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January 16, 2012

Dietary supplement brand Nature Made has tapped a new advertising agency to lead all brand positioning and integrated marketing for the company.

SAN FRANCISCO — Dietary supplement brand Nature Made has tapped a new advertising agency to lead all brand positioning and integrated marketing for the company.

Nature Made said Amazon Advertising would serve as the company's new agency of record. Amazon Advertising, Nature Made said, will be responsible for creating national advertising campaigns that incorporate both traditional and digital media. The agency's clients include such brands as Kashi, Bear Naked, P&G's Naturella brand and Yogi Tea.

January 16, 2012

NCR announced Monday the introduction of a point-of-sale system that will allow independent retailers to manage transactions, track sales and inventory, process credit cards and market to customers on both touchscreen terminals and Apple mobile devices.

DULUTH, Ga. — NCR announced Monday the introduction of a point-of-sale system that will allow independent retailers to manage transactions, track sales and inventory, process credit cards and market to customers on both touchscreen terminals and Apple mobile devices.

The system is a cloud-based platform that NCR said would give independent retailers a multichannel "sell anywhere" capability.

January 16, 2012

Mark Feldstein and Associates has introduced a new line of holiday clocks that feature images captured by animal photographer Keith Kimberlin.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Mark Feldstein and Associates has introduced a new line of holiday clocks that feature images captured by animal photographer Keith Kimberlin.

The Keith Kimberlin puppy and kitty Christmas carol clocks are 8-in. clock dials that feature puppy and kitten images and 12 traditional carols, one played at the top of each hour.

January 16, 2012

Retail industry sales are expected to rise, albeit not at the same pace as 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

NEW YORK — Retail industry sales are expected to rise, albeit not at the same pace as 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.

Retail industry sales will rise 3.4% to $2.53 trillion, NRF said, compared with a pace of 4.7% in the year-ago period. The expected slowdown in consumer spending, NRF said, will be influenced by a number of factors, including stalled unemployment rate and lack of newly-created jobs. But despite the lower projection, the industry is expected to garner stronger numbers than other industries, NRF said.

January 16, 2012

As part of the company's "Renew You" events this year, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Wednesday launched its first annual 30-day weight management challenge.

BOULDER, Colo. — As part of the company's "Renew You" events this year, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Wednesday launched its first annual 30-day weight management challenge. The challenge features 10 participants, who will receive private consultations with Pharmaca practitioners around nutrition and exercise advice, and a one-month supply of one-of-three healthy weight management supplements — Natural Factors’ PGX, Genuine Health’s Lean+ Extra Strength or Natural Factors’ conjugated linoleic acid.

January 16, 2012

Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch is stepping down, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Winn-Dixie CEO Peter Lynch is stepping down, according to published reports.

The Florida Times-Union reported Friday that Lynch would resign as CEO of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based supermarket chain, following its merger with Bi-Lo, but would remain for 60 to 120 more days until the merger is complete.

Following completion of the merger, Bi-Lo chairman Randall Onstead will step in as president and CEO, the newspaper reported.

January 16, 2012

Sheila G Brands' Brownie Brittle line has made its way to Publix.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Sheila G Brands' Brownie Brittle line has made its way to Publix.

The Brownie Brittle line, which is available in chocolate chip, peanut butter chip and toffee crunch flavors, now is available at Publix stores nationwide. The line initially launched last January.

In addition to Publix, Sheila G Brands products also are available in thousands of stores in the Northeast and Southeast United States, as well as the Caribbean, and at Paradies airport shops, and hotel gift shops across the country.

January 16, 2012

Retailers that are looking to access their store sales and foot traffic now can do so anywhere and anytime with a new, free mobile application from ShopperTrak.

NEW YORK — Retailers that are looking to access their store sales and foot traffic now can do so anywhere and anytime with a new, free mobile application from ShopperTrak.

