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Joint Juice Easy Shot supplement to roll out in January

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — Joint Juice on Tuesday announced the launch of its Joint Juice Easy Shot supplement beginning Jan. 1.

“We saw an opportunity to create Joint Juice Easy Shot supplement as an easy-to-use and quick way to get your daily supply of glucosamine plus chondroitin,” stated David Ritterbush, Joint Juice CEO. “It’s an effective, great-tasting and convenient pill alternative.”

The Easy Shot supplement provides a full day’s supply of glucosamine plus chondroitin, vitamin D3 and vitamin C. The shot will be merchandised in a 20-oz. container, with more than a two-week supply at a suggested retail price of $18.99.

The cap doubles as a measuring tool and the citrus-flavored supplement can be taken either straight or mixed with another beverage, such as orange juice, for example.

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‘Buyer beware’ when purchasing humidifiers, Consumer Reports says

BY Michael Johnsen

YONKERS, N.Y. — The latest issue from Consumer Reports found top-rated humidifiers for as little as $30, but shoppers need to be cautious because a few models tested fell short of claims, the publication announced Tuesday.

"Low prices and a raft of antimicrobial promises can be extremely enticing, but our latest tests show that some models humidify less than their claims suggest," stated Bob Markovich, home and yard editor at Consumer Reports. "And even with humidifiers that discourage microbes, consumers will still need to clean and disinfect the tank regularly due to the sitting water."

The full report on humidifiers appears in the January issue of Consumer Reports and online at ConsumerReports.org.

Among recommended models were the Air-O-Swiss A0S7135, $170, and Sunpentown SU-4010, $90, which can produce cool or warm mist. The Vicks V745A, $45, uses a heating element to create steam and kill bacteria and other microbes as the water is heated. But steam models can pose scalding risks; Consumer Reports recommended keeping them away from children.

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Chinese retailer eyes GNC

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Chinese retailer Bright Food Group is looking to potentially grow its portfolio with the acquisition of specialty retailer GNC, according to several reports.

The Bright Food Group acquisition would be backed by Hony Capital, one of China’s biggest buyout firms. What’s more, the global buyout firm the Blackstone Group is expected to join Hony in backing Bright Food Group’s potential GNC bid, published reports have noted.

Bright Food Group operates more than 3,300 retailing outlets in Shanghai and other provinces, including NGS Supermarket, Shanghai First Provisions Store and Guangmin convenience stores, among others. Among Bright Food’s distributor partners are the Coca-Cola Co., Pepsi, Nestle and Danone.

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