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For the Love of Pets hits card aisle

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND Pet lovers can rejoice: American Greetings has answered their greeting card prayers.

A new line of greeting cards called For the Love of Pets features a subject both shoppers and their recipient are passionate about.

“When you pass by the card aisle and see greetings featuring cute and cuddly images of pets, you’re definitely going to stop and smile,” said Carol Miller, executive director of new product concepts at American Greetings. “We know that our consumers love to connect with pet cards, and we wanted to enhance those connections with some of our latest innovations. Our work led to a collection that is as innovative as it is adorable, and it’s something we know shoppers will love to share.”

Consumers can find the new For the Love of Pets cards at participating drug chains, grocery stores and super centers nationwide.

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OMI Industries’ Fresh Wave product receives award

BY Allison Cerra

BARRINGTON, Ill. OMI Industries on Friday said its eco-friendly, odor-eliminating product line Fresh Wave has received recognition from iParenting Media.

OMI’ Fresh Wave continuous release crystal gel was awarded the 2010 Excellent Products award in the housewares category. Fresh Wave continuous release crystal gel — made of purified water and plant extracts — is designed to eliminate household odors without the use of chemicals.

The iParenting Media awards program is the only consumer awards program certified by ISO 9001:2000, the internationally recognized standard of quality assurance. Reviewers for the awards are a diverse set of parents, experts, licensed childcare centers and schools nationwide.

“We are thrilled to be named an iParenting Media Award winner. We recognize that receiving this award is one of the highest achievements in the consumer goods industry,” said Philip Coffey, president and managing director at OMI Industries. “Our company is committed to developing odor-eliminating solutions that keep homes and businesses smelling clean without the use of harmful chemicals. This is a significant honor for the Fresh Wave crystal gel and an excellent recognition of the design and manufacturing of our products.”

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Weis Markets board approves quarterly dividend

BY Allison Cerra

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets’ board of directors approved a quarterly dividend of 29 cents per share as of July 19, payable on Aug. 2.

The food retailer operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.

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