ShopperTrak said its new mobile app provides retailers with remote access to the following data — key metrics, hourly performance and ShopperTrak Power Hours — which are displayed in an easy-to-navigate graph enhanced by charts. Additionally, the app also provides free weekly foot traffic reports for five major U.S. markets for non-ShopperTrak customers.

January 16, 2012

Beauty brands rapidly are moving ahead with their social and mobile strategies to allow viral campaigns and create new consumer relations opportunities. But there’s no cookie-cutter approach, and brands are experimenting with what approaches work best for their business, according to a new report by consulting and research firm Kline.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Beauty brands rapidly are moving ahead with their social and mobile strategies to allow viral campaigns and create new consumer relations opportunities. But there’s no cookie-cutter approach, and brands are experimenting with what approaches work best for their business, according to a new report by consulting and research firm Kline.

January 16, 2012

Zak Designs has created drinkware items for on-the-go toddlers that feature a valve that controls liquid flow.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Zak Designs has created drinkware items for on-the-go toddlers that feature a valve that controls liquid flow.

Zak said its Toddler Go cups feature the patent-pending FloControl valve, designed to cater to children as they age and require a more flowing drinking spout. Additionally, the cups are spill proof, dishwasher safe and BPA free.

Toddler Go cups will be available in Disney designs, including "Cars" and "Disney Princesses."

January 13, 2012

Walgreens on Thursday took its failed negotiations with Express Scripts to Twitter, paying the social media site to promote the hashtag #ILoveWalgreens and setting off a barrage of tweets by tweeting "It's time to take a stand against @ExpressScripts. Tell them people want a choice by tweeting hashtag #ILoveWalgreens." According to Twitter, Walgreens tweeted 126 times on Thursday.

NEW YORK — Walgreens on Thursday took its failed negotiations with Express Scripts to Twitter, paying the social media site to promote the hashtag #ILoveWalgreens and setting off a barrage of tweets by tweeting "It's time to take a stand against @ExpressScripts. Tell them people want a choice by tweeting hashtag #ILoveWalgreens."

January 13, 2012

Bristol-Myers Squibb has officially launched its tender offer for Inhibitex, the drug maker said Friday.

NEW YORK — Bristol-Myers Squibb has officially launched its tender offer for Inhibitex, the drug maker said Friday.

Bristol said it had commenced a $2.5 billion offer to buy all outstanding shares of Inhibitex, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based company developing treatments for hepatitis C. The company's leading product is INX-189, an orally administered drug currently in phase-2 clinical trials.

Bristol announced its intention to buy Inhibitex Monday. The New York-based drug maker said it would make Inhibitex a wholly owned subsidiary following the acquisition.

January 13, 2012

The California State Senate Health Committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would require a prescription for the purchase of a pseudoephedrine product, exempting children's liquid formulations.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Senate Health Committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would require a prescription for the purchase of a pseudoephedrine product, exempting children's liquid formulations.

The bill initially failed to pass the committee by a vote of 2-2 with five no-votes. Subsequently, the committee placed the bill up for reconsideration by a vote of 7-0 with two no-votes. No subsequent hearing date has been posted the Senate's website.

January 13, 2012

Actress Kristen Stewart will be the face of the newest Balenciaga fragrance for women to be revealed in fall 2012.

PARIS — Actress Kristen Stewart will be the face of the newest Balenciaga fragrance for women to be revealed in fall 2012. Kristen Stewart follows Charlotte Gainsbourg who has represented Balenciaga Paris, the first fragrance, since 2010.

The fragrance is part of the Coty Prestige brand portfolio.

January 13, 2012

In an effort to help consumers keep their New Year's resolutions, Mars Chocolate North America said its Dove Dark Chocolate brand has partnered with celebrity chef Claire Robinson.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — In an effort to help consumers keep their New Year's resolutions, Mars Chocolate North America said its Dove Dark Chocolate brand has partnered with celebrity chef Claire Robinson.

