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Hain Celestial buys Ella’s Kitchen

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — Hain Celestial Group, the company that makes Celestial Seasonings tea and other products, has purchased organic baby food company Ella’s Kitchen Group, the company said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company said Ella’s had $70 million in sales last year. The company markets its products in the United States, United Kingdom and Scandinavia, offering 80 products for babies, toddlers and small children. In addition, Ella’s founder Paul Lindley will become CEO of Hain Celestial US’s new Global Infant, Toddler and Kids Division.

"We plan to grow Ella’s Kitchen brand by leveraging our distribution platform in the European Union and the United States with the addition of Ella’s Kitchen organic baby food product offerings," Hain Celestial president and CEO Irwin Simon said. "We also see the opportunity to expand in the UK market with new feeding and personal care products under the Ella’s Kitchen brand."

 

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IMS Health acquires Semantelli Corp.

BY Alaric DeArment

DANBURY, Conn. — Healthcare analytics firm IMS Health has acquired social media analytics company Semantelli Corp., saying the purchase would allow it to provide real-time monitoring and delivery of insights into consumer and physician behavior and sentiments.

Semantelli, based in Bridgewater, N.J., uses cloud computing-based systems that automate the collection of healthcare-specific social media content, which IMS said would allow for real-time monitoring of reputation and opportunity management, using medical taxonomies and algorithms and natural language recognition. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

IMS said Semantelli would become part of its suite of social media products that support healthcare organizations in the areas of market assessment, competitive intelligence, brand performance, risk management and engagement between consumers and healthcare professionals.

"This acquisition marks an important step in expanding IMS’s capabilities in the social media management and analytics space, where there is accelerating demand for solutions that help clients take advantage of new channels to connect more actively with healthcare professionals and consumers," IMS SVP strategy and global pharmaceutical solutions Stefan Linn said. "Social media has become an integral part of the healthcare experience, and navigating this channel effectively to unlock the right information for making decisions is critical."

 

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Bayer Healthcare and Sheryl Crow team on hunger effort

BY Michael Johnsen

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Bayer Healthcare on Friday partnered with Sheryl Crow in support of Feeding America for that group’s "Nutrition Mission."

Through July 28, for every bottle of One-A-Day Women’s purchased, Bayer will donate two meals, up to 2 million (valued at $500,000), to Feeding America. 

Sheryl Crow also will be awarding four $25,000 grants to Feeding America in honor of volunteers who share their stories about fighting hunger in their communities. "Hunger relief is a cause that I am passionate about and have been supporting for several years through my work with Feeding America," Crow stated. "Too many Americans struggle with food insecurity, and the Nutrition Mission gives us all an opportunity to do our part to help our neighbors in need."

An audio of the announcement can be found here

 

 

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