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CRN celebrates 100 years of vitamins

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday honored the 100th anniversary of the "vitamin," a term that was coined by Casimir Funk, a Polish-American biochemist, in 1912. In the century since then, scientists have uncovered the specific functions of vitamins and established the many benefits of adequate intakes of the nutrients.

“Even the most conscientious consumers find it difficult to get all the nutrients they need from food alone,” stated Annette Dickinson, author of a new book, "The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements" published by the Council for Responsible Nutrition. “We hope that the 100th anniversary commemoration will remind consumers that nutrient shortfalls can have health consequences and that supplementing the diet with vitamins can positively benefit our lives."  

CRN recently released the fourth edition of "The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements," which assesses the current state of the science on the health benefits associated with nutritional supplements. The report relays that consistent, rational use of vitamins contributes to overall health and wellness throughout all age groups, lifestyles, and life stages.

The book can be downloaded at no charge at Crnusa.org/benefits.


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Fiber One Chewy bars cater to kids

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Fiber One has introduced new snack bars for kids.

Fiber One Chewy bars tout 110 calroies or less and 8 g or less of sugar and do not contain high-fructose corn syrup, Fiber One said. The bars are available in chocolate and strawberry PB&J varieties and are complete with a peanut butter or chocolate-flavored bottom.

"Kids won’t be able to resist the taste and parents won’t be able resist the wholesome goodness of new Fiber One Chewy bars," Fiber One associate marketing manager Julia Travis said. "We’re excited to bring the delicious taste of classic, kid-favorite flavors chocolate and strawberry PB&J to the table."

New Fiber One Chewy bars are available in six-count box (1-oz. bars) for a suggested retail price of $3.89.

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CVS Caremark raises 2012 estimate of impact from Walgreens-Express Scripts stalemate

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In light of Thursday’s news that Walgreens will re-enter Express Scripts’ broadest network on Sept. 15, CVS Caremark stated that it now is better able to clarify what it believes will be the overall estimate of the impact from the impasse for the remainder of 2012.

Given that the impasse is expected to last for nearly nine months and that the company expects to retain at least 50% of the business gained from the impasse in the fourth quarter, CVS Caremark stated that it now expects an additional benefit from the impasse in the third and fourth quarters combined of approximately 5 cents per share.

CVS Caremark’s existing guidance only reflects the estimated benefit from the stalemate continuing through the end of the second quarter.

 

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