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Reports: Wrigley halts Alert Energy caffeinated gum

BY Jason Owen

WASHINGTON — Wrigley announced late Wednesday the company is temporarily stopping the sale and marketing of its new Alert Energy caffeinated gum "out of respect" for the Food and Drug Administration as the agency investigates the safety of added caffeine in foods.

This is according to a statement issued to the Associated Press.

"After discussions with the FDA, we have a greater appreciation for its concern about the proliferation of caffeine in the nation’s food supply," said Wrigley North America president Casey Keller in the statement to the AP. "There is a need for changes in the regulatory framework to better guide the consumers and the industry about the appropriate level and use of caffeinated products."

Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner of foods, said Wrigley’s decision to stop production for now "demonstrates real leadership and commitment to the public health." He said the company made the move after a series of discussions with the agency, noted the AP.


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CRN’s WannaBeWell app to be featured as “App of the Month” by Weight Watchers

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation’s “Life…supplemented” campaign on Thursday announced that its mobile application, WannaBeWell, is the featured “App of the Month” in the May/June issue of Weight Watchers magazine. The bi-monthly magazine, which aids its readers in their weight loss goals through cooking, nutrition, health, fashion and beauty articles, is affiliated with the Weight Watchers weight loss program and boasts a readership of 9.8 million readers.

“We are delighted that this well-respected magazine has acknowledged the campaign’s customizable app,” stated Judy Blatman, CRN SVP communications. “The WannaBeWell app is the ideal tool for the readers of Weight Watchers Magazine, who likely are not only looking to lose weight, but also looking to live healthier lifestyles. The WannaBeWell app does that by focusing on the three pillars of good health: healthy diet, dietary supplements and regular exercise.”

The WannaBeWell app serves as a comprehensive wellness resource that educates, activates and motivates those looking to live a healthier life, Blatman noted. Users can personalize their own animated wellness coach, receive daily motivational and educational messages, partake in “Healthy Missions” and set reminders to take—or restock—their supplements.

 

 

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Costco offers travel packages to members

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. is touting its latest offering to members: its own travel agency.

Costco Connection, the club retailer’s monthly member magazine, featured on the cover a profile of Costco Travel, which offers travel packages to destinations ranging from Hawaii and Las Vegas to Europe and Tahiti.

"Costco Travel is designed to enhance the Costco membership value, and we are dedicated to upholding the Costco mission by providing members with the quality vacations they want, the value they expect and the experience they deserve as a Costco member," the magazine quoted Costco Travel general manager Peter Gruening as saying.

The article said the purpose of the service was to take the stress out of the booking experience, offering three primary travel categories in the form of cruises, vacation packages and car rentals, as well as offerings like theme parks, hotels, private villas and guided vacations. One package, for example, includes six nights in at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua, Hawaii, on the island of Maui and a rental car, for $1,739. Prices at competing agencies can exceed $2,000.


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