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Save Mart to host Degree Simulator and 5-Hour Energy cars for Toyota/Save Mart 350

BY Michael Johnsen

MODESTO, Calif. — Save Mart and Lucky California stores in Roseville, Carmichael, Modesto, Madera and Riverbank will host the Degree Simulator or 5-Hour Energy race cars this week, the discount retailer announced Tuesday.

In addition, Save Mart will offer its NASCAR fans two-pack tickets for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 through both its Lucky and Save Mart banners up to and including race day on June 24. The tickets, $99, are good for two reserved seat tickets at the Save Mart Ticket Booth at the top of the Turn 9 Terrace seating area. The seats also are located in the Turn 9 Terrace. Two reserved seats normally cost $170.

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is a 350-km NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event located in Sonoma, Calif. being held June 22 through June 24.

 

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P&G updates financial guidance, unveils preliminary outlook for FY2013

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has trimmed its financial outlook for its April-June 2012 quarter and has unveiled preliminary guidance for fiscal year 2013.

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Global Consumer Conference in Paris, P&G board chairman, president and CEO Bob McDonald said, "we are making the necessary adjustments to our growth strategy to increase focus on our core business and to achieve more balanced growth across geographies, product categories and the top and bottom lines."

For the April-June 2012 quarter, P&G said organic sales growth now is expected to be in the range of 2% to 3%, compared with a prior range of 4% to 5%, while net sales are expected to be in the range of -2% to -1%, compared with a prior range of an increase of 1% to 2%. Core earnings per share for the quarter now are expected to be in the range of 75 cents to 79 cents per share, compared with prior range of 79 cents to 85 cents.

Meanwhile, for fiscal year 2013, organic sales are expected to increase in the range of 2% to 4%, while core EPS are expected to be in-line to up mid-single digits percentage versus fiscal 2012 results.

P&G said it expects to deliver improved results by continuing to be the industry leader in innovation, by driving productivity improvements and cost savings at an accelerated pace and by improving the consistency of execution in all facets of its operations. P&G reiterated its objective to deliver $10 billion in cost savings by the end of fiscal year 2016, a program that includes a reduction of approximately 5,700 nonmanufacturing roles by the end of fiscal year 2013.

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CRN releases comprehensive book tracking clinical studies for dietary supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday released its comprehensive report titled "The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements (4th Edition)." The updated book, which assesses the current state of the science on the health benefits associated with select nutritional supplements, finds consistent and adequate use of these products contributes to overall health and wellness throughout all age groups, lifestyles and life stages.

“What is so important about this book is that instead of looking at individual studies, one at a time, and asking consumers to make decisions based on what often is a flip-flop of results, this book tracks the research so that individual studies can be placed in an overall context, more effectively reflecting the overall state of the science,” stated CRN president and CEO Steve Mister, who wrote the introduction to the book. “Science is complex and constantly evolving, at times in unpredictable ways. The book addresses that evolution.”
 
Specifically, the report addresses the current state of the science regarding multivitamins and other supplements, including antioxidants (vitamins C and E), calcium, long chain omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils), vitamin D, vitamins B-6 and B-12, fiber and folic acid. It includes studies that demonstrate benefit as well as studies with null results and also addresses studies that purport to have found harm.

The report also addresses who needs dietary supplements, who takes dietary supplements and who recommends dietary supplements, to include primary care physicians, OB/GYNs, cardiologists, dermatologists, orthopedists, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and registered dietitians.
 
“In updating the fourth edition of the report, we highlighted current research demonstrating the health benefits provided by consistent use of many of these nutrients," stated the report’s author Annette Dickinson, past president and current consultant for CRN. "And because we evaluate relevant scientific studies throughout the report, it was essential for us also to delve into the current debate over nutrient benefits — what is working, what could be improved and what many experts in the field suggest.”
 
The updated report also reviews issues surrounding supplements and mortality, as well as the importance of select nutrients during key life stages, including during pregnancy and throughout the aging process.

CRN has made "The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements" available at no charge here.


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