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Energizer to launch Light Fusion Technology line

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Energizer is showcasing some of its new products at this year’s Outdoor Retailer show, which includes the company’s new Light Fusion Technology line.

Sparked by consumer demand for more versatility, flexibility, durability and overall performance from their flashlights and lanterns, Light Fusion Technology lights transmit light throughout slim acrylic panels manufactured through a laser-etching process. The result is clean, uniform light and more compact form for easier packing and carrying, Energizer said.

Energizer said the new Light Fusion Technology line of lights — consisting of four flashlights and lanterns — will hit store shelves in spring 2013.

"We continually listen to our consumers to deliver better solutions for them every day," Energizer’s North America lighting products director of marketing Steve Einig said. "Energizer Light Fusion Technology lights with Smart Dimming Technology do that and more. We’ve designed a collection that delivers the performance, style and ruggedness that appeals to today’s outdoor enthusiast."

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CVS/pharmacy, MinuteClinic launch flu shot voucher program

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are offering a flu shot voucher program in August as part of CVS/pharmacy’s Project Health free screening events.

Qualifying patients who attend a "Flu Voucher Fridays" Project Health event, complete the screenings and identify themselves as not having health insurance will receive a voucher redeemable for a flu shot at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location this flu season. The flu shot vouchers are being offered as part of National Immunization Awareness Month.

CVS/pharmacy’s Project Health (Proyecto Salud in Spanish) also is offering free health screening events in August. Screenings will focus on vaccination reviews, vision acuity, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index for individuals in multicultural communities who have difficulty accessing preventive care. More than 200 Project Health events will take place in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

"CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic are committed to being the most convenient place to get a flu shot this season," stated Papatya Tankut, VP pharmacy professional services at CVS/pharmacy. "Offering flu shot vouchers to patients who may have difficulty affording a flu shot is just another way that we help people on their path to better health."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age receive a seasonal flu shot every year. The minimum vaccination age at CVS/pharmacy varies by state.

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Unilever sells North America frozen meals business to ConAgra Foods

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON — Unilever has put its North America frozen meals business on the sales block.

The company said it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of its portfolio — which includes multiserve frozen entrees and appetizers under the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s brands — to ConAgra Foods for a total cash consideration of $265 million. The transaction, subject to regulatory review and expected to close in third quarter 2012, includes a license for the use of the Bertolli brand name and the transfer of Unilever’s existing license with P.F. Chang’s for use of the P.F. Chang’s Home Menu brand name. It does not, however, include Unilever’s facility in Owensboro, Ky., at which the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s frozen meals currently are produced. Unilever will retain the Bertolli trademark and continue its existing pasta sauce business, with manufacturing operations remaining at its Kentucky facility.

Unilever’s decision to divest the frozen meals business is in line with its global strategy to exit the frozen foods business. The company previously divested its European frozen foods business.

"Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s frozen meals are two attractive businesses with a focus on quality ingredients and differentiated technology," Unilever North America president Kees Kruythoff said. "I am confident they will continue to do well under ConAgra Foods’ management."

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