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Dove adds mint and dark chocolate to Dove Promises line

BY Jason Owen

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a new addition to the Dove dark chocolate family with new Dove Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl.

Dove Mint & Dark Chocolate is available in both large bars and individually wrapped Dove brand Promises. The suggested retail price is $1.99 and $3.49, respectively.

To help introduce this tasty new treat, Dove turned to the Hollywood celebrity and television host Mario Lopez. At an event in Los Angeles, Dove unveiled a life-sized bust of Lopez for attendees to sample bites of the "mint chocolate swirled Mario."

"As the number one solid dark chocolate on the market, we continue to find new and innovative ways to expand our Dove dark chocolate portfolio," said Roy Benin, chief consumer officer, Mars Chocolate North America. "The combination of mint and dark chocolate tastes great together, and the way in which we’ve uniquely combined these flavors truly does make this product ‘taste as good as it looks’."


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Harris Teeter posts Q3 same-store sales gains of 1.3% despite holiday shift

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter Supermarkets on Thursday reported a third-quarter sales increase of 2.9% to $1.2 billion. Comparable-store sales were up 1.3% for the quarter. Same-store sales were negatively impacted by the shift of both the Easter and Fourth of July holidays. Sales for Easter were reported in the company’s second quarter of fiscal 2013, as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2012; in addition, sales for the day before the Fourth of July holiday will be reported in the company’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, but was included in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Harris Teeter estimates that the negative impact due to the shift in the holiday periods was 70 basis points for the quarter.

"Our comparable store sales increase, which was negatively impacted by the shift of both the Easter and Fourth of July holidays, remained positive despite the fact that we still do not see any meaningful inflation for the current year," stated Thomas Dickson, Harris Teeter chairman and CEO. "In addition, after adjusting for the shift in the holidays, we continue to realize an increase in the number of items sold year-over-year. We believe that our pricing and promotional strategies are effective in driving unit sales while increasing the quarterly gross margin by 32 basis points over the prior year.”

Over the first nine months of fiscal 2013, Harris Teeter opened five new stores, two of which were the stores acquired from Lowe’s Food Stores in 2012 that were re-opened under a new format and banner — “201central.” Total apital expenditures for fiscal 2013 are forecast to total approximately $200 million. During fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, Harris Teeter plans to open four new stores and complete major remodels on two stores. 

The company’s capital expenditure plans entail the continued expansion of its existing markets, including the Washington, D.C., metro area which incorporates northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, southern Maryland and coastal Delaware. 

On July 8, 2013, Harris Teeter and Kroger entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Kroger will purchase all outstanding shares of Harris Teeter for $49.38 per share in cash. The terms of the merger agreement were approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

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Alberto VO5 to launch sweepstakes as part of frizz-fighting efforts

BY Antoinette Alexander

STAMFORD, Conn. — Hair care brand Alberto VO5 has declared August "National Anti-Frizz Month."

To mark the inaugural National Anti-Frizz Month, Alberto VO5 is launching a sweepstakes on Twitter from Aug. 12 to 16 allowing Alberto VO5 brand followers the chance to win free Salon Series products by re-tweeting certain facts about frizz. On Aug. 15, Alberto VO5 also will be launching a sweepstakes on the Alberto VO5 brand web site and Facebook page where consumers who vote on their favorite "terrible frizzy hair" story have the chance to win up to $5,000 in cash and VO5 Salon Series products.


In a nationwide poll conducted in July, 87% of women surveyed said they deal with the problem of frizzy hair. Nearly 75% of women polled said they scrutinize weather forecasts to plan their daily frizz-fighting routines. Almost 60% said frizz is their No. 1 dreaded hair malfunction. Among the other frizzy findings:

  • 51% of respondents report experiencing frizzy hair more than four times per week
  • 92% of women use products to manage their frizz, most often with shampoo/conditioner and/or an anti-frizz cream
  • 25% of women have stayed at home due to a bad hair day
  • 27% of women struggle with frizzy hair more when their hair is long rather than short

The VO5 Salon Series includes:

  • Hot Oil Therapy Moisturizing Treatment
  • Smooth + Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Color Shield + Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Hydrate + Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Full Body + Shine Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Anti-Frizz & Shine Styling Cream
  • Simply Stunning Leave-In Conditioner
     

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