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Maddak introduces Built-Up Handle for arthritis sufferers

BY Alaric DeArment

WAYNE, N.J. — A new product makes gripping such things as eating utensils, pens and toothbrushes easier for people with arthritis.

Maddak announced the availability of the Universal Built-Up Handle, designed as a "do-it-yourself" product to enlarge the gripping surfaces of common household items.

"Most handles on traditional flatware have relatively small diameters, making them difficult, painful and sometimes impossible for a person with arthritis or other hand limitations to grasp," Maddak director of product management Kathleen Hanek said. "Increasing the diameter of the handle makes it easier to hold and helps reduce pain and cramping."

The product can be used on items with widths between 1/4 in. and 1 in. and measures 1-3/4 in. in diameter. Handles are sold in bags of four with a suggested retail price of $18.99.

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The Vitamin Shoppe to buy Super Supplements for $50 million

BY Alaric DeArment

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. — The Vitamin Shoppe will buy a Pacific Northwest-based supplement chain, the New Jersey-based company said.

The Vitamin Shoppe said it would buy Super Supplements for $50 million. Super Supplements operates 31 stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and the Vitamin Shoppe said the acquisition would expand its presence in the Northwest, where it already operates 17 stores. The transaction is expected to close on Dec. 31.

"Super Supplements shares our same values and commitment to health and wellness and will be a strategic and cultural fit for the Vitamin Shoppe," CEO Tony Truesdale said. "Super Supplements is an established retailer with a strong track record of providing a broad selection of high-quality products and a commitment to superior customer service. The expansion of our West Coast presence is an exciting step in our continued growth as a national specialty [vitamin, mineral and supplements] retailer."


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iSatori to launch new weight-loss supplement

BY Alaric DeArment

GOLDEN, Colo. — Supplement maker iSatori has launched a new weight-loss supplement product, the company said.

BioGenetic Labs, a division of the company, announced Tuesday the pending launch of Belly-Off, a combination of conjugated linoleic acid, guarana, yerba mate and damiana designed to help users reduce belly fat. The company plans to start shipping the product this month and make it available at retailers nationwide in January 2013.

"Three newly published research studies revealed that while losing weight and reducing body fat, especially around the waist, can be very challenging, the process can benefit from daily supplementation of CLA combined with a new weight-loss energy blend we discovered called YGD," iSatori CEO Stephen Adele said. "In all three studies, subjects were shown to lose significantly more body fat than participants who were given a placebo."


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