Nature’s Hand introduces on-the-go snack for granola lovers
CHICAGO — Nature’s Hand has introduced a single-serve pouch of granola that features all-natural ingredients.
GoNola, available in Maple Pecan Madness and Wild Blueberry Wave, is made with 100% whole grain oats that are toasted and blended with wheat, nuts, seeds and honey.
"Healthy snacking choices are still pretty limited today," said Kevin Hannan, president of Nature’s American Co., the parent company of Nature’s Hand. "Consumers are seeking great-tasting, convenient, healthy snack options that suit their busy lifestyles. This product fills that void."
GoNola will be available for the suggested retail price of 99 cents for a 1.1-oz. serving.
Ulta Beauty opens new Chambersburg, Pa., distribution center
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty has announced the grand opening of a new distribution center in Chambersburg, Pa.
The 373,000-sq.-ft. facility is the company’s third distribution center in the United States and a key component of its 1,000-unit store growth strategy. Approximately 200 local workers will have been hired by mid-June to staff the facility. Ulta Beauty expects to hire about 200 more workers over the next three to four years as the facility reaches full capacity.
“Our new Northeast distribution center is an important part of Ulta Beauty’s growth strategy and will support new store growth and online expansion,” said Chuck Rubin, Ulta president and CEO. “With thousands of products being shipped on a daily basis both to our stores and directly to our e-commerce customers, we expect the facility to be busy and efficient. As an added benefit, we also welcome the opportunity to contribute to the economic growth of the local community in Chambersburg.”
Endocrine Society study: Vitamin D with calcium improves mortality in elder women
CHEVY CHASE, Md. — A study recently published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that vitamin D — when taken with calcium — can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, thereby providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy, the society reported Friday.
The study assessed mortality among patients randomized to either vitamin D alone or vitamin D with calcium. The findings from the study found that the reduced mortality was not due to a lower number of fractures, but represents a beneficial effect beyond the reduced fracture risk.
“This is the largest study ever performed on effects of calcium and vitamin D on mortality,” stated Lars Rejnmark of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and lead author of the study. “Our results showed reduced mortality in elderly patients using vitamin D supplements in combination with calcium, but these results were not found in patients on vitamin D alone.”
In this study, researchers used pooled data from eight randomized controlled trials with more than 1,000 participants each. The patient data set was comprised of nearly 90% women, with a median age of 70 years. During the three-year study, death was reduced by 9% in those treated with vitamin D with calcium.
“Some studies have suggested calcium, with or without vitamin D, supplements can have adverse effects on cardiovascular health,” Rejnmark said. “Although our study does not rule out such effects, we found that calcium with vitamin D supplementation to elderly participants is overall not harmful to survival, and may have beneficial effects on general health."
The article appears in the August 2012 issue of JCEM.