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Musco Family Olive introduces portable olive to-go cups

BY Jason Owen

TRACY, Calif. — Musco Family Olive Co., a California-based supplier of table olives, introduced on Friday a new single-serve snack cup filled with black, pitted olives.

The Pearls Olives to Go cups are liquid-free and come ready-to-snack in easy-open cups. Each package contains four 1.2 oz. cups — similar to ubiquitous fruit snack cups. Each cup contains 10 large olives and carries only 40 calories, an ideal portion for both kids and adults, the company stated.

Olives to Go are available now on grocers’ retail shelves with other olive products. The suggested retail price is $2.99-$3.49/4-1.2 oz. cups. Olives to Go are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, cholesterol-free, GMO-free and vegan. The company also notes that olives are a good source of monounsaturated fat, which in studies has demonstrated to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.

To celebrate the launch of the new snack cups, Pearls Olives is running a fall "Fun at Your Fingertips" photo contest through its Facebook page. Prizes include a MacBook Air, two iPads, three $100 app gift cards, or a year’s worth of Pearls Olives to Go. More details can be found on the company’s Facebook page.


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NRF: Nearly 44,000 retail jobs added in August

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The retail industry added 43,600 jobs last month, particularly in general merchandise, electronics and clothing, according to an industry trade group.

The numbers were based on calculations from the National Retail Federation, out of a total 169,000 jobs that the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the economy added in August, bringing the country’s unemployment rate down to 7.3%.

"The economy continues to sputter along," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. "Employers and retailers are adding to their payrolls and ranks, but still remain guarded. The business community is hiring yet waiting for stronger signs of sustained economic growth before extending too many job offers."

NRF economist Jack Kleinhenz said that while not as strong as anticipated, the numbers indicate a more positive trend.

"We are expecting further signs of strengthening in the second half of the year," Kleinhenz said. "Retailers are making headway, but challenges remain. Slow wage growth and downward jobs revisions continue to indicate a reluctant economy."


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CVS/pharmacy brings back double Quarterly ExtraBucks promotion for limited time

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the return of its Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, a promotion and additional savings opportunity for members of the ExtraCare loyalty program.

For a limited time only, members of the ExtraCare program, which has more than 70 million active cardholders, can sign up to double their Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards earnings when they shop at the more than 7,500 locations nationwide from Sept. 16 through Dec. 15. To commemorate CVS/pharmacy’s 50th anniversary, shoppers can also take advantage of special deals and savings online and in-store through the month of September.

"ExtraCare members are always looking for more savings and rewards. To that end, Double Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards is back by popular demand," stated Rob Price, SVP and chief marketing officer for CVS/pharmacy. "Simultaneously, we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary by offering tremendous savings to shoppers in September. It’s a great way to thank our loyal customers by providing them with even more value during each shopping trip."


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