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The Winning Combination launches green-friendly line of protein supplements

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — The Winning Combination on Wednesday launched a new green-friendly protein powder to be packaged in a 100% compostable, recyclable canister under the brand Bodylogix. According to the company, the line of protein powder offers active, health-conscious men and women a way to take care of their bodies and the environment at the same time. 

"Our goal with Bodylogix is to help you while protecting Mother Nature. The system will support you every step of the way and provide you with the tools to achieve your goals and maintain good health," stated Shazad Bukhari, COO for The Winning Combination. 

In addition to providing the performance benefits of a protein in an eco-friendly package, Bodylogix formulas are also gluten-free and contain no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

The company is launching three SKUs this spring, including vegan protein, natural whey and natural whey isolate formulations. Bodylogix proteins come in Natural Vanilla Bean and Natural Dark Chocolate flavors. Bodylogix Natural Whey is sold at Walgreens for a suggested retail price of $26.99 per 2-pound canister. Bodylogix Natural Whey Isolate and Vegan Proteins are sold at health food stores for a suggested retail price of $49.99 per two-pound canister.

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Former Eli Lilly executive appointed to top technology post at Sears Holdings

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings has appointed Jeff Balagna as EVP and chief information officer, the Kmart parent company said Thursday.

Balagna was previously chief information officer for drug maker Eli Lilly and will be responsible for Sears Holdings’ technology and infrastructure initiatives in its support centers and in-store.

"Jeff is a proven executive with an analytic approach and experience in transforming complex organizations in rapidly evolving industries," Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said. "Innovation and technology are cornerstones of Sears Holdings’ efforts to build lasting relationships with Shop Your Way members, and Jeff’s deep expertise in information technology infrastructure, customer loyalty programs and leveraging IT as a business enabler make him a strong addition to our team."

Before working at Lilly, Balagna spent more than five years with Carlson Cos., including serving as CEO of Carlson Marketing, where he led the August 2011 sale of the customer loyalty marketing company to Groupe Aeroplan, which handles the frequent-flyer program for Air Canada.

 

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Reports: Wrigley halts Alert Energy caffeinated gum

BY Jason Owen

WASHINGTON — Wrigley announced late Wednesday the company is temporarily stopping the sale and marketing of its new Alert Energy caffeinated gum "out of respect" for the Food and Drug Administration as the agency investigates the safety of added caffeine in foods.

This is according to a statement issued to the Associated Press.

"After discussions with the FDA, we have a greater appreciation for its concern about the proliferation of caffeine in the nation’s food supply," said Wrigley North America president Casey Keller in the statement to the AP. "There is a need for changes in the regulatory framework to better guide the consumers and the industry about the appropriate level and use of caffeinated products."

Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner of foods, said Wrigley’s decision to stop production for now "demonstrates real leadership and commitment to the public health." He said the company made the move after a series of discussions with the agency, noted the AP.


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