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Dasani enters flavor enhancers category

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Dasani has introduced a product designed to give consumers their own personalized taste experience.

Dasani Drops is a zero-calorie liquid beverage enhancer that allows people to add a veritable burst of flavor to their water, the company said. Packaged in a squeezable 1.9-fl.-oz. bottle with a flip-top cap, the new product comes in strawberry kiwi, pink lemonade, pineapple coconut and mixed berry flavors and will be available at stores nationwide in October. The debut of Dasani Drops will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign, including digital, print and out-of-home advertising and in-store bundle offers.

"Dasani Drops is the perfect solution for those who want to mix things up with a refreshing splash of flavor in their day," said John Roddey, VP water, tea and coffee for Coca-Cola North America. "Dasani Drops gives people a new way to enjoy drinking water by pumping up the taste of Dasani with a simple squeeze of the easy-to-carry bottle."

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BioPlus names IT VP

BY Allison Cerra

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — BioPlus announced that Fred Gagle has joined the company as VP information technology.

In his role, Gagle will will ensure that the IT infrastructure at BioPlus is reliable, cost effective, secure, and easy to support. His department is responsible for making sure patient health information is secure and protected.

"BioPlus is excited to have Fred’s leadership for our IT team. He deeply understands IT’s potential for making things easier for our patients, doctors, pharmacists, business partners, and employees," BioPlus SVP Elvin Montanez said. "With Fred at BioPlus, we will cement our leadership in the specialty pharmacy industry as we work toward faster means of transmitting information while at the same time doing so in a secure manner to support our Best in Class therapy programs."

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Ulta Beauty posts Q2 results

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty experienced an increase in second-quarter same-store sales and net income as it continues to move forward with its multiyear growth strategy.

“We are very pleased to report excellent results for the second quarter. The team drove strong sales and profit growth by continuing to focus on the five components of our multiyear growth strategy: accelerating store growth; introducing new products, services and brands; enhancing our loyalty program; broadening our marketing reach; and increasing our digital focus with Ulta.com. Second-quarter highlights include strong new-store productivity and solid execution of our accelerated new store program,” stated Chuck Rubin, president and CEO.

Rubin said he is pleased with the progress of the rollout of the 50 additional Lancôme boutiques it announced last quarter, and announced the addition of Clinique boutiques in 35 additional stores in light of the success of the 13 stores currently offering Clinique. Its loyalty program reached the milestone of 10 million active customers with 50% of the stores now on the new points program.

Net sales for the quarter ended July 28 rose 22.1% to $481.7 million. Same-store sales increased 9.3%.

Net income increased 46.4% to $35.0 million compared with $23.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Income per diluted share increased 42.1% to 54 cents compared with 38 cents in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

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