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American Greetings keeps HQ in Ohio

BY Allison Cerra

BROOKLYN, Ohio — American Greetings won’t be moving its headquarters from northeast Ohio, the company’s CEO said Monday.

The greeting cards maker said it would continue to review sites in northeast Ohio, including its current headquarters in Brooklyn, according to CEO Zev Weiss.

Last year, American Greetings began reviewing site options for its 2,000-employee corporate headquarters. Last November, the company narrowed its scope and began considering locations in northeast Ohio and greater Chicago.

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Nature’s Innovation rolls out Bed Bug Patrol travel spray pen

BY Michael Johnsen

BUFORD, Ga. — Nature’s Innovation on Saturday announced the launch of its Bed Bug Patrol travel spray pen, a nonpesticide spray for the elimination of bed bugs.

“Six years ago, I started hearing rumblings that bed bugs were becoming a big problem again and the only way to get rid of them was with chemicals that contained carcinogenic ingredients,” stated Bill Carlson, CEO of Nature’s Innovation. “In 2004, as a certified homeopath and an avid natural products expert, I decided to come up with a formula using only 100% EPA-exempt natural ingredients. After a year of laboratory testing and reformulating, I developed Bed Bug Patrol as a green alternative to traditional pesticides.”

Bed Bug Patrol works by blocking an adrenaline-like neurotransmitter called octopamine only found in insects, Carlson said. By blocking octopamine, Bed Bug Patrol is able to stop key neurotransmitter and neuromodulator receptors that affect the bed bug’s central nervous system, shutting down key bodily functions. The essential oils also permeate the exoskeleton and eat away the hard cutin layer shell, he added.

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Supervalu aims to boost customers’ health-and-wellness ‘iQ’

BY Antoinette Alexander

In an effort to deliver to shoppers a whole health-focused shopping experience, Supervalu’s pharmacy and grocery teams are working closely together to develop innovative service offerings that cut across three platforms: preventive care, diabetes care and medication therapy management. The chain clearly is demonstrating its focus on being a one-stop health solution for its shoppers.

Recently, Supervalu expanded its nutrition iQ program, which initially launched in 2009 and currently spans more than 800 stores under various banners. For 2011, the grocery retailer expanded the in-store nutritional navigation program to include the fresh food departments and more robust nutrition information for the center store. The program now offers in the fresh departments new informational signs highlighting the key attributes of the foods, such as “Helps support healthy digestion.” In the center store, the program has been expanded to include 100% juice and vitamins A, C and iron.

To help those customers with diabetes, the grocer announced in late October 2010 the launch of its “living healthy with my diabetes” program. Under this program, in-store pharmacy services include diabetes education, diabetes self-management services, blood-glucose screenings, blood-pressure monitoring and face-to-face medication reviews.

“In addition to offering nutritious foods in our grocery aisles, our pharmacists and dietitians can help educate customers, provide personalized training and guide them to the information, products and services they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” stated Chris Dimos, Supervalu pharmacy president.

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