Pepperidge Farm opens innovation center
NORWALK, Conn. — Campbell’s announced the opening of a new innovation center for its Pepperidge Farm business.
The 34,000-sq.-ft. LEED facility, located at Pepperidge Farm headquarters in Norwalk, Conn., houses a state-of-the-art pilot plant with product development and testing lines; culinary kitchens, including a "broadcast-type" culinary demonstration kitchen; and scientific labs and meeting rooms. Campbell’s said it invested more than $30 million in the project, reflecting its strategy to drive continued growth and innovation in its global baking and snacking portfolio, the company’s second-largest reporting segment.
"Campbell is committed to driving sustainable, profitable net sales growth through consumer-focused innovation," Campbell’s president and CEO Denise Morrison said. "Our investment in the new Pepperidge Farm innovation center will help accelerate the rate of new product development across our baking and snacking portfolio. This new building is a visible recognition of Pepperidge Farm’s long history of successful innovation, as well as our commitment to delivering the next generation of new products for consumers."
SC Johnson unites Scrubbing Bubbles, Fantastik in new cleaning product line
RACINE, Wis. — SC Johnson is combining two of its brands for a new line of cleaning products.
Scrubbing Bubbles and Fantastik have come together to create the following items:
Scrubbing Bubbles total kitchen foaming all-purpose cleaner with Fantastik: A light foam, it is specially formulated for your kitchen to cut through grease and grime, leaving a brilliant shine and fresh citrus scent;
Heavy Duty Scrubbing Bubbles all-purpose cleaner with Fantastik kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria and leaves a fresh scent with no filmy residue, cutting through tough kitchen grease and grime throughout the home;
Bleach 5-in-1 Scrubbing Bubbles all-purpose cleaner with Fantastik is an all-purpose cleaner that cuts through grease with the power of bleach to make cleaning easy. It removes five tough stains including food spills, greasy soil, soap scum and mold and mildew stains. This all-purpose spray is not just a bathroom and kitchen cleaner, it’s also strong enough to use on outdoor surfaces, such as lawn furniture. It eliminates odors as it cleans, leaving a fresh scent behind;
Oxy Power Scrubbing Bubbles grease and stain remover with Fantastik is a multipurpose cleaner that removes spots and stains from fabric, upholstery and other soft, absorbent surfaces. It also removes dirt and grease from hard surfaces, such as appliances, countertops, microwaves, stainless steel, chrome, sinks, ceramic tile and glass; and
Lemon Power Scrubbing Bubbles all-purpose cleaner with Fantastik kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. The all-purpose cleaner leaves a lemon scent with no filmy residue, cutting through tough kitchen grease and grime throughout the home.
The products now are available in grocery, drug and mass merchandise retailers.
NRF warns of ‘regulatory train wreck’ with healthcare regulations
WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation told a congressional panel Wednesday that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury have used too much informal guidance and not enough formal rule-making in developing regulations to implement the new healthcare reform law, complicating retailers’ and other employers’ ability to plan for what will be required in 2014. NRF is concerned that the situation is the latest example of regulatory uncertainty that is hampering businesses’ attempts to expand and create jobs.
"Our nation cannot afford for the ACA to stumble out of the starting gate," NRF VP and employee benefits policy counsel Neil Trautwein said. "A cascade of last-minute regulations will create confusion and thus could encourage more employers to back out of coverage. We are trying to help prevent what threatens to become a regulatory train wreck."
Trautwein was scheduled to testify at a hearing Wednesday afternoon by the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee on implementation of healthcare exchanges and other provisions that will be required under the Affordable Care Act beginning in January 2014.
Trautwein said retailers typically plan health care benefits for their employees six to nine months in advance, meaning that details of the 2014 requirements need to be known no later than the end of first quarter 2013. Retailers would like to have regulations in place this year, and are "greatly concerned" that "fast-approaching deadlines for key issues" might not be met.