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Ancient Harvest expands line of gluten-free products

BY Ryan Chavis

BOULDER, Colo. — Ancient Harvest, a provider of organic, non-GMO and gluten-free foods, on Monday announced the launch of new Mac & Cheese and Culinary Ancient Grain lines. The new offerings are supported by new packaging and a revamped website.

"As a registered dietitian, I’m thrilled to offer new options to our health-conscious customers who we know strive to follow an optimal diet without sacrificing enjoyment, taste and culinary authenticity," said Constance Roark, RDN and director of marketing at Ancient Harvest.

The Mac & Cheese line consists of four flavors, including White Cheddar, Sharp Cheddar and two varieties of Mild Cheddar, for an MSRP of $4.29. The Culinary Ancient Grains is made up of quinoa, millet and amaranth, and is available in Sea Salt and Herb, Butter and Parmesan, Spanish Style and Spicy Curry for an MSRP of $3.79.

Consumers can find Ancient Harvest products in natural food stores and supermarkets nationwide.

 

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GPhA names pharmacy veteran to sciences and regulatory affairs role

BY Ryan Chavis

WASHINGTON — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Monday hired Felecia (Lisa) Tan for the role of AVP sciences and regulatory affairs. Tan, a former practicing pharmacist, brings more than 25 yeas of healthcare and FDA experience to GPhA.

“We are delighted that Lisa Tan has joined the GPhA staff. Her hiring demonstrates our continued commitment to making collaboration with FDA a key priority,” said Ralph G. Neas, GPhA president and CEO. “Lisa’s private sector background and her extensive experience at FDA, particularly in the Office of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Office of Generic Drugs, will help make the generic drug industry an even stronger partner with FDA in the future. Lisa’s mastery of the abbreviated new drug approval regulatory framework will be invaluable in the association’s efforts to work with FDA to enhance the ANDA process and support the full application of the Generic Drug User Fee Act.”

At the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s OPS and OGD, Tan was responsible for streamlining processes and protocols, receiving multiple awards for her operations leadership and technical expertise. Prior to her time at the FDA, Tan held several pharmacy management position. She received a pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

 

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New Savings.com report shows uptick in redemption rates

BY Ryan Chavis

LOS ANGELES — Savings.com found a 10% increase in coupon redemptions for April 2014, leading the way for a robust May shopping season. The monthly report analyzes current retail sales trends and coupon redemption rates, and provides insight on the impact that those redemptions have on upcoming buying periods.

"Analyzing retail trends in the couponing industry provides deep insights into the ways consumers are purchasing across a wide range of retailers," said Seth Barnes, head of marketing at Savings.com. "Our ability to track coupon redemption rates allows us to predict consumers purchasing patterns and pinpoint how consumers are currently interacting with retailers."

The report also delved into redemption rate performance at Macy’s. In April, the retailer’s deal redemptions on Savings.com were up 60% compared to the same time last year. Other key insights share in the report include an emphasis on mobile: Savings.com grew 98% year-over year and more than half of the searches for household brands came from smartphones.

To view the full report, visit Savings.com/RetailReports.

 

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