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Bendich, Johnson receive ‘CRN Apple’ for nutrition trailblazing

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced that GlaxoSmithKline’s Adrianne Bendich and Byron Johnson of Amway/Nutrilite were awarded the “CRN (Steuben) Apple” at CRN’s annual symposium this weekend.

Bendich is the clinical director, medical affairs at Glaxo and is a recognized authority in women’s health issues involving nutrition. Bendich has been the point person for the GSK research team that provided calcium and vitamin D to the Women’s Health Initiative.  In addition to serving on the editorial board of The Journal of Nutrition, the Journal of Women’s Health and the Journal of Nutrition and Immunology, Bendich is the only person to serve continuously as a dietary supplement industry reviewer for the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements annual bibliography since its inception. Bendich has authored more than 150 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, and has edited over a dozen books for nutrition professionals.  

Johnson is the nutrition regulatory policy director for Amway/Nutrilite, where he first began his career more than 25 years ago.  Previously, he has served as the nutrition and wellness industry relations director for the company, as well as vice president and general counsel. In his current position, Johnson is responsible for regulatory and corporate compliance matters, as well as trade association participation pertaining to food and dietary supplement policy. Earlier this year, Johnson was elected the chairman of the International Alliance of Food/Dietary Supplement Associations, where he has been an active participant in the organization’s regulatory, scientific and advocacy affairs since its inception in 1998. Johnson served as the chairman of CRN from 2003-2004, and currently remains an active member on the CRN board.  

The award, considered CRN’s highest honor, is given to individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment and outstanding service to CRN and the dietary supplement industry. 

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Data shows use of Alli could also impact household members’ habits

BY Jenna Duncan

PHOENIX and PITTSBURGH New data released during proceedings at this year’s Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society said that people taking FDA-approved weight-loss pill Alli also tend to make healthier grocery shopping decisions, a trend that is positively influencing families.

A 26-week study reviewed the shopping habits of 15,156 households in which one or more members were taking Alli. The study showed that shoppers in these households were also purchasing items such as cereals, diet control bars, multi-vitamins and yogurt, among other “healthy” options.

Study co-author, Rebecca Reeves, of Baylor College of Medicine, said, “What is so unique and exciting about the data in this abstract is the evidence that people taking Alli made changes in their purchase patterns toward healthier foods. These data show that households purchasing Alli more than once increased their buying of healthier products compared to the previous year.”

The National Institutes of Health have reported that about 65 percent of U.S. adults are obese or overweight. Persons dealing with too much weight are more likely to face health problems such as heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, the National Institutes said.

Taking Alli, combined with a low-calorie, encourages healthy, modest weight-loss, maker GlaxoSmithKline has said.

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Aisle7 launches new programs to manage store planning

BY Michael Johnsen

PORTLAND, Ore. Aisle7 (formerly Healthnotes), will unveil its new flagship product: Aisle7 IN-STORE 2009 on Tuesday, the company announced.

Featuring interactive shopping guides, easy-to-use shopping tools and a new suite of applications, retailers are able to engage shoppers on several top-of-mind issues for the consumer, notably wellness, sustainability and saving money.

Aisle7 IN-STORE 2009 features a new campaign-driven architecture allowing retailers to create unique wellness campaigns that match their own marketing calendars and allow them to deliver relevant shopping ideas and targeted messages in high-margin departments throughout the store. 

“Shopper marketing is the fastest growing segment of retailers’ marketing budgets and grocers are in need of flexible, customizable, storewide programs that can amplify their marketing messages and brand,” stated Jeffrey Beyer, Aisle7 chief executive officer. “Our solutions help retailers capitalize on this growing trend by inspiring new ideas and driving incremental sales.”

To help retail marketers engage shoppers, align marketing initiatives and leverage existing investments, Aisle7 IN-STORE 2009 provides a new suite of applications and customization options that extend the base program, including:

• Aisle7 Brand allows retailers to customize programming and directly integrate marketing initiatives for additional leverage and consistency;

• Aisle7 Promote delivers a contextual marketing solution to promote private label, store programs and promotions alongside engaging, relevant content;

• Aisle7 Scan provides shoppers relevant product information, product tips and cross-sell suggestions with a simple bar code scan;

• Aisle7 Locate allows shoppers to locate products throughout the store through an integrated planogram;

• Aisle7 Target integrates with retailers’ existing loyalty programs to present shoppers with targeted shopping ideas, offers and wellness tips.

“In today’s competitive environment, retailers need to make it easy to connect shoppers with their products,” added Robert Johnson, president of TreoSystems. “We are excited to be working with Aisle7 to offer retailers integrated item locator solutions to help shoppers find the products they’re looking for, along with relevant promotions and cross-sell recommendations that can drive additional sales.”

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