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Healthy meals to go

BY Barbara White-Sax

CHICAGO — Consumers looking for healthy meal solutions on the go have a new option: GoPicnic, a line of eight convenient, shelf-stable ready-to-eat meals. The brand partners with such top-quality manufacturers as Late July Organics and Old Wisconsin to develop meals that are all-natural and contain no preservatives. All menus have fewer than 500 calories; four of the options are gluten-free.


The latest Hickory Farms beef stick, cheese and crackers includes a beef snack stick, white cheddar cheese spread, sesame caraway and sea salt crackers, classic fruit medley and roasted cinnamon almonds.

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Sporting an up trend

BY Michael Johnsen

The market for sports nutrition looks good. All categories grouped by Drug Store News in this space — nutrition and energy bars, energy shots and ready-to-drink protein shakes — currently are trending up significantly. Taken together, sales of these three categories are up 15.8% to $2.2 billion for the year.


Abbott has reinvigorated its RTD shake line with the new PediaSure SideKicks line extension for children, to help moms ensure their children are getting the nutrition they need. And the Ensure brand has had success targeting adult populations with new products like Ensure Muscle Health, an RTD solution that contains 13 g of protein.


Meal replacement bars continue to sell well. General Mills told NACDS Marketplace executives earlier this year that the company has increased its consumer education around fiber intake, noting that more pharmacies are utilizing nutritionists to help patients better navigate the food aisles.


And energy shots, a category more or less crafted out of Living Essentials’ 5 Hour Energy brand, may have some legs in the coming year as well. There were a number of vendors, iChill Beverages for example, looking to provide the yin to 5 Hour’s yang with relaxation shot introductions.

 

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Sports Nutrition Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Summer Infant appoints new COO

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Summer Infant has named David Hemendinger as its new COO.

In his new role, Hemendinger will be responsible for assuring that the company’s operational infrastructure in its information systems and supply chain effectively and efficiently supports the company’s business and growth initiatives, Summer Infant said. He replaces Summer Infant COO Jeffery Hale.

"As a former executive at a number of high level companies, David has demonstrated his experience as a strategist and creative problem solver," Summer Infant chairman and CEO Jason Macari said. "His innovative solutions which combine process change with the right technology have helped his organizations achieve phenomenal results; he also has extensive knowledge of product design, development, manufacturing, and quality control. David is a strong leader, a team builder, and an excellent cultural fit for our business. We look forward to working with David and believe his contributions in this new role will be instrumental as we work to fine-tune our operations to ensure Summer Infant’s successful business development and profitability."

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