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United Supermarkets kicks off first-ever Red Hot Summer Rewards program

BY Allison Cerra

LUBBOCK, Texas United Supermarkets is offering “red hot” deals with a new summer rewards program.

United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United customers across north and west Texas can earn food and fuel savings for every purchase of $40 or more they make with a Red Hot Summer Rewards card now through July 27. In addition to the immediate food and fuel rewards, each Red Hot Summer Rewards purchase will earn program participants one sweepstakes entry. Each week, 50 sweepstakes winners will be selected from each store to receive a $100 gift card, and five regional winners will be awarded free milk for an entire year. At the end of the eight-week program, five regional winners will be selected to receive free food or fuel for a year at a value of $100 per week.

“The Red Hot Summer Rewards program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our guests for shopping with us year-round,” said Wes Jackson, chief merchandising officer for United Supermarkets. “It’s a great way for us to give back to all of our Texas communities and help families bring some fun into their everyday shopping experience.”

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Crown Crafts acquires Bibsters product from P&G

BY Allison Cerra

GONZALES, La. Crown Crafts has acquired a disposable bib product from Procter & Gamble, the company announced last week.

Crown Crafts said its subsidiary Hamco now will manufacture and distribute Bibsters products, a disposable bib that provides coverage for infants and toddlers while feeding, which was introduced by P&G in 2003. Hamco also acquired the inventory associated with the Bibsters product line and plans to integrate the distribution of the Bibsters product line into the Company’s facilities in Compton, Calif.

“We are thrilled to find an opportunity that will complement last year’s acquisition of Neat Solutions by expanding our business in the disposable products category,” said E. Randall Chestnut, chairman, president and CEO.  “Hamco already has the overwhelming market share in reusable bibs, and we are confident that the Bibsters line of disposable bibs will solidify Hamco’s position as the overall leader in infant and toddler bibs.”

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FDA to review Orexigen’s obesity treatment

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO The Food and Drug Administration has accepted a new drug application from a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of obesity.

Orexigen said its investigational obesity treatment Contrave (naltrexone SR/bupropion SR), which addresses both physiological and behavioral drivers of the disease, was accepted by the FDA, following its Contrave Obesity Research clinical program, which included more than 4,500 patients.

“We are pleased the FDA has accepted our NDA for filing and look forward to working with the agency during the review process,” said Michael Narachi, Orexigen president and CEO. “If approved, we believe Contrave will become an important therapeutic option for obese patients, making weight loss and weight maintenance an achievable cornerstone in the treatment of obesity and its common co-morbidities.”

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