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Abbott’s ZonePerfect brand debuts Greek yogurt nutrition bars

BY Jason Owen

ABBOTT PARK, Ill. — Abbott’s ZonePerfect brand this week introduced three Greek yogurt flavors to its nutrition bar family — chocolate, vanilla berry and raspberry — expanding the ZonePerfect nutrition bar offering to 27 flavors.

With the popularity of Greek yogurt, ZonePerfect Greek bars give both yogurt and nutrition bar lovers another nutritious snack option. The bars combine Greek yogurt with 12 g of protein and three g of fiber.

ZonePerfect Greek bars are available nationwide in the nutrition aisle in select grocery stores, drug stores and mass merchandisers, and are sold in packs of five. They can also be ordered online at www.AbbottStore.com.

Earlier this year, ZonePerfect launched a Kidz ZonePerfect line and added a new flavor to its Perfectly Simple line: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.


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Red Carpet Manicure launches light-activated nail treatments

BY Antoinette Alexander

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Red Carpet Manicure, which manufactures an at-home LED gel manicure system, has officially unveiled its new nail, cuticle and hand treatments.

At a press event in New York City on Wednesday, the company highlighted the five-item collection, which is the first of its kind, DIY light-activated gel nail treatment to help nails become stronger and longer. The treatments are priced at $14.99 each.

“After spending the past year introducing consumers to our at-home LED gel polish system, we were asked by consumers to expand our technologies to address nail care,” stated Barry Shields, managing partner of Red Carpet Manicure. “As a brand, we truly listen to our consumers and constantly work to formulate the best nail science to care for our customers’ most valued accessories, their nails and hands.”

The new Nail Remedy, which is infused with botanicals and vitamins, applies like a base coat, and nails are stronger within seconds of curing in the Red Carpet Manicure LED light. There’s also the new Nail Recovery treatment, which is formulated to rejuvenate brittle, peeling nails. Also light activated, the treatment is infused with a concentration of berries and vitamins to encourage healthier natural nail growth. Both treatments can be used alone or as a base coat prior to applying standard nail color or LED gel nail polish.

To care for cuticles, there’s the new Cuticle Balm and Cuticle Elixir. The Cuticle Balm rehydrates dry and cracked nail beds, while the Cuticle Elixir is a serum designed to soothe tender, damaged cuticles.

Also new is the Youth Crème for hands, cuticles and nails. The Youth Crème is ideal for use after each manicure and pedicure.

In addition to developing the new treatments, Red Carpet Manicure has also launched an LED light with a USB port for the ultimate convenience. And as part of its growing line of LED gel polishes, the European and Designer collections became available as of March. Crystal Gems, Nail Glitz Designer Nail Glitters and Professional Nail Appliqués round out the brand’s array of 2013 new products.

 

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Target profits decline in first quarter, but company sees strong omnichannel sales growth

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Colder weather and more conservative shoppers contributed to a drop in Target Corp.’s first-quarter 2013 profits, but the company’s underlying business remains healthy, executives said Wednesday morning in a conference call with investors.

"While we are not satisfied with this quarter’s performance, we remain highly confident in our strategy," president, chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said during the call.

Despite lower sales in seasonal and weather-sensitive categories, comps in such categories as health, personal care and consumables were strongest, experiencing single-digit growth.

The company’s has made significant investments in its mobile and online business, which Steinhafel said is "rapidly becoming the key platform for digital commerce across all retail." For target, digital sales have been growing in the "high teens," while the company has seen triple-digit mobile-channel sales.

That includes Cartwheel, an app launched under partnership with Facebook that Target is beta testing. The app allows users to find offers on products by browsing the system or looking at friends’ activities and add up to 10 to a favorites list, being able to purchase the item once a red check appears in the corner of the offer card and print a special barcode from their desktop computers or use their mobile devices in-store to access it. During the call, EVP merchandising and supply chain Kathryn Tesija said thousands of users had signed up for Cartwheel in the first week.

The company has also continued testing its same-day delivery services with Google and eBay, which started in the San Francisco area earlier this year.

Most recently, Target has been testing an online movie- and TV-streaming service called Target Ticket, and the company announced the opening of a San Francisco Office that will allow it to tap Silicon Valley talent to develop new omnichannel products.

In terms of new stores, Target plans to open 20 more in Canada later in the quarter, for a total of 124 stores by the end of the year. It also opened six new U.S. stores in the first quarter, including its sixth small-format City Target location, in Los Angeles. Tiseja said that while it was too early to draw any lessons from the Canadian stores, it had applied some ideas from the City Target stores in Canada, as both tend to be located in relatively dense urban areas.

The mass-merchandise retailer reported U.S. sales of $16.6 billion, a 0.5% increase over last year’s $16.5 billion, while comps declined by 0.6%. The chain’s new Canadian segment’s first 24 stores registered sales of $86 million. Profit for the quarter was $498 million, down from $697 million last year.

 

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