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Whisps enters pretzel category

whisps cheese & pretzel bites

The Whisps cheese snacks company is entering the pretzel category, expanding its portfolio beyond cheese crisps.

The brand’s Cheese & Pretzel Bites, which contain 100% real, aged parmesan and cheddar cheeses, is made with dairy from four family farms and clean label pretzels, the company said.

“Whisps built its foundation on clean snacks with 100% real, artisanal cheese at its core, and with Whisps Cheese & Pretzel Bites, we’re furthering our commitment to putting actual cheese back in artificial ‘cheez’ snacks,” said John Ghingo, CEO of Whisps. “The pretzel-and-cheese combination isn’t new, but what is new is our obsession with bringing real cheese to the pretzel category.

"These craveworthy, crunchy bites are delicious, nutritious and perfect for any snacking occasion," Ghingo continued. "Bringing our real cheese to pretzels brings protein, reduces carbs and creates a whole new, delicious experience. We cannot wait to see how fans use Whisps Cheese & Pretzel Bites to meet their continuing need for nutritious snacks throughout the day.”

Available in cheddar, honey mustard and everything flavors, Whisps Cheese & Pretzel Bites contain 7 g of protein and 0 g of sugar per serving, the company said.

Retailing for $4.49, Whisps Cheese & Pretzel Bites can be found at Kroger and


APHA selects class of executive residents

People at a conference.

The American Pharmacists Association announced that its 2022–2023 class of executive residents has been selected.

The APhA Executive Residency Program, which was designed to provide pharmacists with training and experience in the fundamentals of association management, supports APhA’s vision, mission and brand identity as the leading professional organization representing pharmacists in all practice settings.

Residents contribute to APhA’s strategic priorities and operations through collaborations with staff teams across the organization.

The members of the 2022–2023 class of executive residents are:

  • Aneesh Asokan, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy in Edwardsville, Ill. Asokan will serve on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties during their residency.
  • Isabella Blankenship, from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She will serve in APhA’s practice and government affairs departments during their residency.
  • Mariecus Jarvis, from Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C. Jarvis will serve in APhA’s education department during their residency.
  • Shivani Modi, from Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, MD. Modi will serve in APhA’s practice and government affairs departments during their residency.
  • Lauren Walters, from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia, SC. She will serve in APhA’s publishing department during their residency.
  • Brooke Whittington, from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson, AZ. She will serve in APhA’s education department during their residency.

The application period for the next class of executive residents will open in the Fall of 2022.


Heinz innovates burger eating experience with Dip & Crunch

heinz dip and crunch

Heinz is changing the way consumers enjoy their meals — specifically burgers.

New from the brand is Dip & Crunch, which combines a sauce with crisp potato crunchers inside a two-in-one package designed to elevate the burger-eating experience, the company said.

Featuring a burger sauce made from tomato puree, molasses, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic powder, tamarind concentrate, onion powder and spices, the crisp crunchers also included in the package were designed to cling to the smooth sauce when dunked.

“Here at Heinz, we recognize the magic in making memories on burger night thanks to the way our condiments uniquely elevate the classic burger,” said Ashleigh Gibson, brand director at Heinz. “As we continue to reimagine mealtime, we’re excited to offer a solution for consumers looking for accessible dipping sauces and unique textures to help further embrace the fun of cooking and eating at home.”

Heinz’s Dip & Crunch is available in regular and spicy varieties and can be found nationwide at such retailers as Walmart, Meijer, Target and Giant.


Alembic gets FDA OK for generic Olux

Binder with FDA Approved

Alembic’s subsidiary, Aleor has received the Food and Drug Administration’s green light for clobetasol propionate foam, 0.05%.

The product is the generic of Mylan’s Olux Foam.

It is a corticosteroid indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis of the scalp and mild to moderate plaque psoriasis of non-scalp regions of the body excluding the face and intertriginous areas in patients aged 12 years old and older. 

Clobetasol propionate foam has a market value of roughly $10 million for the 12 months ending December 2021, according to IQVIA.


Grande Cosmetics rolls out eyeliner with lash enhancing serum

GrandeLiner Liquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum

Grande Cosmetics is helping consumers obtain their best natural lashes yet with a new liquid eyeliner that contains the same actives as its GrandeLash-MD.

The GrandeLiner Liquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum contains amino acid L-proline to help users obtain healthy and fortified lashes; as well as hyaluronic acid to condition and protect while also preventing breakage and hydrating dry, brittle or damaged lashes; and vitamin E to support lash health, the company said.

Available in a black color that contains a 12-hour wear and is water-resistant, the eyeliner does not feather, smudge or flake, features a precision brush for control, stays in place, and is made with a cruelty-free formula.

Currently, GrandeLiner Liquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum is available for purchase exclusively at Sephora and for the suggested retail price of $40.


L’il Critters debuts melatonin supplement

l'il critters melatonin

L’il Critters has launched a brand-new supplement designed to help children achieve a restful night’s sleep.

The Ewing, N.J.-based company’s latest melatonin gummy was designed to work naturally with children’s bodies, regulate sleep cycles and contains such ingredients as passionflower, chamomile and lemon balm

Available in a natural plump peach flavor, each serving is made with 1.5 mg of melatonin for sleep support and does not contain high fructose corn syrup, synthetic FD&C dyes, artificial flavors, gluten, dairy or sugar, the company said.

“It’s important for kids to live an active and healthy lifestyle, while also getting a decent night’s sleep,” said John Bullock, brand manager at L’il Critters™ Gummy Vitamin Brand. “We created L’il Critters Melatonin to help kids by providing sleep support and are confident that kids and parents alike will enjoy this yummy new gummy.”

Currently, L’il Critters Melatonin gummies are available for purchase online at