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Kosher tops on-package claims for new food, drink products in 2011

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — More than one-quarter of new food and beverage products introduced in 2011 touted a kosher on-package claim, according to Mintel.

New data from Mintel’s global new products database found that among health-focused on-package claims for new products, "kosher" topped the list at 27% more than twice as often as the second most common claim, "all-natural product." Rounding out the top five were "no additives/preservatives," "low/no/reduced allergen," and "gluten-free." One of the least common health claims was "no high-fructose corn syrup," which appeared on 2% of new products. Separate Mintel research revealed that this health claim is a low priority among consumers when grocery shopping.

"New product introductions in the US, across all categories, usually total more than 20,000 in most years," said Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight at Mintel. "Those with ‘no-HFCS’ claims only accounted for about 400 new product intros in 2011, or 2%. By comparison, they’re a very small part of the market."

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Yankee Candle gears up for fall with new items

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle is embracing the fall season by rolling out new scented candles.

For its Pure Radiance line — which features a sleek, modern design and a custom soy wax blend — Yankee Candle has introduced apple chai and pumpkin scents. The collection is available in three sizes and carries a suggested retail price range from $10.99 to $27.99.

Also new this fall is a range of scents that are designed to welcome autumn into homes everywhere, including Treehouse Memories, Season’s Blessings and Harvest Welcome. The fall collection will be available in various sizes and carries a suggested retail price range from $1.99 to $27.99.

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Regardless of Supreme Court ruling, UHC to voluntarily extend health-reform protections

BY Allison Cerra

MINNETONKA, Minn. — A health insurance provider will continue provisions related to coverage of preventive healthcare services, coverage of dependents up to 26 years old, lifetime policy limits, rescissions and appeals, no matter how the Supreme Court rules in cases related to the 2010 healthcare-reform law.

UnitedHealthcare, which is part of the UnitedHealth Group, said Monday that protections are effective immediately, and will remain available to current and future customers and members. UHC noted it is not establishing any "sunset provisions" and said it is committed to working with all other participants in the healthcare system to sustain that coverage.

"The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people’s health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising healthcare costs. These provisions make sense for the people we serve, and it is important to ensure they know these provisions will continue," UnitedHealth Group president and CEO Stephen Hemsley said. "These provisions are compatible with our mission and continue our operating practices."


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