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Walgreens: Arizona and Texas leading country in flu incidence

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Arizona, Texas and Tennessee are the three states with the greatest number of inlfuenza cases, Walgreens reported as part of its Walgreens Flu Index Thursday. On its Walgreens Flu Index heat map, both Arizona and Texas are already at the higest level of flu incidence. 
 
The top 10 markets with flu activity for the week of Feb. 21 were: 
 
  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas;
  3. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.;
  4. Tucson (Sierra Vista), Ariz.;
  5. Memphis, Tenn.;
  6. San Diego;
  7. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas;
  8. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas;
  9. Tallahassee, Fla. – Thomasville, Ga.; and
  10. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.
 
The top 10 markets experiencing the greatest number of flu activity gains for the week of Feb. 21 were: 
 
  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.);
  2. Harlingen – Weslaco – Brownsville – McAllen, Texas;
  3. Memphis, Tenn.;
  4. San Diego;
  5. Beaumont – Port Arthur, Texas;
  6. Charleston, S.C.;
  7. Myrtle Beach – Florence, S.C.;
  8. Phoenix (Prescott), Ariz.;
  9. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas; and
  10. Albany, Ga.
 
The Walgreens Flu Index is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. The Walgreens Flu Index does not provide data measuring actual levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrates which populations are experiencing the most incidences each week based on Index methodology.
 
The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.
 
 
 
 

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NBTY pops onto the bite-size market with Pure Protein Crunch

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – NBTY on Wednesday introduced the latest innovation across its Pure Protein brand – Pure Protein Crunch. The bite-sized protein snacks are formulated to provide physically active, on-the-go snackers a convenient, nutritious option with 10 grams of protein per serving.
 
Pure Protein Crunch is available in two flavors – double chocolate and peanut butter – and each bite-sized serving contains 5 grams of sugar and 160 calories or less. Pure Protein Crunch is principally formulated like Pure Protein bars, a pioneer of the protein bar category, which launched in 1995.
 
"Today, busy people are turning to convenient, protein-packed snacks to fuel their on-the-go lifestyles," said Monique Acevedo, VP Pure Protein. "With Pure Protein Crunch, they now have a full-flavored, portable protein option with 5 grams of sugar that helps keep their unpredictable lives on track with the same great taste and protein they expect from the entire Pure Protein product line."  
 
Each 1.20 oz., single-serving pouch of Pure Protein Crunch contains 10 grams of protein in bite-sized, crunchy crisps. They're made with non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free.
 
 
 
 

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Luna initiates package redesign with three new dark chocolate offerings

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. – Clif Bar on Thursday announced that Luna, the first women’s nutrition bar, is expanding its portfolio of products with three new dark chocolate flavors, each with 5 grams of sugar. The new dark chocolate flavor varieties include peanut butter dark chocolate chunk, cark chocolate mocha almond and dark chocolate hazelnut. 
 
“At Luna, we do our best to make sure we understand what women are looking for in a nutrition bar,” stated Ritu Mathur, Luna brand manager. “We are thrilled to unveil these new bars that reflect what our fans want – less sugar, delicious taste and gluten free recipes. Luna offers women the energy they need to keep pushing to make their own breakthroughs happen every day.”
 
The dark chocolate Luna bars also provide 7 to 8 grams of protein and are a good source of fiber. And all Luna Bars include calcium, folic acid, iron and vitamin D – vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in women’s diets.
 
Luna is also unveiling a refreshed brand logo and new packaging across its entire portfolio. The bars are now available at retailers nationwide.
 
 
 
 

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