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Carving a niche in self-test

BY DSN STAFF

SALT LAKE CITY — Identigene last month officially unveiled its Identigene STD test kit, which tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea—two of the more common sexually transmitted diseases—and essentially created a new niche within the growing self-test category.

For the 52 weeks ended Oct. 3, sales of self-test kits—including paternity, drug testing and disease state screening—were up 20.5% to $57.2 million across food, drug and mass (minus Walmart), according to SymphonyIRI Group data.

Often, infected people don’t know they have contracted an STD that can harm them and others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly testing for people who are sexually active, especially for pregnant women. The agency estimated that more than 1 million Americans between the ages of 14 and 39 years are infected with an STD each year.

Untreated complications from chlamydia and gonorrhea can be severe and may include infertility or sterility. Women may get pelvic inflammatory disease and are five times more likely to contract HIV/AIDS if infected by chlamydia.

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Daryl Beck joins Emerson

BY Michael Johnsen

WAYNE, Pa. The Emerson Group recently announced that 37-year industry veteran Daryl Beck has joined the company and will manage the company’s military sales business, as well as call on Walmart.

 

“Over his career, [Beck] has called on major wholesale and retail accounts, including Walmart, Sam’s, JC Penney, Eckerd Drug, Family Dollar Stores, Fox Meyer and Sally Beauty,” stated Rick Wellinger, Emerson president. “[Beck] has developed a true understanding of the logistical side of Walmart’s business and works closely with replenishment to ensure optimal service levels for our Walmart clients. He is a key contributor to our success at our largest retailer.”

 

 

Beck first joined Hynes Sales in 1973. He assumed responsibility for calling on Walmart, which had 225 stores at that time, in 1978. The following year, he was promoted to general manager of Hynes’ Southwest division and held that position until 2008, when Acosta acquired Hynes. Since then, Beck has served as a director for Acosta, continuing to call on Walmart headquarters. He also has called on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service for the past 10 years.

 

 

Beck is a graduate of Georgia State University and will continue to live in the Dallas area.

 

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Eboost launches ‘berry’ good energy shot

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Eboost on Thursday launched its super berry liquid shot, formulated with a host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamins C, D, B6 and B12, folic acid, niacin, selenium, chromium, zinc and green tea. The 15-calorie beverage also is formulated with nutrient-rich superfruits, including pure extracts of blueberry, blackberry, pomegranate, mango, acai, maqui berry and grapeseed.

 

The new ready-to-drink energy beverage is available in four flavors — citrus orange, pink lemonade, acai pomegranate and super berry. It’s available as effervescent powder packets, tablets and liquid shot forms at select retailers, including Bed, Bath & Beyond and Duane Reade.

 

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