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Kashi teams up with Gaiam

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Kashi has teamed up with Gaiam, a leading distributor of lifestyle media and fitness accessories, to provide consumers with health-and-wellness options in a three-phase partnership.

 

As part of its three-phase partnership — which launches exclusively in Target stores nationwide in November and rolls out in all retail locations where Kashi foods are sold in December — Kashi will offer Gaiam’s Trudie Styler yoga sampler DVD free inside of Kashi GoLean cereal packages. The DVD sampler features a 20-minute Trudie Styler express workout focusing on yoga and pilates exercises.

 

The second phase of the partnership launches in December and offers consumers a visual instruction on the back panel of GoLean cereals for a quick Trudie Styler energy boosting routine. The routine includes five poses from Styler’s fitness series. The last phase of the partnership, which launches in January 2011 exclusively at Target, will provide those purchasing Gaiam DVDs a coupon for $1 off Kashi cereals.

"Working with Gaiam feels like a natural fit," said Jeff Johnson, Kashi senior nutritionist and natural lifestyle expert. "While we are proud to offer great-tasting, natural foods that deliver positive nutrition and enable people to live their best lives possible, our larger goal is to lead them on a journey toward embracing natural living, which is what this partnership truly represents."

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DPS discloses Q2 earnings

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper Snapple Group reported earnings per share of 60 cents for the second quarter, up from 59 cents in the year-ago period.

The company, however, had fewer shares outstanding in the latest quarter.

 

Net sales increased 2% reflecting sales volume growth, and revenue also rose with the help of DPS’ licensing agreements with PepsiCo, the company said. Dr Pepper also added that its carbonated soda volume rose 2%, although its "Core 4" brands –– 7UP, Sunkist soda, A&W and Canada Dry –– declined 1%. In its noncarbonated beverage sector, Hawaiian Punch volume grew 7%, Snapple grew 10% and Mott’s grew 3%.

 

Full-year 2010 diluted earnings per share are expected to be $2.35 to $2.43.

"Our portfolio of CSDs and value juices continued to post solid volume and share gains, further demonstrating their value to consumers. … We remain focused on delivering on our commitments for 2010, while building solid plans for 2011 and beyond," DPS president and CEO Larry Young said.

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Report: Scott Naturals tube-free toilet paper gets test run

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK As part of its sustainability efforts, Kimberly-Clark will do a test-run of its Scott Naturals tubeless toilet paper in Northeast Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, according to published reports.

The Scott Naturals line, which features bath tissue, towels and napkins made with a significant amount of recycled fiber, was developed in response to consumer demand for environmentally friendly products that didn’t sacrifice performance. Last month, Scott Naturals introduced the Smart Flush bag, a device that reduces toilet water use.

Sales of consumer tissue reached $6.4 billion for Kimberly-Clark in 2009, and annual global sales for the Scott brand totaled more than $2 billion.

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