March 13, 2014

More Americans are more often seeking their ounce of prevention. According to Bain & Co.’s recent Healthy Living Survey, 75% of consumers are in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Take that predominant mindset, coupled with the outcomes-driven preventive focus associated with the Affordable Care Act, and you have a formula for OTC success at retail pharmacy.

March 13, 2014

Beauty retailer Sephora has unveiled its new Beauty Board, a social shopping platform to engage shoppers through beauty images and allow them to post, share, browse and shop Sephora’s photo gallery directly on the retailer's web site, the mobile site, iPhone and Android apps.

March 13, 2014

Snyder's of Hanover has launched new Pretzel Spoonz, a double-ended, spoon-shaped pretzel designed for scooping up dips, cheese and spreads.

March 13, 2014

Using azithromycin and levofloxacin increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmia and death, according to a study of U.S. veterans.

March 13, 2014

Men and women with large waist circumferences — even those with a healthy body mass index — are more likely to die younger, and were more likely to die from such illnesses as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer after accounting for BMI, smoking, alcohol use and physical activity, according to a study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher.

March 13, 2014

With consumers engaging more directly with businesses through mobile and social media, more than 60% of CIOs will focus more heavily on improving the customer experience and getting closer to customers, according to a new report released by IBM.

March 13, 2014

Target is celebrating on March 14 the official grand opening of its Toronto Stockyards store. This is its first from-the-ground-up build in Toronto, which marks a major milestone for the retailer as it continues its expansion across the country through 2014.

March 13, 2014

TriDerma, a provider in medical strength skin care products, has announced that its Facial Redness Repair and Psoriasis Control Skin Healing Creams are now available in California Target stores.

March 13, 2014

Beauty retailer Ulta Beauty posted double-digit sales gains for the fourth-quarter and a 9.5% boost in net income.

March 13, 2014

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors have launched the $10 million Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

March 12, 2014

Ahold USA announced that its private-label teas now feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, and that its private-label coffees are UTZ Certified. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to be a responsible retailer, the company said.

March 12, 2014

Breyers, a brand from Unilever, is expanding its line of products with the debut of new Breyers Gelato Indulgences, available in four varieties.

March 12, 2014

The digital marketing initiative known as “My Weekly Ad” is helping CVS Caremark grow sales and deepen engagement with loyal customers by providing them with personalized versions of the retailer’s weekly ad. The program was launched last fall, and Wednesday morning during a presentation at the IRI Summit CVS Caremark SVP of merchandising and retail pricing Judy Sansone shared additional details regarding the program.

March 12, 2014

Upsher-Smith has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for Qudexy XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules, a once-daily, broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug specifically engineered to deliver a smooth pharmacokinetic profile.

March 12, 2014

Pacific World’s new Fuse Gelnamel has been voted the “Best Honeymoon Gel Lacquer of 2014” by Brides Magazine.

March 12, 2014

Grocer H-E-B has introduced in March its own line of organic products that focus on everyday pantry staples such as canned tomatoes and vegetables, cereal, crackers, fruit and specialty spreads and coffee.

March 12, 2014

Prescription and over-the-counter products are often the first remedy consumers turn to when seeking relief from such conditions as allergies and heartburn, according to IRI. In its latest report, "Best Practices for Rx-to-OTC Product Launches," the company offers some tactics to help drive success for companies looking to execute the category switch.

March 12, 2014

IRI announced on Wednesday the results of its 2013 New Product Pacesetters report, a benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year consumer packaged goods sales success for newly launched products.

March 12, 2014

Clif Kid, a maker of organic snacks for kids, has announced the nationwide availability of the newest addition to the Clif Kid Zbar line — Zbar Protein.

March 12, 2014

Mondelez International, a snack industry leader whose portfolio includes such brands as Oreo and Nabisco, announced a plan to improve the well-being of our planet and people.

March 12, 2014

Citing pharmacist-administered medication therapy management, recognition of pharmacists as healthcare providers, the need for fair and accurate pharmacy reimbursement in state Medicaid programs and other pharmacy services, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sent a statement to lawmakers urging them to consider pharmacy provisions within the “Fiscal 2015 Budget,” released by the administration last week.

March 12, 2014

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the National Minority Quality Forum announced on Wednesday a first-of-its-kind national campaign to help increase diversity in clinical trials.

March 12, 2014

The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to pass legislation that would require online and remote sellers to collect state and local sales taxes, telling a House committee that lawmakers should level the playing field between local retailers and out-of-state competitors.

March 12, 2014

A new study suggests that calcium and vitamin D supplements after menopause can improve women's cholesterol profiles, and much of that effect is tied to raising vitamin D levels.