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Back to Nature Foods Co.voluntarily recalls two SKUs

BY Allison Cerra

MADISON, Wis. An organic foods company announced a voluntary recall of a trail mix containing pistachio nuts that may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Back to Nature Foods Company stated Wednesday that this possible contamination is not connected with the recent outbreak associated with peanuts or peanut butter.

The following products are being recalled and consumers should not eat them:

  • Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, 28 oz. bag, UPC code 59283-00020 and a “best by” date between Aug. 20 and Dec. 12 of this year.
  • Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix, 10 oz. bag, UPC code 59283-31039 and a “best by” date between Nov. 4 and Dec. 12 of this year.

Consumers can find the “best by” date on the back of the package and should discard any product they have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-866-538-8280 with any questions.

There have been no cases of Salmonellosis reported to date in connection with these products and the company is issuing this recall as a precaution. The products were distributed to retail stores nationwide.

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Research firm anticipates grim holiday sales this spring

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES Peter Cottontail may not have enough eggs in his basket as holiday expenditure is expected to decline 8%, according to an independent research firm.

Total sales from Easter clothing, candy, flowers, decorations, food and greeting cards are expected to fall from $14.8 billion in 2008 to $13.6 in 2009, IBISWorld reported Tuesday. The anticipated decline is indicative of the current financial climate.

Candy sales in particular are estimated to reach only $1.77 billion, down by 10.2% from Easter 2008. Interestingly, the forecast for candy sales could have been much worse had it not been for the holiday’s calendar date.

“Easter falls on April 12, compared to March 23 of last year, so candy producers and marketers have 20 additional days to merchandise their products and entice the public to spend,” said George Van Horn, senior analyst with IBISWorld. “This will cushion some of the inevitable blow on spending.”

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Charmin launches global sponsorship with ‘Sit Or Squat’ Web site and mobile phone application

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Charmin, the country’s leading toilet paper, is launching a new global sponsorship of the “SitOrSquat” Web site, iPhone and Blackberry application, designed to help people on-the-go find the cleanest public restrooms around the world.

“Our goal is to connect Charmin with innovative conversations and solutions as a brand that understands the importance of bringing the best bathroom experience to consumers, even when they’re away from home,” stated Jacques Hagopian, brand manager for Charmin. “Helping people find a bathroom that is clean and comfortable is exactly what the SitOrSquat project is all about.”

This is the first time that a toilet paper brand has partnered with a downloadable mobile application. The SitOrSquat iPhone and Blackberry application is the world’s first Wiki for recording and accessing bathroom information globally. SitOrSquat allows users to find bathrooms, changing tables, handicap access and other amenities with ease. The application users are responsible to add content to the service and provide feedback when they’ve used one of the featured toilets. To date, SitOrSquat has over 52,000 toilets in 10 countries worldwide.

Since the SitorSquat service launched, over 1,600 users have downloaded the application and the SitOrSquat has over 500,000 unique visitors to date.

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