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Muscle Milk goes organic

BY Ryan Chavis

BENICIA, Calif. — CytoSport, a sports nutrition company and parent company to Muscle Milk, announced the launch of Muscle Milk Organic, which is available exclusively at Target stores and Target.com. The ready-to-drink shake packs 15 g of organic protein and 120 calories. The beverage is available in chocolate and vanilla flavors.

"We constantly strive to remain on the forefront of product innovation, and we recognize the demand in the marketplace for organic product options," said CytoSport CMO Nikki Brown. "The Muscle Milk brand has always appealed to a wide range of consumers:  men, women, active lifestylists, fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors and professional athletes, and the organic line meets the workout recovery and snack needs for protein users across the entire spectrum.  Muscle Milk Organic will also serve as a fantastic protein option to educate new users on the importance of protein in one's daily nutrition routine."

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GSK begins shipment of 2014-15 flu vaccines

BY Ryan Chavis

PHILADELPHIA — GSK has begun shipping Fluarix Quadrivalent (influenza vaccine) doses to U.S. healthcare providers, the company annouced. This marks the first shipment of GSK's U.S. flu vaccine supply for the flu season, which follows licensing and lot-release approval from the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

The company also received 2014-15 license approvals for its other flu vaccine formulation, which oncludes Fluarix, Flulaval and Flulaval Quadrivalent. GSK hopes to supply a combined total of 28 to 33 million doses — across all four vaccines — to the United States for the upcoming flu season.

“Consumers today have more options than ever to help protect themselves against the flu,” said Deborah Waterhouse, SVP and business unit head, U.S. vaccines, GSK. “Since introducing our own four-strain vaccines last year, we’ve seen a strong uptake. It’s important for consumers to discuss these options with their physicians and get early seasonal protection as the nature and severity of flu seasons can be unpredictable.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that most Americans over the age of 6 months old receive a flu vaccination each year to help protect against the disease, the company noted. GSK's flu vaccines are indicated for persons ages 3 years and older. Consumers should consult their physicians about which flu shots may be the most appropriate.

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Garnier, TerraCycle announce winner of the 2014 Garnier Green Garden

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — After transforming more than 1,500 lbs. of recycled personal care waste into a Garnier Green Garden in Harlem and overhauling a garden at a special needs school in the Bronx, Garnier and TerraCycle took their eco efforts on the road with the "Where Should Our Garden Grow?" campaign to award one recipient with a new community garden. After a public voting period, The ReFresh Project of New Orleans has been named the winner.

The campaign, which kicked off in Earth Month and ran through June 15th, asked fans to vote for which community should win its own Green Garden. The ReFresh Project's ReFresh Community Farm is a new teaching farm located in Treme/Mid-City New Orleans. The new garden will be capable of yielding more than 2,000 pounds of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Not only will it provide New Orleans residents with a space to connect and enjoy nature, but it also will allow community members to grow their own fresh food locally. Ground breaking is expected to take place this fall.

The plastic components of the garden — such as raised beds, picnic tables and trash receptacles — are made from recycled beauty waste collected through Garnier's Personal Care and Beauty Brigade. The Brigade is a free fundraising program that donates money to a charity of the collector's choice for every piece of beauty and personal care waste returned to TerraCycle for recycling. The collected beauty waste, which would otherwise be destined for landfills, consists of non-recyclable hair care, skin care and cosmetic packaging.

Out of the hundreds of nominations received during the campaign entry phase, Garnier and TerraCycle narrowed the candidates down to five organizations. The four runners-up are The Green Scheme in Washington, D.C., The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative in Detroit, Garfield Park in Chicago and the Social Justice Learning Institute in Los Angeles. Each runner up also will receive a prize.

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