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DPS announces quarterly dividend

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday of 25 cents per share on the company’s common stock.

The dividend is payable in U.S. dollars on Oct. 8 to shareholders of record on Sept. 20. 

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Persica gum may boost periodontal health

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON A new study has found that chewing gum with Persica extracts may fight bacteria and improve periodontal health.

Although Persica extracts have been examined for their oral health benefits, the clinical effects of gum containing the extract had not been investigated, authors of a study published in the international journal Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practice said.

Examining 72 cases of plaque-induced moderate gingivitis, subjects either were given gum with Persica extracts or a placebo gum to chew for two weeks. Although seven patients from the Persica group and five from the placebo group were excluded due to complaints of irritation, the effects of extract chewing gum was statistically significant in reduction of gingival and bleeding indexes but not for the plaque index in Persica groups, compared with the placebo groups in the days of 7 and 14 after the beginning of trial. Persica extract chewing gum had a considerable effect on GI, and BI.

The authors concluded that the use of Salvadora persica extract chewing gum may promote periodontal health, stating that “the use of Persica containing chewing gum in comparison to placebo gum has a strong effect on gingival inflammation and gingival bleeding.”

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Frontier Beverage expands Unwind lineup

BY Allison Cerra

MEMPHIS The maker of an anti-energy drink has added three new flavors to its lineup.

Frontier Beverage’s Unwind, a relaxation beverage, now is available in goji grape, pom berry and citrus orange varieties. Unwind contains melatonin, valerian root, rose hips and passion flower, which provide Unwind with its calming properties, the company said. Each 12 oz. can of Unwind contains 40 calories and 10 grams of sugar.

“Distributors and retailers have been expressing the need for a more diverse line-up of relaxation products with fewer calories and less sugar,” said Terry Harris, Frontier Beverage CEO. “We have answered that call by introducing an expanded Unwind product line that caters to the tastes and needs of a wider audience to provide the ultimate in relaxation aids.”

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