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December 5, 2011

Texting and social media have not killed the traditional greeting card business.

Texting and social media have not killed the traditional greeting card business. “Facebook has caused most people to acknowledge more birthdays than ever before, but they aren’t sending fewer cards as a result,” said Susan January, president of the Greeting Card Association and VP of Leanin’ Tree Cards.

December 2, 2011

Unilever is looking to close the Alberto-Culver plant outside of Chicago in Melrose Park in 2013, and, in a few months, will begin laying off at least 600 employees, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

NEW YORK — Unilever is looking to close the Alberto-Culver plant outside of Chicago in Melrose Park in 2013, and, in a few months, will begin laying off at least 600 employees, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

Unilever spokeswoman Anita Larsen told the Chicago Sun-Times, “This decision was taken as a result of a review of the company’s manufacturing network in order to achieve cost efficiencies.”

December 1, 2011

Actavis is in the process of bringing FeverAll acetaminophen suppositories back to the market, the company announced. FeverAll had been unavailable while changes were being made at the product's manufacturing facility.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Actavis is in the process of bringing FeverAll acetaminophen suppositories back to the market, the company announced. FeverAll had been unavailable while changes were being made at the product's manufacturing facility.

November 30, 2011

National Bio+Green Sciences has created HandSan, which is positioned as the first-ever alcohol-free, organic hand cleanser made solely from purified water and vitamins with no artificial preservatives.

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — National Bio+Green Sciences has created HandSan, which is positioned as the first-ever alcohol-free, organic hand cleanser made solely from purified water and vitamins with no artificial preservatives.

“Like all Bio+Green Crystals products, our HandSan is an eco-friendly product created in America using local components whenever possible, supporting regional and national businesses, and creating quality manufacturing-based jobs,” stated Nik Renieris, founder and CEO of National Bio+Green Sciences.

November 29, 2011

Maxell has introduced a rechargeable lithium ion battery designed to operate in low temperatures, the company said.

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — Maxell has introduced a rechargeable lithium ion battery designed to operate in low temperatures, the company said.

With a discharge temperature range of -30 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius and 2300mAh capacity, the cell can operate in various products across various markets, including data capture, mobile computing, portable printing, communications, e-bikes, and gardening tools, Maxell said.

The new introduction follows the July launch of Maxell's zero-mercury, zero-lead silver oxide cell.

November 23, 2011

British drug maker Shire is looking to make a biotech drug for a rare genetic disorder at a new manufacturing plant in Massachusetts.

LEXINGTON, Mass. — British drug maker Shire is looking to make a biotech drug for a rare genetic disorder at a new manufacturing plant in Massachusetts.

The company said Tuesday that it had filed with the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency for approval to produce the Gaucher disease drug Vpriv (velaglucerase alfa) at its Lexington, Mass., plant. The company expects to win approval to make the drug there early next year.

November 15, 2011

German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals invested more than $350 million in its U.S. operations this year, the company said Tuesday.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals invested more than $350 million in its U.S. operations this year, the company said Tuesday.

November 10, 2011

Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., last week introduced a bill — the Dietary Supplement Protection Act of 2011 — that would reclassify approximately 25,000 supplements launched between Oct. 15, 1994, and Jan. 1, 2007, as "grandfathered" supplements and not subject to proposed new dietary ingredient regulations.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., last week introduced a bill — the Dietary Supplement Protection Act of 2011 — that would reclassify approximately 25,000 supplements launched between Oct. 15, 1994, and Jan. 1, 2007, as "grandfathered" supplements and not subject to proposed new dietary ingredient regulations.

November 8, 2011

Skin care company Murad, whose products are sold at several locations, including Sephora and Ulta, has named Beverly Parsons as COO.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Skin care company Murad, whose products are sold at several locations, including Sephora and Ulta, has named Beverly Parsons as COO.

Parsons will report to general manager Richard Murad. In this role, Parsons will be responsible for procurement (purchasing, packaging engineering and quality control), as well as supply chain planning, distribution center operations and logistics, and information technology functions.

November 7, 2011

A new report from the Food and Drug Administration indicated that Roche division Genentech may not have followed proper procedures to prevent the contamination of certain drugs, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A new report from the Food and Drug Administration indicated that Roche division Genentech may not have followed proper procedures to prevent the contamination of certain drugs, according to published reports.

Dow Jones Newswires reported that an FDA report from September regarding an inspection of a plant in South San Francisco, Calif., found problems related to gaskets and caps used to cover vials of the cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab).

The caps are made by a contract manufacturer, according to the reports.

November 4, 2011

Chobani is forging ahead with its strategic growth initiative by opening a second domestic manufacturing plant.

NORWICH, N.Y. — Chobani is forging ahead with its strategic growth initiative by opening a second domestic manufacturing plant.

The company said it plans to invest over $100 million to build a state-of-the-art, high capacity production facility in Twin Falls, Idaho. The company said it expects its planned investment to garner more than $200 million in regional sales.

Chobani's current South Edmeston, N.Y.-based manufacturing plant, which will be expanded, will not be impacted by the decision to open a second facility, the company noted.

November 1, 2011

Drug maker Impax Labs reported sales of $119.8 million and profits of $20 million in third quarter 2011, according to an earnings report released Tuesday.

HAYWARD, Calif. — Drug maker Impax Labs reported sales of $119.8 million and profits of $20 million in third quarter 2011, according to an earnings report released Tuesday.

The latest sales figures represented a $12.2 million increase over third quarter 2010, while profits were $4.2 million higher.

