, a Procter and Gamble brand, announced on Monday product upgrades across its entire line of diapers, training pants and wipes.

CINCINNATI — Pampers, a Procter and Gamble brand, announced on Monday product upgrades across its entire line of diapers, training pants and wipes. The new product enhancements come after the company sponsored a survey of moms to address their concerns of unmet needs for their babies.

September 13, 2013

ChapStick, part of the Pfizer portfolio of consumer brands, on Friday announced a new lip balm with advanced moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients.

Madison, N.J. — ChapStick, part of the Pfizer portfolio of consumer brands, on Friday announced a new lip balm with advanced moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients.

September 13, 2013

Walmart announced on Thursday that 10 chemicals found in various supplier products — including some personal care items, cosmetics and cleaning products — will be phased out of stores, according to published reports.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced on Thursday that 10 chemicals found in various supplier products — including some personal care items, cosmetics and cleaning products — will be phased out of stores, according to published reports.

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September 12, 2013

Contigo, an Ignite USA LLC brand, announced a new reusable tumbler with a lid that snaps shut to ensure 100% leak-proof shaking and mixing to prepare on-the-go drinks and shakes.

CHICAGO — Contigo, an Ignite USA LLC brand, announced on Thursday a new reusable tumbler with a lid that snaps shut to ensure 100% leak-proof shaking and mixing to prepare on-the-go drinks and shakes.

September 11, 2013

Volume sales of pet foods have been flat, but a rash of premium brands have kept the category profitable for retailers. Dog owners spend an average of $239 annually, and cat owners spend $209 annually on pet food, according to American Pet Products Association.

While consumers are price sensitive, they won’t cut corners when it comes to what they feed their pets. A recent report by Mintel found that healthy eating trends are driving innovation and marketing strategies in the pet food market.

Volume sales of pet foods have been flat, but a rash of premium brands have kept the category profitable for retailers. Dog owners spend an average of $239 annually, and cat owners spend $209 annually on pet food, according to American Pet Products Association.

While consumers are price sensitive, they won’t cut corners when it comes to what they feed their pets. A recent report by Mintel found that healthy eating trends are driving innovation and marketing strategies in the pet food market. The trend also is driven by the soaring obesity rates among cats and dogs.