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Combos adds 7 Layer Dip tortilla chip to lineup

BY Jason Owen

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate North America today unveiled new Combos Baked Snacks 7 Layer Dip Tortilla, a new spin on the popular appetizer. The new 7 Layer Dip Tortilla variety combines Tex-Mex flavors in a crunchy tortilla shell.

Combos Baked Snacks 7 Layer Dip Tortilla combines seven flavors — cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato, refried beans, onion and spicy jalapeno peppers.

"When people think about road trip snacks, they think about Combos brand," said Roy Benin, chief consumer officer, Mars Chocolate North America. "The new 7 Layer Dip Tortilla variety makes a long-time party food favorite portable, so people can enjoy the unique flavor combination anywhere they go."

Combos baked snacks are cheese-filled pretzels, crackers and tortillas made with real cheese. The new 7 Layer Dip Tortilla flavor expands the Combos brand portfolio to eight flavor varieties, including Cheddar Cheese Pretzel, Pizzeria Pretzel, Cheddar Cheese Cracker, Buffalo Blue Cheese Pretzel and more.

New 7 Layer Dip Tortilla will be available in 1.5 oz. singles and 6.3 oz. medium bags at most grocery, convenience and drug stores or wherever snack foods are sold.


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Vidal Sassoon Pro Series celebrates 50th anniversary of bob hairstyle

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Vidal Sassoon Pro Series is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic bob hairstyle; the brand has launched the “Show Your Genius” Facebook contest.

In 1963, Vidal Sassoon’s the bob and five-point cut set new standards in hairdressing, igniting a movement in women worldwide to emulate the iconic look. The shape of the cut gave women the freedom to maintain a fashion-forward yet low-maintenance hairstyle, a key element responsible for its widespread adoption.

“As someone who trained at Vidal Sassoon, the bob is a very important haircut to me,” stated Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Fashion and celebrity hairstylist ambassador Ben Skervin, who trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. “It was the second haircut that I ever learned to do. The line had to be so sharp — it took quite a few months to master.”

Via its “Show Your Genius” Facebook contest, the hair care brand is inviting fans to share a “selfie” of their best hairstyle for a chance to win $1,000, a vintage accessory and a year’s supply of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series products. Fans can submit their best hairstyle from now until June 18, and then have the opportunity to vote on the top looks.
 


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Walgreens posts third-quarter sales gains of 3.3%

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday posted third-quarter sales of $18.3 billion, up 3.3%. Same-store sales were up 1.3%, with front-end comparable store sales up by 0.3% and pharmacy comp sales up 2%. Prescriptions filled were up 7% for the quarter. 

Sales of Walgreens’ shares closed up 60 cents to $48.63 on Wednesday.

Walgreens reported that more than 72 million Walgreens faithful have signed on for the company’s Balance Rewards loyalty program through May. 

Walgreens’ May sales totaled $6.2 billion, representing an increase of 4.3%, with a 2.8% lift in same-store sales. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 7.1% in May and increased 7.5% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. This year’s May had one additional Friday and one fewer Tuesday compared with May 2012. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 40 basis points.

May pharmacy sales increased by 4.4%, while comparable store pharmacy sales increased 3.8% and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 4.2%. 

Pharmacy sales accounted for 63.1% of total sales for the month.

Total front-end sales increased 3.4% compared with the same month in fiscal 2012, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.2%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 3.5% while basket size increased 4.7%.

Walgreens opened 13 stores during May, including two relocations, and closed one.

 

 

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