Reporters Notebook — General Merchandise, 12/13/10

Bic’s animal-themed lighters

Supplier News — Say goodbye to sweat stains with a new pretreatment stain remover from PharmaWorks. PitStop, PharmaWorks’ new innovation, removes stubborn yellow armpit stains by lifting and dissolving sweat-stain deposits, and it even can be used on old stains and rings around shirt collars. PitStop retails for $12.50 for a 12-oz. bottle. 

Bic is gearing up to unveil two special-edition series of lighters in the new year. Coming soon are the animal series and pop culture series of lighters, which feature a broad array of designs to fit any consumer’s personality. Each lighter will carry a suggested retail price of $1.59. “The fresh, eye-catching designs are instantly recognizable by both males and females that identify with popular culture or strong-willed animals,” said Mark Funderburk, associate brand manager of lighters at Bic Consumer Products USA. 

Clear Conscience Pet has developed a new line of pet treats that includes natural roasted bison liver and bison cartilage chews. The treats are grain-free and gluten-free, with no chemical preservatives or additives, as well as no added growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics. The liver treats are made with a patent-pending process that combines organic vegetables with the healthy meats, the company said.

American Greetings is bringing laughs on the go with its latest line. Pocket Talkers offer a whole new take on funny sound cards. The cards feature detachable talking characters that are sure to entertain, the company said. Each “talker” is mounted to the front of the greeting card and is ready to serve up a series of funny audio clips at the push of a button.

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