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Warmer winter weather could prompt slow cold season

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The short-term forecast for cold weather items, including cold medicines, is that demand could be down as much as 15% without Jack Frost biting at everyone’s nose, according to analysis from Deutsche Bank published Monday.

Weather Trends International estimates temperatures will be up 2 to 5 degrees warmer year-over-year, on average, over the balance of the year across the United States.

“Typically, a rise of about 3 degrees nationally from last year, will translate into a 10% to 15% decline in demand for heavy outerwear, sweaters and cold medicine,” Deutsche retail analyst Charles Grom said. With warmer weather, more people are outdoors, leaving their winter coats, sweaters and exposure to sick people indoors.


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Piggy Paste toenail product gains traction in Illinois

BY Michael Johnsen

GALESBURG, Ill. — Local doctor Paul Kinsinger is gaining traction for his Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste product, a cream to improve toenail appearance, according to an article published Monday by the Register-Mail.

Through a sort of heard-it-through-the-grapevine distribution effort, Kinsinger first gained placement at independent grocer Lindy’s Downtown Market in Washington, Ill. Kinsinger then added several local Walgreens in the Peoria, Ill., area after a local newspaper covered the product. Citing an independent survey, Kinsinger claims that 85% of Piggy Paste customers also buy a pack of bandages with each purchase.

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Botanical Labs targets bariatric patients with supplement line

BY Michael Johnsen

FERNDALE, Wash. — Botanical Labs on Monday launched a bariatric-focused line of liquid dietary supplements called Wellesse Bariatric Liquid Solutions.

According to the company, bariatric surgical treatment is one of the faster growing options to assist with weight loss. Weight-loss surgery patients have special pre- and post-surgery nutritional requirements. Wellesse targets specific nutrient deficiencies within the weight loss surgery community with the same dedication offered to existing consumers.

"Supplements are important post-bariatric surgery to ensure people are meeting their daily needs," stated Michelle Tegenkamp of Oregon Health Sciences University. "Wellesse supplements, in their liquid form, are easy to take and provide many important micronutrients."

The Wellesse Bariatric Liquid Solutions line of products targets the most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies specific to bariatric patients, such as vitamin A, B-12 and B-complex, iron, calcium and vitamin D.


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