News Briefs


Chips Ahoy! celebrates 60th birthday with confetti cake cookies

Chips Ahoy! Chewy Confetti Cake Cookies

Chips Ahoy! is looking ahead to 2023 and its upcoming 60th birthday celebration by previewing a brand new launch — Chewy Confetti Cake Cookies.

“We all know that Chips Ahoy! is here for the happy. Now, for its 60th birthday, it’s here for the party!” said Natalie Gadbois, senior brand manager for Chips Ahoy! “Our chewy cookies introduce new tastes, flavors and sensory experiences that we know Gen-Z looks for, while still keeping the same, familiar Chips Ahoy! cookie quality fans of all ages have come to know and love. With colorful rainbow sprinkles mixed in with irresistible confetti cake flavor, Chips Ahoy! Chewy Confetti Cake Flavored Cookies taste great on their own or can be paired with ice cream for one deliciously happy treat!”

Featuring rainbow sprinkles and a confetti cake flavor, Chips Ahoy! Chewy Confetti Cake Cookies will be available in stores nationwide beginning in January for a suggested retail price of $4.99.


Workflow Services adds Uh-Oh Labs as test partner

An illustration representing collaboration.

Workflow Services, a comprehensive and automated platform that solves point-of-care clinical service delivery for pharmacies, announced a new partnership with Uh-Oh Labs, an NIH-funded diagnostics and health tech company.

Workflow Services creates streamlined digital processes and decision support tools to help pharmacists perform services, such as administering point-of-care tests and writing prescriptions, while remaining compliant with federal and state regulations.

"Through our partnership with UOL, pharmacy customers have greater access to PCR-quality tests, paired with point-of-care operational support from Workflow Services," said Kevin Houlihan, CEO of Workflow Services. "Customers also benefit from greater efficiency and the ability to scale point-of-care testing programs, enabling higher-margin services that unlock revenue and deliver benefits to stakeholders across the value chain."

Point-of-care testing organizations are required to report all COVID test results to health authorities within 24 hours. Every UOL test includes an automated reporting platform to fulfill these requirements. Organizations administering POC testing with automated reporting show increased efficiency, cutting time it takes to conduct test nearly in half. This speed and efficiency are crucial in test-to-treat scenarios where COVID prescriptions must be taken within five days of developing symptoms. UOL's COVID test eliminates the need for lab processing, allowing for both faster diagnosis and prescription writing and fulfillment—all handled seamlessly on the backend for the pharmacist.

"We know that automated reporting can save organizations administering point-of-care testing 50% of the time it takes to conduct tests," said UOL president and chief business offer, Alex Jiao. "Instead of making marginal returns by sending sample collections to labs, pharmacy customers can now be empowered to receive a higher return by owning the testing fully within their store."

Additionally, UOL is developing unique tests for flu, STIs and other critical health diagnostics, creating a precedent for point-of-care testing beyond COVID testing.


    Bare Performance Nutrition rolls out additional whey protein, supplement flavors

    Bare Performance Nutrition

    Bare Performance Nutrition is embracing the holiday spirit with new flavors of several of its popular products.

    New additions include Strawberry Whey Protein, Orange Dreamsicle Peak Sleep and Strawberry Electrolyte Drink Mix.

    “The holiday season is filled with overly rich, calorie-laden treats that are great on the surface but leave us feeling tired, unmotivated, and generally not so merry. It was my goal this year to expand fan-favorite offerings by introducing novel flavors that invoke childhood nostalgia but without any guilt,” said Nick Bare, founder of BPN. “There's no doubt these sweet and year-round flavors will provide a refreshing break from yet another year of your great aunt's 'world-famous' fruit cakes.”

    The Strawberry Whey Protein Powder contains a blend of 88% whey and 12$ casein protein. The Strawberry Electrolyte Drink Mix works to help support hydration needs, improving performance and reducing fatigue. Lastly, the Orange Dreamsicle Peak Sleep aims to promote rest and recovery, the company said.

    Bare Performance Nutrition’s new launches are available for purchase online.


    Power Life’s Peak Replenish aims to support workouts, maximize results

    Power Life Peak Replenish

    Power Life is debuting a new addition to its performance-enhancing products — Peak Replenish.

    Made with electrolytes to help promote increased hydration as well as physical performance so users can fuel energy while nutrients are delivered. It also aids the body to rebuild muscles and reduce post-exercise muscle soreness, the company said.  

    Featuring BetaPower derived from beets to help support cellular hydration, it also contains CocOganic Plus from freeze-dried coconut water for its mix of essential electrolytes; GivoMag to supply the body with magnesium; Aquamin to provide calcium and 72 other trace minerals; and essential electrolytes to keep cells hydrated.

    Currently, Power Life Peak Replenish is available for purchase online for a suggested retail price of $59.95.


    Philadelphia Cream Cheese goes plant-based

    Philadelphia Plant-Based

    Philadelphia’s signature cream cheese spread is going the plant-based route.

    The Chicago-based company recently shared news of its latest innovation — Philadelphia Plant-Based.

    “The influx of flexitarian consumers has driven growth within the plant-based market, which is now more than 20 times the size of the vegan population,” said Robert Scott, president of research and development at Kraft Heinz. “As the brand that has set the cream cheese standard for 150 years, we realized the current options weren’t meeting consumer expectations and there was no trusted leader. Philadelphia Plant-Based spread not only provides a solution that mirrors the taste and texture of our iconic Philadelphia brand, but it also reinforces Kraft Heinz’s bet to bring plant-based offerings to the masses.”

    Featuring a recipe that mirrors the taste and texture of the iconic cream cheese, this plant-based option is made with simple ingredients, does not contain added flavors or dyes, and is free of dairy, lactose and gluten, the company said.

    Currently, Philadelphia Plant-Based is available for purchase at select retailers in the southeast and will expand with additional flavors for a national rollout in the summer of 2023.


    Fresenius Kabi intros KabiCare Nutrition Resources

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    Fresenius Kabi is introducing KabiCare Nutrition Resources in the United States as part of its KabiCare patient support program.

    The KabiCare Nutrition Resources program provides support for insurance reimbursement questions including a helpline staffed by experts to provide billing and coding support, insurance support such as benefit investigation, prior authorization and claims appeals.

    “Navigating the complexity of health insurance to provide access to critical parenteral nutrition products continues to be a challenge for some patients,” said Tom Tsilipetros, senior director, Market Access, at Fresenius Kabi USA. “As a leader in parenteral nutrition, Fresenius Kabi’s goal with the KabiCare Nutrition Resources program in the United States is to help assure patients receive their care and parenteral nutrition products in as timely a manner, and as seamlessly, as possible.”

    Fresenius Kabi created KabiCare, a Patient Support Program, to support patient access to products across numerous therapeutic areas. KabiCare provides a patient-centric approach that includes support and resources for eligible patients, caregivers and healthcare providers throughout the treatment journey. For eligible patients, support may include navigating complex insurance processes as well as financial assistance.