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January 4, 2012

Celebrity Denise Richards announced on her blog on Jan. 2 that she has teamed up with stylist Cristophe to create her own hair care line.

NEW YORK — Celebrity Denise Richards announced on her blog on Jan. 2 that she has teamed up with stylist Cristophe to create her own hair care line.

“I’ve been hard at work on this project for the past few months and I am so excited to share it with you,” Richards wrote on her blog. “I teamed up with hairstyling guru Cristophe to create The Denise Richards Volume Extend hair care line, which strengthens and protects hair from the damage continuous styling can cause, boosting the hair’s health and volume.”


January 4, 2012

China Glaze, which makes nail lacquers sold at salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide, has announced the launch of its limited-edition Magnetix nail lacquer collection.

LOS ANGELES — China Glaze, which makes nail lacquers sold at salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide, has announced the launch of its limited-edition Magnetix nail lacquer collection.

Infused with iron powders that move when exposed to a magnet, China Glaze Magnetix uses magnetic force to create three different designs — starburst, repeating arrows or diagonal lines.

Inspired by bold, sleek, futuristic fashion and art, the China Glaze Magnetix collection features six shades:

January 4, 2012

The November-December 2011 holiday season marked a new record in retail e-commerce spending, ComScore reported.

RESTON, Va. — The November-December 2011 holiday season marked a new record in retail e-commerce spending, ComScore reported.

The season realized an overall gain of 15% versus last year, totaling $37.2 billion. This record was achieved with help from ten individual shopping days that surpassed $1 billion in spending, led by Cyber Monday — which ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year — at $1.25 billion.

January 4, 2012

Cheerios is sweetening up the cereal aisle with its latest flavor.

MINNEAPOLIS — Cheerios is sweetening up the cereal aisle with its latest flavor.

New Dulce de Leche Cheerios combines the nutrition of Cheerios and a caramel flavor, parent company General Mills said.

January 4, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that election analyst and University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato will address attendees at the 2012 NACDS Annual Meeting on April 21 to 24 in Palm Beach, Fla.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced that election analyst and University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato will address attendees at the 2012 NACDS Annual Meeting on April 21 to 24 in Palm Beach, Fla.

Sabato will offer remarks to NACDS Annual Meeting attendees during the business program on Sunday, April 22. 

January 4, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder made by Actavis, the drug maker said Wednesday.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder made by Actavis, the drug maker said Wednesday.

January 4, 2012

Ghirardelli is boosting its gourmet milk chocolate portfolio with the introduction of three new products.

SAN FRANCISCO — Ghirardelli is boosting its gourmet milk chocolate portfolio with the introduction of three new products.

The lineup now includes gourmet milk Creamy Devotion with 32% cacao chocolate, gourmet nilk Sea Salt Escape with sea salt and roasted almonds and gourmet milk Coconut Rendezvous, which features toasted coconut flakes.

Ghirardelli's gourmet milk line of products now are available in 3.5-oz. bars and 4.5-oz. and 5.25-oz. bags for suggested retail prices of $2.79 and $3.99, respectively.

January 4, 2012

Goody is launching for 2012 its first-ever heat styling products that are slated to hit Target and Walmart shelves in March.

ATLANTA — Goody is launching for 2012 its first-ever heat styling products that are slated to hit Target and Walmart shelves in March.

The new collection is comprised of the Goody Heat Flash Dry blow dryer, Smart Temp blow dryer and Wave Creator styling iron.

January 4, 2012

Helen of Troy has become the new owner of the Pur water purification products business, the company announced Tuesday.

EL PASO, Texas — Helen of Troy has become the new owner of the Pur water purification products business, the company announced Tuesday.

The company previously announced its intent to acquire Pur Water Purification Products company — including the worldwide Pur trademark, its current and future product line, assets related to the operations of the Pur business, manufacturing equipment and more than 200 patents — from Procter & Gamble in December.

