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Kind Healthy Snacks launches granola bars

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — Kind Healthy Snacks today launched into a new category of snacks with Kind Healthy Grains bars, a line of chewy and crunchy granola bars made from five super grains mixed with ingredients like pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut flakes, dark chocolate chunks, and more. Each Kind Healthy Grains bar packs one full serving of 100% whole grains – a key source of fiber and protein – which help to keep you fuller, longer.

“We created Kind Healthy Grains bars with Kind’s ‘and’ philosophy top of mind,” says Kind’s founder and CEO, Daniel Lubetzky. “We felt that most granola bars require people to choose between a crunchy or chewy texture or to sacrifice nutritional value for awesome flavor. We wanted to develop a more complete granola bar that allows people to have it all.”

Each Kind Healthy Grains bar contains 19 to 22 g of whole grains (amaranth, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and gluten-free oats) and is available in the following five varieties made from ingredients you can see and pronounce:

  • Dark Chocolate Chunk – Enjoy twice the chocolate, made from whole grains coated with dark chocolate and real dark chocolate chunks.
  • Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate – Made from real dark chocolate and roasted peanuts, you get the best of both worlds: salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy, healthy and tasty.
  • Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut – Be kind to your sense of taste with real ingredients like gluten free oats sweetened with honey and toasted coconut flakes.
  • Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt – Treat yourself to the comfort of real maple syrup and sea salt roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Vanilla Blueberry – Squeeze the most out of your 10-day taste bud lifespan with all natural ingredients like blueberries and vanilla.

Kind also honed in on the fact that only 3.7% of offerings within the granola bar category were gluten free — despite the fact that up to one-quarter of all consumers report that they are looking for gluten free foods, according to a recent USA Today survey. With this in mind, Kind sourced premium gluten free whole grains like amaranth and quinoa, along with oats that are verified free from gluten contamination, so that Kind Healthy Grains bars can serve as a tasty and healthy snack option for the rising number of people who experience gluten-sensitivity.

The popularity of gluten-free foods is also evident with the recent Food and Drug Administration release of rules for gluten-free food labeling as more company’s look to provide consumers with these products.

Like all Kind snacks, Kind Healthy Grains bars are all natural, gluten free, low glycemic, non GMO and low in sodium. Suggested retail price is $3.99-$4.29 per box of five bars in single flavors.


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Meet Diplomat’s leadership team

BY Jim Frederick

Diplomat continues to grow even as it remains bound to its high-touch, patient-focused model of care. DSN takes a quick look at the leadership team behind CEO Phil Hagerman.

Gary Kadlec, president, says his job is to manage Diplomat’s remarkable growth "without losing touch with the patient."

Robert Fleckenstein, VP operations, directs quality controls, staffing, operations and regulatory affairs.

Atheer Kaddis, SVP sales and business development, oversees contract negotiations with providers, managed care, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and retail and hospital specialty networks and infusion services.

Gary Rice, VP clinical services, develops clinical strategies that align Diplomat for continued growth, while minimizing costs through the effective use of decision-making technology and data-mining.

Jennifer Hagerman, senior director of education and quality, oversees internal and external education and quality programs, including Diplomat University.

Jennifer Cretu, VP information technology and marketing, manages Diplomat’s eNAV technology platform, including ongoing system enhancements to boost provider collaboration and improve patient care.

Stephanie Turnbull, director of patient access and member benefits management, oversees benefits management, drug formularies and a team of funding specialists who help link patients with financial assistance.

Cheryl Allen, VP business development and industry relations, works with pharmaceutical companies to assure a successful roll-out of products while they’re still in the drug development pipeline, and to "build programs around new business opportunities."

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Pacific Shore Holdings launch therapeutic, plush heating/cooling toys for kids

BY Jason Owen

CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Pacific Shore Holdings, Inc., introduced the new Thermal-Aid Zoo animal "Mini’s". The Thermal-Aid Zoo animals are a 100% natural therapeutic, heating/cooling plush animals specifically designed for kids, to reduce swelling, ease pain and give kids of all ages a "huggable" pal year round, the company stated. The Mini’s are smaller versions of the original Thermal-Aid Zoo animal, which the company founder Matthew Mills calls the "next big collectable."

The new Mini’s are one-fifth the size of the original Zoo Animals The new Thermal Aid Zoo Mini’s are making their debut in Las Vegas at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Expo on August 10th through August 13th just in time in time for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season.

"We are planning a roll out of several different animals over the next three years", states Mills. These zoo animals, when cooled in the freezer or heated in a microwave are designed to reduce swelling or fevers, and relieve growing pains. Filled with patented all-natural corn, and created to hold temperatures evenly for long periods of time. The original Thermal-Aid Zoo animals names are, Jo Jo Monkey, Tiny Elephant, Ollie Koala, Happy Hippo, Baxter Rabbit, Bella Bear and Buckley Bear, along with the new line of Thermal-Aid Zoo Mini’s. You can enter to win and follow the new Thermal-Aid Mini’s on Facebook.

The real success story behind Thermal-Aid is what mothers are saying about this unique kid’s product line. The blogger that simply calls herself "Mama" writes this about her 2-year-old son, Landon: "His molars have been coming in this last month and they’re absolutely horrible. He’s always been really good with teething – no fussing, fevers or sweats, really no symptoms except drooling. This time though, he’s having a terrible time, constantly feverish. I’ve found that a cold Thermal-Aid Zoo animal really helps with his sweats and fever. Many times he’s fought sleep until I give him his Zoo Animal. It’s nice to know that there is something that soothes Landon, when it’s not always possible for me to do it. Also, it fits perfectly in our freezer, next to the Popsicles!" The Thermal Aid Zoo animals retail for $14.95 and the Mini’s will be available soon to consumers at $7.99.

Thermal-Aid Zoo products can be found at a retailer near you or at costco.com and thermal-aid.com.

 

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