Reese introduces Licide bed bug spray
CLEVELAND — Reese Pharmaceutical has launched a water-based aerosol that is designed to kill bed bugs.
The new Licide bed bug spray is designed to keep homes free of bed bugs for up to four weeks, the company said. The product is available in a 5-oz. size.
Reese also will produce a private-label version of the Lucide bed bug spray, the company noted, and will distribute the products in retailers nationwide.
Recession prepared many for rising food prices ahead
CHICAGO — U.S. consumers that opted to become more thrifty during the recession will face rising food costs with ease as they’ve mastered ways to stretch their money, according to new research by NPD.
The research group’s Economy Tracker found that nearly 3-out-of-4 consumers (74%) strongly agreed that they expect coupons and special deals will be much more important in deciding what to buy, while 67% said that they would shop less in general and 53% said that they would be buying in bulk.
“During the recession, consumers adopted thriftier spending behaviors, and as time went on, they became comfortable with making concessions and getting by with less,” said Dori Hickey, director of product development at NPD and author of "What’s Next on the Road to Recovery." “At the height of the recession, consumers said they used coupons more, were stocking up on sale items, buying more private labels [and] shopping at discount stores more, among other money-saving strategies. With food prices rising and consumers experienced at getting the most from their food dollars, consumers are going to be increasing these types of behaviors once again.”
Mark East, president of the food and beverage unit at NPD, noted that manufacturers and retailers should "understand the shifts in consumers’ attitudes and behaviors" amid rising food and gas prices.
Fresh & Easy’s design contest: It’s in the bag
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy is bringing back its Design-a-Bag contest, which invites customers to design and vote on the grocer’s next reusable bag that will be sold in its stores.
Now through May 15, customers ages 13 years and older can submit their original designs to Freshandeasy.com/designabag. Last year’s Design-A-Bag contest generated more than 1,300 design submissions from customers and 24,000 votes through its Friends of Fresh & Easy page, in which customers sign up to receive the latest news about Fresy and Easy, as well as exclusive offers.
The winning bag design will be chosen from June 21 through July 10. Finalists will each receive a $100 Fresh & Easy gift card and the winning designer will win a year’s worth of free groceries, valued at $5,000.
"Our first Design-A-Bag contest was a huge hit, and customers loved the great design that won, so we’re excited to bring back the contest this year," said Roberto Munoz, Fresh & Easy director neighborhood affairs. "We believe that offering affordable — and hip — reusable bag options will continue to encourage customers to use them even more."