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Jones Soda Co. launches special-edition Halloween flavors at Target stores

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Jones Soda Co.’s series of Halloween-inspired soda flavors is returning to Target stores around the country.

The Seattle-based soda manufacturer said the 8-oz., limited-edition Halloween cans would be available in early September in four flavors — candy corn, red licorice, caramel apple and blood orange — representing traditional Halloween treats. Packaging will feature such characters as werewolves, zombies, vampires and Frankenstein.

"We wanted to create a special product for Halloween that would partner perfectly with Target, one of the country’s leading retailers," Jones CEO Jennifer Cue said. "These Halloween sodas represent the Jones way to do Halloween — by being fun, creative and colorful."

The cans will be sold as four-packs at all of Target’s stores in the United States, as well as Schnucks stores, Cost Plus World Market and Hastings Entertainment for between $2.79 and $2.99.

 

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Map illustrates state-by-state prevalence of rosacea

BY Alaric DeArment

BARRINGTON, Ill. – The term "red state" takes on a new meaning when one looks not at politics, but at the incidence of a widespread but poorly understood skin disorder that causes reddening of the face.

According to the latest data from the National Rosacea Society, residents of New England appear to have the highest incidence of the disease, while those in Hawaii appear to have the lowest. Rosacea is estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans, with the greatest prevalence — more than 10% of the adult population — found in Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut and the lowest — less than 5% — in Hawaii, New Mexico, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Rosacea usually begins after age 30 as a flushing or redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go, but over time becomes ruddier and more persistent. Without treatment, bumps and pimples often develop, and the nose may become swollen from excess tissue.

"While these figures provide only a rough estimate, they appear to be consistent with what is generally known about the disorder," former Food and Drug Administration director of dermatologic and dental drug products and rosacea expert Jonathan Wilkin said. "Rosacea has been found to be very common in the fair-skinned people of England, Ireland and northern Europe, so it’s not surprising to see such a high incidence in New England, the industrial Midwest and other areas with large concentrations of these ancestries."

However, while some ethnic groups may be more prone to rosacea than others, it is found among all racial and ethnic groups. According to a survey of 600 rosacea patients by the NRS, nearly 52% reported having a family member who also had the condition, and 42% indicated they were of Irish, German or English ancestry.

"In addition to genetics, a more temperate climate may also contribute to this prevalence pattern, as changes in temperature are common factors that can exacerbate the condition," Wilkin said.

 

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Rite Aid announces winner of 2013 truck-driving contest

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — A California truck driver has won an annual driving-skills contest sponsored by Rite Aid, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

William Plevney, representing the chain’s Lancaster, Calif., distribution center, took top honors in July in the Rite Aid 2013 Driver Skills Challenge, followed by Tuscaloosa, Ala., driver Lowell Lee and El Monte, Calif., driver Roger Melton.

 

From left to right: Rite Aid SVP supply chain Wilson Lester, William Plevney, Lowell Lee, Roger Melton

The contest recognizes drivers’ skill and safety practices based on a series of American Trucking Association format challenges designed to challenge them in maneuvering behind the wheel, safety knowledge in a written test and pre-trip safety inspections.

"The competition was a great reflection on all our talented drivers, and I just happened to come out on top today," Plevney, who has a decade of driving experience, said. "The level of skill and dedication to safety on display at the contest is what we do on a daily basis."

 

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