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Organic Food Bar launches new bar to boost immune system, promote good digestive health

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES Organic Food Bar on Friday launched Organic Food Bar — ONE, a bar with 10-times more probiotic cultures as compared with yogurt, to boost the immune system and promote good digestive health that retails for less than $1.

Organic food production is a $16 billion-a-year industry, according to the Organic Trade Association. Organics account for just 3% of overall food sales, but they are growing at 17% to 20% per year as compared with 2% to 3% growth for conventional foods. The 2002 Organic Consumer Trends Report found that 39% of the U.S. population uses organic products.

Organic Food Bar — ONE comes in three varieties: blueberry muffin crunch, raspberry muffin crunch and chocolate macaroon crunch.

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C&D posts 9.1% sales increase for 2008, outlines plans for 2009

BY Michael Johnsen

PRINCETON, N.J. Church & Dwight on Thursday outlined its plans for 2009, after posting a 2008 sales increase of 9.1% to $2.4 billion for the period ended Dec. 31, 2008.

“We are very proud of the business results and strategic initiatives that we accomplished in 2008,” noted James Craigie, C&D chairman and CEO. “We delivered solid organic sales growth, increased gross margin and generated record free cash flow. In addition, we acquired the net assets of the Del Pharmaceuticals’ over-the-counter businesses from Coty, began the construction of a new integrated laundry detergent manufacturing plant and distribution center in York County, Pa., and completed the roll-out of concentrated liquid laundry detergent,” he said. “We will continue to introduce a steady pipeline of new and improved products in 2009. New and improved products were a key driver of our strong organic growth in 2008.”

Going forward in the family planning arena, for example, C&D is launching two new Trojan products — Trojan 2 Go, which contains two condoms in a pocket-sized card to make it easier to discreetly carry condoms, and Trojan Ecstasy, which features a unique comfort shape and UltraSmooth lubricant.

“While we were able to deliver record performance in 2008, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding the economic environment in 2009,” Craigie added. “We are prudently planning for further deterioration in consumer spending, and we expect that this will impact some of our categories. These market conditions are being exacerbated by actions by some retailers to increase shelf space in support of their private-label brands. Accordingly, we are projecting organic revenue growth to be approximately 2% in 2009.”

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Studies show underserved population could benefit from multivitamin

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday supported the conclusion that those Americans who are economically challenged could benefit health-wise in taking a multivitamin.

The conclusion was recently published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine citing surveys and studies in the “Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Use by Children and Adolescents in the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”

“The supplement industry agrees with the authors that the underserved population could benefit from a multivitamin,” stated Douglas MacKay, CRN VP, scientific and regulatory affairs. “The supplement industry supports the need for vitamins to be available to all individuals, including those of a lower socioeconomic status, through a number of initiatives, including through organizations such as Nourish America and Vitamin Angels, who help provide vitamins to those in need.”

In addition to supporting those initiatives, CRN has lobbied for legislation to include multivitamins with folic acid in the Food Stamp Provision of the Farm Bill, as well as passage of bills that allow purchase of supplements through flexible spending accounts or health spending accounts, MacKay said.

“It is also important to point out that the researchers rely on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey  but fail to point out that other data from the same survey show that many Americans, including children and adolescents, fail to consume recommended amounts of vitamins E, C, and A, as well as calcium and magnesium. A daily multivitamin could affordably and safely help fill these nutrient gaps,” MacKay added.

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