January 13, 2012

The Global Market Development Center on Tuesday announced that it is expanding its “365 Days of Value” program through its advisory boards to support members throughout the year.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center on Tuesday announced that it is expanding its “365 Days of Value” program through its advisory boards to support members throughout the year.

January 13, 2012

GoGo Squeez has added a new flavor to its line of squeezable, resealable, 100% fruit applesauce.

NEW YORK — GoGo Squeez has added a new flavor to its line of squeezable, resealable, 100% fruit applesauce.

The company said new GoGo Squeez AppleBerry blends together applesauce and raspberry, blackberry and pomegranate to offer kids a healthy snack option in convenient packaging that allows on-the-go kids to enjoy fruit via a no-spoon, no-mess pouch.

GoGo Squeez is available at major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, Target, Costco, Kroger and Whole Foods, for a suggested retail price of $2.99 per four-pack.

January 13, 2012

Lean Pockets has teamed up with gossip blogger Perez Hilton to offer consumers the chance to "live famously."

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Lean Pockets has teamed up with gossip blogger Perez Hilton to offer consumers the chance to "live famously."

January 13, 2012

MagnaCare, a health plan management company, on Thursday announced its partnership with Telcare on that company's new wireless-enabled blood glucose meter.

NEW YORK — MagnaCare, a health plan management company, on Thursday announced its partnership with Telcare on that company's new wireless-enabled blood glucose meter. Through this partnership, MagnaCare's clients will be among the first in the country to receive the Telcare BGM meter.

January 13, 2012

Neutrogena has announced that Mexican actress and recording artist Sandra Echeverria has signed on as its newest U.S. brand ambassador.

LOS ANGELES — Neutrogena has announced that Mexican actress and recording artist Sandra Echeverria has signed on as its newest U.S. brand ambassador. 

"We're excited to have an international talent like Sandra join our family to help further bring to life our 2012 multicultural initiatives," stated Susan Sweet, GM for Neutrogena. "She is an inspirational role model to so many women and a fan of so many of Neutrogena's products. Sandra exemplifies the Neutrogena spirit, and we are thrilled to have her join our family of ambassadors."

January 13, 2012

Procter & Gamble has launched a worldwide campaign for the London 2012 Olympic games.

INNSBRUCK, Austria — Procter & Gamble has launched a worldwide campaign for the London 2012 Olympic games.

January 13, 2012

A joint venture between Suntory International and PepsiCo has appointed a new leader.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A joint venture between Suntory International and PepsiCo has appointed a new leader.

Paul Finney has been appointed president and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Ventures, who has served as SVP sales and marketing at the company since 2006. Finney replaces Keith Reimer, who retired on Dec. 31.

January 13, 2012

Pepsi Max is looking to give two of its most passionate fans a lifetime supply of the beverage, the company announced Friday.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Pepsi Max is looking to give two of its most passionate fans a lifetime supply of the beverage, the company announced Friday.

Consumers are invited to visit the brand's Facebook page to submit video — 60 seconds or less — detailing why they deserve a lifetime supply of Pepsi Max. The "Pepsi Max for Life" video contest runs through Feb. 13.

January 13, 2012

Perrigo on Thursday named Bruce Johnson to VP consumer healthcare research and development. Johnson will lead new product development for the supplier in the U.S. market.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Thursday named Bruce Johnson to VP consumer healthcare research and development. Johnson will lead new product development for the supplier in the U.S. market. 

Johnson joined Perrigo in 2005 and has since played a critical role in the company’s analytical research and development activities for both the U.S. and abroad.

January 13, 2012

The boards of directors for Ralcorp Holdings' Ralcorp and Post divisions were unveiled Friday by the company.

ST. LOUIS — The boards of directors for Ralcorp Holdings' Ralcorp and Post divisions were unveiled Friday by the company.

As previously reported, Ralcorp said its Post cereal business will be spun off to become its own entity.