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Made in America: Products made in America

BY Michael Johnsen

DSN profiled six companies that sell on their American-made heritage as part of its "Made in America" report.

GREEN TOYS
MILL VALLEY, Calif. — Green Toys makes a line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled, food-safe plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. The products not only help fuel the “Made in America” movement, the use of recycled materials helps distinguish the toy manufacturer by reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Toys’ customers don’t care as much about the green message as they do the “Made in America” message, noted Laurie Hyman, company co-founder and marketing executive, “because what is being made in the United States implies quality and a
safe product.”

Green Toys manufactures a line of more than 50 toys and tableware targeting primarily preschoolers out of their facility in San Francisco.

ONESOLE SHOES
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Onesole Shoes is not only produced in America, the line of interchangeable shoes was developed by a successful pharmacist — Dominique McClain Barteet.

Onesole Shoes — selected as Best Product Made in America on ABC World News — feature a flat heel or sole that can be personalized with an interchangeable flap. The product also was featured on the second season of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” when fashion guru Daymond John invested $500,000 for a 35% stake in the company Quick Change Artist.

MODE COSMETICS
ALBANY, N.Y. — Mode Cosmetics was co-created by sisters Cristina Samuels and Jennifer Isaac, who grew up immersed in the family cosmetics manufacturing company Zela. The company has created a strong position not only for “Made in the USA,” but also for “Made in NY” with its line of natural cosmetics.

“‘Made in America’ is increasingly on the forefront of consumer purchasing behaviors,” said Samuels. “Consumers firmly believe that American made products are of superior quality and standards.”
Earlier this year, Mode launched its Natural Skin High Performance Hydrating foundation, which is infused with chardonnay and blueberry fruit extracts to help battle fine lines and wrinkles and diminish uneven skin tone.

NICE-PAK
ORANGEBURG, N.Y. — “Made in America” is a powerful marketing message beyond U.S. borders. Costco has been trading on that “Made in America” position against middle-class shoppers in Mexico with great success. According to reports, that “Made in America” label indicates better quality for shoppers south of the border.

And one of the best-selling products there is private-label baby wipes manufactured by Nice-Pak Products under Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand. Those wipes are even outselling Mexican-made wipes that cost less.

Nice-Pak produces more than 125 billion pre-moistened products in the baby, beauty wipes, personal care, hand wipes and household wipes categories.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH
BOCA RATON, Fla. — There isn’t much more American than a cold bottle of suds after a long, hard day at work. And as far as beers go, there isn’t much more American than Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser, which possesses a 47.7% share of all U.S. beer sales.

The company operates 12 breweries across the United States, and most recently put its American pride on display at Philadelphia’s “Budweiser Made in America” two-day music festival over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, which benefits
United Way.

Anheuser-Busch tapped into the more than 10,000 concert goers present to help determine which three beers would be included in the company’s Budweiser Brewmasters’ Project 12. Sampler 12-packs went on sale Oct. 29.

HYLAND’S
LOS ANGELES — While many manufacturers of homeopathic remedies are sourced from such countries as France and Switzerland, Hyland’s is 100% all-American. And it says so on each product.

Hyland’s has a long American heritage, originating as Standard Homeopathic Pharmacy in 1910 with George Hyland serving as the first pharmacist in a downtown Los Angeles location.

In 1995, Standard acquired Luyties Pharmacal, a St. Louis homeopathic firm tracing its lineage to 1853 when its medicines were popular on wagon trains. That purchase made Standard the only remaining American-owned homeopathic company in the United States.

In 1999, with Jay Borneman as CEO and Mark Phillips as COO, the Hyland’s name and its line of branded medicines was placed at the company’s forefront.

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American Cancer Society honors 19 corporate donors

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA – The American Cancer Society on Friday honored 19 companies, including three retail pharmacy operators and three consumer packaged goods companies, with its Excellence in Philanthropy award — recognizing the companies for their generous support of the society’s efforts to eliminate cancer as a public health burden.