January 4, 2012

According to a survey released by Identigene last week, more than half of adults with paternity questions have resolved to address their question in 2012. Men with paternity questions are twice as likely (51%) than women (25%) to address paternity in 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — According to a survey released by Identigene last week, more than half of adults with paternity questions have resolved to address their question in 2012. Men with paternity questions are twice as likely (51%) than women (25%) to address paternity in 2012.

Overall, as many as 11% of adults have reported they have personally been in a situation where a paternity test was appropriate; and nearly 1-in-5 (18%) said that they or a close friend or family member have questioned paternity.

January 4, 2012

Grocery chain K-VA-T Food Stores has adopted Revionics' price-optimization systems, the 104-store chain said Wednesday.

ABINGDON, Va. — Grocery chain K-VA-T Food Stores has adopted Revionics' price-optimization systems, the 104-store chain said Wednesday.

The company will deploy Revionics' Price Optimization and Promotion Optimization, which includes category planning tools, weekly price maintenance capabilities and optimized prices.

January 4, 2012

A new study published in the recent issue of Sleep has found that young Type 1 diabetics may have difficulty controlling their blood-sugar levels due to lack of sleep.

DARIEN, Ill. — A new study published in the recent issue of Sleep has found that young Type 1 diabetics may have difficulty controlling their blood-sugar levels due to lack of sleep.

January 4, 2012

Maybelline New York is defying the rules with its new Illegal Length Fiber Extensions mascara, which features fiber-extension technology for longer-looking lashes.

NEW YORK — Maybelline New York is defying the rules with its new Illegal Length Fiber Extensions mascara, which features fiber-extension technology for longer-looking lashes.

Maybelline New York has incorporated 4-mm black fibers into its formula. These elongated, dark fibers provide a dramatic length to lashes. Its exclusive Fiber Fix formula is designed to seal the fibers to each lash while the Fiber Fix brush catches each lash for optimal fiber placement.

January 4, 2012

Mojo Ventures has changed its name to better reflect its position as a producer and distributor of natural and organic beverages.

NEW YORK — Mojo Ventures has changed its name to better reflect its position as a producer and distributor of natural and organic beverages.

The company said its name change to Mojo Organics is effective immediately, adding that all future business activity will be undertaken with the new name.

January 4, 2012

Investment research firm Morningstar has named the outgoing CEO of Costco Wholesale as its 2011 CEO of the Year, the company said Wednesday.

CHICAGO — Investment research firm Morningstar has named the outgoing CEO of Costco Wholesale as its 2011 CEO of the Year, the company said Wednesday.

Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, who retired on New Year's Day, received the recognition for what Morningstar called his "exemplary corporate stewardship, independent thinking" and creating "lasting value for shareholders."

January 4, 2012

Women are increasing the time they spend researching products and are enticed by samples, according to the findings of a new report by Total Beauty Media Group, a digital publisher of beauty and health content.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Women are increasing the time they spend researching products and are enticed by samples, according to the findings of a new report by Total Beauty Media Group, a digital publisher of beauty and health content.

The new report, entitled "Get Added To The Shopping Cart: How Brands Can Better Engage Women Researching Products Online," provides insights on female shoppers, demonstrating how they engage with brands online.

January 4, 2012

Nutramax Labs on Tuesday announced the continuation of its partnership with Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer in promoting Cosamin joint health supplements in national and regional marketing campaigns and events.

EDGEWOOD, Md. — Nutramax Labs on Tuesday announced the continuation of its partnership with Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer in promoting Cosamin joint health supplements in national and regional marketing campaigns and events.

“We are pleased to enter into our 12th year of partnership with Jim Palmer,” stated Troy Henderson, VP corporate operations and professional services. "Palmer is an excellent [spokesman] for Cosamin joint health supplements because Cosamin is not just for athletes, but for anyone who is active.”

January 4, 2012

Coty’s NYC New York Color brand is introducing in its spring 2012 collection the new Matte Me Crazy and Big City Dazzle Sparkle topcoat for nails.

