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Tom’s of Maine brings back Propolis & Myrrh Gingermint baking soda toothpaste

BY Antoinette Alexander

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom’s of Maine, a maker of natural personal care products, has announced the return of its Propolis & Myrrh Gingermint baking soda toothpaste.

First introduced in 1998, the toothpaste features a blend of ginger root oil layered with baking soda and peppermint with extracts of stevia for sweetness. The only natural ginger-, baking-soda- and peppermint-flavored toothpaste available, Propolis & Myrrh Gingermint baking soda is available at health and specialty retailers nationwide and online at TomsOfMainestore.com.

Originally conceived by company co-founder Kate Chappell, the fluoride-free toothpaste gained popularity for its fresh flavor combination and use of botanicals propolis and myrrh, which leave the mouth feeling refreshed and clean.

Like all Tom’s of Maine toothpastes, Propolis & Myrrh Gingermint baking soda helps prevent plaque buildup with regular brushing and contains no artificial chemicals or flavors, preservatives or synthetic additives, and no animal testing or animal ingredients.

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Ahold USA EVP, CFO Paula Price honored by Boston Business Journal

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — An Ahold USA executive has received honors from a New England business publication.

Ahold USA announced Tuesday that EVP and CFO Paula Price was named 2012 CFO of the Year in the public company category by the Boston Business Journal and was honored at the newspaper’s annual luncheon last Wednesday. Ahold USA, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Royal Ahold, operates the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle supermarket chains and the Peapod online grocery service.

"Paula is a pioneer of the grocery retail industry, using her extensive experience and knowledge of finance to assist our company in continuing to streamline operations and process," Ahold USA COO Carl Schlicker said. "Her broad skill set and professionalism have inspired confidence and earned her great respect here within Ahold USA. I can’t think of a CFO more deserving of this honor."

Price began working for Ahold in 2009 as CFO of the Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover divisions. Following the company’s reorganization that year, she was promoted to EVP and CFO. Price also is on the board of trustees of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the board of overseers of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. She also was on the board of directors for Charming Shoppes until it was sold in June 2012.

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Revlon reports Q2 results

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Revlon, which recently added the Pure Ice brand to its portfolio, posted a 4.6% boost in U.S. net sales during the second quarter, due in large part to higher sales of Revlon color cosmetics.

In the United States, net sales totaled $203.9 million, up 4.6% when compared with $194.9 million in the year-ago period.

Total net sales rose 1.7% to $357.1 million, fueled by higher sales of Revlon and Almay color cosmetics and Revlon ColorSilk hair color. Excluding foreign currency fluctuations of $9 million, net sales increased 4.2%.

Net income was $11.1 million, or 21 cents per diluted share, compared with $6.5 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Net income in second quarter 2012 included a net charge of $6.7 million. Net income in second quarter 2011 included $11.3 million in charges.

In early July, Revlon acquired certain assets of Bari Cosmetics, including assets related to the Pure Ice nail enamel, as well as other brands. The acquisition did not impact Revlon’s second quarter 2012 consolidated financial statements.

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