The Excellence in Philanthropy recognition is part of the American Cancer Society’s Corporate Impact Awards, presented annually by the Society’s Corporate & Systems Initiative. The honor is given to corporations that have provided $1 million or more to the Society during the previous calendar year through a combination of corporate contributions, in-kind support, cause marketing and sponsorship, employee giving and/or event fundraising.

This year’s winning corporations collectively contributed $53.6 million toward the Society’s mission, the association stated. 

The 2012 recipients of the Corporate Impact Excellence in Philanthropy award include:

  • Abbott;
  • Procter & Gamble (Pantene Beautiful Lengths);
  • Bank of America;
  • Live Positively and Sprite Zero of The Coca-Cola Company;
  • Curves International;
  • The Pampered Chef;
  • Foot Locker;
  • United Airlines;
  • General Motors and Chevrolet;
  • Walgreens;
  • HairUWear;
  • Walmart;
  • IBM;
  • Kohl’s;
  • WellPoint;
  • Wells Fargo;
  • Kroger;
  • the National Football League; and
  • Maurices & Dressbarn.

“The generosity and ongoing support of these companies has a direct impact on the American Cancer Society’s ability to help people stay well and get well, to find cures for cancer and to fight back,” stated John Seffrin, CEO American Cancer Society. “It is with their help that we are able to save 350 lives per day from cancer and continue on the path toward our goal of saving 1,000 lives per day.”

"Each year, thousands of Kroger associates commit their energy, time and funds to fight cancer in their communities," stated Lynn Marmer, Kroger’s group VP corporate affairs. "We’re so proud to accept this award that recognizes the contribution of each and every Making Strides and Relay for Life team in the Kroger family."

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Ibotta debuts new shopping app with opportunities for users to earn dollars at shelf

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — Ibotta on Friday officially launched its free mobile application for iPhone users that gives consumers a new way to earn as much as $40 in cash each time they shop. With Ibotta, consumers earn cash rewards for answering a trivia question, watching videos and/or providing feedback on their favorite products, then buying the products in major national retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Walgreens.  

“Instead of just transferring the tired old coupon format onto a mobile device, Ibotta has taken a fresh approach that gives people a fun new way to earn cash when they shop,” stated Bryan Leach, Ibotta CEO. “For our growing list of partners, Ibotta opens a new channel of communication with their customers: one that creates much deeper engagement and brand awareness than mobile coupons, loyalty cards or price reductions on the store shelf.” 

As Ibotta moves from the initial beta phase to an official launch this week, the updated version of the application will support new retailers — such as Safeway, Kroger, King Soopers, Ralph’s and Von’s — with more being unveiled in the coming weeks. As a part of the launch, Ibotta is also introducing a limited time “Share the Love” offer, a lucrative new consumer referral program that pays users cash for referring friends and gives new users $5 of starting credit with the app. Additionally, Ibotta has updated its speed to payout users and grant their rewards more quickly and accurately.

Since the Ibotta application was first made available in beta just five weeks ago, more than 10 million offers have already been viewed, and more than 500,000 brand engagements have been completed by Ibotta users. Ibotta gives users several options for how to spend their money, including transferring their cash to a PayPal account, donating their earnings to any school in America or supporting the United Way with the click of a button.  

Ibotta’s next-generation technology is proving popular among leading consumer packaged goods companies and retailers, which are using Ibotta to deliver highly targeted offers, gather consumer feedback and measure purchase trends in real-time through Ibotta’s dashboard tool. The Ibotta app currently features offers on products by Kraft, Nestle, Colgate, Pfizer and other leading brand companies.

“Ibotta represents the next generation of mobile technology that will allow Kraft to provide customers with product information and deals that are more personalized, and thus highly relevant to their daily lives,” noted Doug Weekes, VP beverages at Kraft Foods. 

Ibotta is available for download free on iTunes, and Android users can sign up to be notified of its release on Android platform set for late 2012. 

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