November 1, 2011

Pharmavite on Monday broke ground on the company’s new manufacturing and packaging facility in Opelika, Ala.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite on Monday broke ground on the company’s new manufacturing and packaging facility in Opelika, Ala. Representatives from Pharmavite were joined by Alabama governor Robert Bentley, Alabama speaker Mike Hubbard, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers and local community and business leaders.

October 31, 2011

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday to address the growing problem of drug shortages.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday to address the growing problem of drug shortages.

October 31, 2011

Procter & Gamble on Monday announced its third year of being an official sponsor of the National Football League in support of its Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Prilosec OTC and Vicks brands.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble on Monday announced its third year of being an official sponsor of the National Football League in support of its Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Prilosec OTC and Vicks brands.

October 31, 2011

Unilever has inked a definitive agreement to sell one of its divisions for $325 million in cash.

LONDON and ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Unilever has inked a definitive agreement to sell one of its divisions for $325 million in cash.

Unilever said it plans to sell its Culver Specialty Brands division — which houses such brands as Mrs. Dash, Molly McButter, Bakers Joy, Sugar Twin and Static Guard, which are sold in the United States and Canada — to B&G Foods. The division, which garnered $90 million in revenue for Unilever for the 12 months ended in September, became part of the company after Unilever's acquisition of Alberto-Culver.

October 28, 2011

EO Products, a manufacturer of natural and organic body care, has announced that its entire line of soaps and lotions has received NON-GMO verification from the NON-GMO Project.

CORTE MADERA, Calif. — EO Products, a manufacturer of natural and organic body care, has announced that its entire line of soaps and lotions has received NON-GMO verification from the NON-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project offers third-party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organism) avoidance.

October 19, 2011

Concepts in Health on Wednesday reported it successfully has defended its MidNite Sleep Remedy patent from possible infringement by Contract Pharmacal, which had been manufacturing a store-brand version.

BLAUVELT, N.Y. — Concepts in Health on Wednesday reported it successfully has defended its MidNite Sleep Remedy patent from possible infringement by Contract Pharmacal, which had been manufacturing a store-brand version.

According to Concepts, Contract Pharmacal agreed to discontinue manufacturing and selling CVS Natural Sleep Aid or any substantially similar product. Additionally, CPC will not challenge the validity or enforceability of the MidNite patent (U.S. Patent 6,703,412).

October 11, 2011

Two senior leaders at Eli Lilly are retiring, the company said Tuesday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Two senior leaders at Eli Lilly are retiring, the company said Tuesday.

The Indianapolis-based drug maker announced the Dec. 31 retirements of Lilly SVP and Bio-Medicines president Bryce Carmine, and president of manufacturing operations Frank Deane. Carmine and Deane have worked at Lilly for 36 years and 33 years, respectively. Lilly USA president Dave Ricks will replace Carmine, while SVP global drug product manufacturing Maria Crowe will replace Deane.

October 5, 2011

AccuDial Pharmaceutical on Tuesday acquired Stephen Key Design in a move that will expand AccuDial’s patent portfolio to more than 50 patents for weight-based dosing and other extended content rotating labels, which add 75% more labeling space to a container.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — AccuDial Pharmaceutical on Tuesday acquired Stephen Key Design in a move that will expand AccuDial’s patent portfolio to more than 50 patents for weight-based dosing and other extended content rotating labels, which add 75% more labeling space to a container.

October 4, 2011

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries last month said that it has resolved issues cited in a warning letter sent to the company by the Food and Drug Administration pertaining to one of Sun Pharma's U.S.-based manufacturing facilities.

MUMBAI, India — Sun Pharmaceutical Industries last month said that it has resolved issues cited in a warning letter sent to the company by the Food and Drug Administration pertaining to one of Sun Pharma's U.S.-based manufacturing facilities.

September 22, 2011

Toys“R”Us announced this week its top toy list for the holiday season.

WAYNE, N.J. — Toys“R”Us announced this week its top toy list for the holiday season.

This year's list, which features new items for kids of all ages, includes:

  • Air Hogs Hyper Actives from Spin Master;

  • Air Swimmers eXtreme from Animal Planet;

  • Lalaloopsy Silly Hair dolls from MGA Entertainment;

  • LeapPad Explorer from LeapFrog;

  • Monster High Fearleading 3-Pack from Mattel;

September 15, 2011

Procter & Gamble's Duracell brand announced a joint venture with wireless charger company Powermat.

BETHEL, Conn., and NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble's Duracell brand announced a joint venture with wireless charger company Powermat.

As part of the strategic alliance between Duracell and Powermat, the companies will deliver best-in-class wireless power solutions. Additionally, P&G also expects to make an equity investment in Powermat.

The joint venture is expected to commence next year, the companies said.

September 13, 2011

Pharmavite late Tuesday announced it has chosen Opelika, Ala., as the location for its new manufacturing and packaging facility.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite late Tuesday announced it has chosen Opelika, Ala., as the location for its new manufacturing and packaging facility.

“This is an important step in the growth of Pharmavite and we are very excited to soon become part of the Opelika and greater Alabama community,” Pharmavite COO Mark Walsh said. “Our new Opelika facility will allow us to have manufacturing capacity near the East coast markets, which make up a significant portion of our business.”

September 12, 2011

At press time, Hurricane Irene was slowly barreling toward the East Coast and threatening the area with a deluge that prompted cities to shut down and had store shelves wiped clean.


At press time, Hurricane Irene was slowly barreling toward the East Coast and threatening the area with a deluge that prompted cities to shut down and had store shelves wiped clean.