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Black & Decker introduces digital gardening device

BY Alaric DeArment

TOWSON, Md. Tool company Black & Decker has introduced a device that it says is designed to take the guesswork out of gardening.

PlantSmart uses a digital sensor to measure information — such as sunlight, temperature, moisture and soil conditions — about the garden. Users then can upload data to an online account to find information about plants’ needs based on local conditions.

The company plans initially to roll out the device in September on Amazon.com and Target.com, and sell it at retailers nationwide in spring 2011.

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Bazi International unveils energy shot

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER Bazi International, formerly known as XELR8 Holdings, on Tuesday announced the official launch of its Bazi energy shot.

“Unlike other energy shots that overload the body with excessive caffeine, sugar, B vitamins, taurine and other artificial stimulants, Bazi combines nature’s finest ingredients for increased energy and better performance,” stated Kevin Sherman, the company’s president and CEO.

Bazi features a fruit-based formula that support long term health, increased energy and immunity support. The blend of superfruits includes jujube, blueberry, pomegranate, goji, mangosteen, raspberry, acai and seabuckthorn.

Bazi sells single shots at a suggested retail price of $2.99, and in packs of six and 12, at $17.99 and $28.99, respectively.

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Perrigo gets FDA approval to manufacture milk-based infant formulas

BY Alaric DeArment

ALLEGAN, Mich. The Food and Drug Administration has given Perrigo the go-ahead to manufacture milk-based infant formulas through its partner, Saint-Claire, Quebec-based Kerry Proteins and Nutritionals, Perrigo said Wednesday.

The company received FDA clearance to market milk-based, ready-to-use and concentrate infant formulas with ARA and DHA in 8-oz. and 13-oz. bottles, and milk-based organic infant formula in 8-oz. bottles.

“We are excited to receive FDA clearance on these new liquid concentrate and ready-to-use products, and to expand our portfolio of nonpowder infant formula products,” Perrigo chairman and CEO Joseph Papa stated. “This is the first launch of new products since acquiring our infant nutrition business, and we look forward to further new product introductions.”

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