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TeleBrands introduces three new ‘As Seen On TV’ products

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — TeleBrands, a developer of "As Seen On TV" products, has introduced three new innovations.

The lineup includes:

  • Pasta Boat, a 5-in-1 pasta cooker that cooks, strains, serves, steams and serves. Complete with stay-cool handles, the steamer rack can be used to steam potatoes or vegetables right in the microwave. Pasta Boat cooks pasta in approximately 18 minutes and carries a suggested retail price of $9.99;

  • Chef Basket, which goes straight from the pot to the plate and folds flat for easy storage. It can cook, boil or deep fry foods with ease. When you turn the Chef Basket upside down, it becomes a steamer. Chef Basket carries a SRP of $14.99; and

  • One-Second Needle, which makes threading a needle as simple as 1-2-3. Simply loop and thread and continue your work. Each One-Second Needle includes eight sewing needles and a 130-piece sewing and mending kit. One-Second Needle carries a SRP of $9.99.

The TeleBrands products now are available at Walgreens.

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Aldi takes a bite out of the Big Apple

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Discount grocer Aldi has opened its first-ever New York City-area store in the borough of Queens.

The store, which is located in Rego Park, marks the first of three grocery stores the company plans to open in New York, including new locations in the Bronx and Bay Shore, Long Island.

Aldi, which offers a limited assortment of items, said it will bring its standard floor plan to Queens, which includes wider-than-typical 8-ft. aisles.

"Our growth is a testament to our popularity with consumers and the loyalty of our long-time customers," said Bruce Persohn, VP of Aldi’s South Windsor division in Connecticut.

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Report: Target forms executive committee to direct political giving

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Mass merchandiser Target has changed its political donation policies following a controversy that erupted last year over a donation to a socially conservative political group, according to published reports.

The Washington Blade, a gay and lesbian newspaper, reported Thursday that Target had formed a policy committee comprising senior executives that would direct political giving.

Though the retailer has long supported gay and lesbian organizations and events, it attracted controversy and calls for boycotts during the 2010 elections when it donated $150,000 to MN Forward, a group that ran ads supporting Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate, Tom Emmer, who had run as an opponent of many gay-rights initiatives, including same-sex marriage and programs to combat anti-gay bullying in schools. Emmer also had made a $250 donation to You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International and appeared on the radio show of its leader, Bradlee Dean, who had made statements that appeared to endorse violence against gay people, though Emmer later distanced himself from Dean’s statements. Emmer lost the election to Democrat Mark Dayton.

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