03/26/2012 - 6:08pm

Tums has proven to be the Houdini of digestive tablets — surviving all digestive switch products from H2 blockers through proton-pump inhibitors, and still growing.

03/26/2012 - 6:08pm

The recent Food and Drug Administration public meeting on driving future switch potential by way of the pharmacist and/or health technology sparked some discussion on what’s next.


03/09/2012 - 12:34pm

Drug stores are cautiously expanding their consumer electronics selections. MP3 players, digital cameras and pre-paid mobile phones are finding a place beside the more traditional mix of handheld tape players and clock radios in the channel.

03/09/2012 - 12:26pm

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods showed the biggest gains in the last three years in the ethnic food category.

03/08/2012 - 5:42pm

As sales of facial anti-age products slip, the body anti-aging segment also is hitting some wrinkles, according to SymphonyIRI 
Group, a Chicago-based market research firm.


03/08/2012 - 5:41pm

Portable oral care continues to be on the upswing, and it is likely that the segment will continue to experience growth as Americans age and take more medications and oral health conditions also rise.

03/08/2012 - 5:41pm



The tooth-whitening segment may not be as red hot as it was in years past, but it’s still on the upswing as consumers continue to look for ways to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.

03/08/2012 - 5:41pm

Innovation is helping to bolster sales of power toothbrushes. According to SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicago-based market research firm, sales of power toothbrushes rose more than 3% during the 52 weeks ended Jan. 22 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart).


03/08/2012 - 5:41pm

Rechargeable batteries represent a growth area for retailers. A report from the Freedonia Group indicated that alkaline batteries remain the most prevalent type of primary battery, accounting for more than 70% of demand.