NEW YORK — Coty’s NYC New York Color brand is introducing in its spring 2012 collection the new Matte Me Crazy and Big City Dazzle Sparkle topcoat for nails.

With the new Matte Me Crazy topcoat, beauty mavens can move from shiny nails to matte for an instant dose of muted modern style by applying a coat of Matte Me Crazy.

Take nails from the office to after-hours with a quick-drying coat of sparkle with the Big City Sparkle topcoat. It can be applied to bare nails for sheer shine effect or layered over a nail color for a bold, eye-catching look.

January 4, 2012

Panasonic Healthcare Group on Tuesday announced the introduction of the R1-W digital hearing instrument, a line of hearing products that appeals to a broader user base of people with mild to severe hearing loss.

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Panasonic Healthcare Group on Tuesday announced the introduction of the R1-W digital hearing instrument, a line of hearing products that appeals to a broader user base of people with mild to severe hearing loss.

January 4, 2012

Perrigo last week announced that it has received final Food and Drug Administration approval for its generic prescription allergy remedy desloratadine 5 mg, the generic equivalent to Schering-Plough's Clarinex.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo last week announced that it has received final Food and Drug Administration approval for its generic prescription allergy remedy desloratadine 5 mg, the generic equivalent to Schering-Plough's Clarinex.

Under the terms of a patent-infringement suit settlement, Perrigo can commercially launch its generic desloratadine product July 1. The new product launch may be a prescription or over-the-counter product, depending on its status at the time of launch, Perrigo stated.

January 4, 2012

PFSweb, an international provider of end-to-end e-commerce solutions, has announced that it previously signed a five-year agreement with L’Oréal USA to develop and manage multiple end-to-end e-commerce solutions for some of L’Oréal’s most prestigious brands.

PLANO, Texas — PFSweb, an international provider of end-to-end e-commerce solutions, has announced that it previously signed a five-year agreement with L’Oréal USA to develop and manage multiple end-to-end e-commerce solutions for some of L’Oréal’s most prestigious brands.

January 4, 2012

In an effort to continue developing and studying its diabetes management products, PositiveID has teamed up with the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami and Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — In an effort to continue developing and studying its diabetes management products, PositiveID has teamed up with the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami and Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel.

January 4, 2012

Despite an overall decrease in free standing insert coupon activity, retailer promotion pages within the FSI vehicles recorded a 30.7% increase to more than 17 billion pages in 2011, continuing the significant annual increases in retailer promotion activity, which began in 2007, Kantar Media reported Wednesday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Despite an overall decrease in free standing insert coupon activity, retailer promotion pages within the FSI vehicles recorded a 30.7% increase to more than 17 billion pages in 2011, continuing the significant annual increases in retailer promotion activity, which began in 2007, Kantar Media reported Wednesday.

Overall, the number of free-standing insert coupons distributed through 2011 dropped 6.5% compared with 2010. This decline in FSI coupon activity followed two consecutive years of annual increases of 8% in 2009 and 7.2% in 2010.

January 4, 2012

Americans make hundreds of millions of New Year's resolutions every year, following some to the letter and ignoring others. Health-related resolutions are among the most common, giving pharmacy retailers a way to pitch in and help.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Americans make hundreds of millions of New Year's resolutions every year, following some to the letter and ignoring others. Health-related resolutions are among the most common, giving pharmacy retailers a way to pitch in and help.

January 4, 2012

Sara Lee has acquired an ultra-premium tea business based in Massachusetts.

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Sara Lee has acquired an ultra-premium tea business based in Massachusetts.

The company said it acquired Tea Forté, a company founded in 2003 by former Museum of Modern Art designer Peter Hewitt, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, Sara Lee said, strategically fits the company's strategy to spin off its CoffeeTeaCo business. CoffeeTeaCo will retain the current management team of Tea Forté to run the business independently before integrating it into its international coffee and tea operations, Sara Lee noted.