Bite-Lite to launch mosquito-repelling candles
BETHEL, Conn. — A new line of mosquito-repelling candles is slated to make its nationwide debut.
Bite-Lite said its candles feature a proprietary blend of essential oils that works by attacking the mosquito’s sensors, which wards off the biting insects. Bite-Lite’s candles will be available as luminaries, soy jars, soy tins and votives.
The company said that its new mosquito-repelling candle line will be presented at the National Hardware Show this week. Bite-Lite candles will be sold by retailers across the United States and on the Bite-Lite website.
Survey: Growing concern over food and gas prices
Chicago — In its most recent consumer sentiment and behavior survey, Technomic, the Chicago-based food industry research firm, found that 84% of consumers believe that grocery prices have risen in the past three months and 62% believe restaurant prices have risen.
Bob Goldin, executive VP of Technomic, believes that the rapid rise in gas prices, now at record highs, has raised consumer sensitivity to price increases in grocery stores and restaurants.
"Consumers are deeply concerned about the price of gas, which they expect to continue to rise,” he said. “As a result, they are very likely to reduce their spending on groceries and restaurant meals and increase their reliance on coupons and deals."
Goldin also notes that consumers have become more aware of total value, of which package/portion size is a key component, and urges food and restaurant companies to be sensitive to the risks of downsizing.
New California bill seeks to regulate alcohol sales at self-service checkouts
SAN FRANCISCO — A new bill introduced by a California assemblywoman aims to curb the sale of alcohol to minors by prohibiting sales at self-service checkouts.
Assembly Bill 183, introduced last month by Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, was passed by the assembly committee. Assemblywoman Ma said that self-service checkouts are susceptible to technological failures, allowing minors to purchase alcohol.
“Underage drinking costs California taxpayers an estimated $8.1 billion annually,” Ma said. “AB 183 seeks to prevent alcohol from getting in the wrong hands and protects the public and our youth. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
The introduction of this bill is said to affect retailers, particularly Tesco’s U.S. operation Fresh & Easy, which utilizes self-service checkouts and sells alcohol in its stores. According to MF Global analyst Mike Dennis, the chain could be hurt by the legislation.
"The bill (is) nicknamed ‘Tesco Fresh & Easy Law’ because Tesco’s Fresh & Easy has 126 stores [out of its 175 total store count] in California, and is the only grocery chain that offers only self-service checkout and not the full-service options that you would get in Stater Bros. or Safeway," Dennis was quoted as saying.
Last month, the retailer disclosed a $300 million loss during the 2010-2011 financial year ended Feb. 26. Despite this, however, Tesco CEO Philip Clarke said expansion plans for Fresh & Easy will be implemented.