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Lonza Group launches new immune system booster

BY Michael Johnsen

BASEL, Switzerland — The Lonza Group recently launched its Alomune daily immune supplements into the U.S. market, backing the product with clinical trials that show the supplement helps improve the body’s natural defenses for optimized immune health. 

“Alomune works to naturally power your immune system and to keep it strong and more active,” stated Dan Johnston, brand spokesman.  

The active ingredient in Alomune is proprietary ResistAid made with larch arabinogalactan, a natural extract sourced from renewable Minnesota Larch trees. LAG is an excellent source of dietary fiber, the company noted. 

LAG also supports the immune system in two different ways — by improving the innate immune response, which is with us from birth; and by improving the adaptive immune response, which is built over time and affected by exposure to various immune challenges presented by  the environments that we live in. LAG also helps to support the body’s own friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, which makes up 70% of the immune system.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 204 healthy adults, those taking Alomune were 57% more likely to stay healthy than those taking the placebo, based on a primary immune health outcome. Alomune was awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal upon evaluation by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.

 

 

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Patient Views – September 2013 Methodology

BY DSN STAFF

AccentHealth collected data through an online survey conducted from Aug. 21 to 27, 2013. Participants responded via AccentHealth’s national, online panel of network viewers, and the survey yielded 501 respondents who were at least 18 years of age.

All data is self-reported and not validated.

Below is the demographic breakdown of the respondents and their behavior:

Gender

 

Primary shopper in household

 

Percent of respondents who suffered from each of the following conditions in the past 12 months
95% of respondents either suffered personally from one condition or had a household member who suffered from one condition
 

Age

Education

Household income

Source: AccentHealth

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Kroger posts quarterly sales gains of 4.6%

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Thursday reported total sales of $22.7 billion for the second quarter ended Aug. 17, representing an increase of 4.6% as compared with the year-ago period. Total sales, excluding fuel, increased 3.9% in the second quarter over the same period last year.  

And according to the grocer, this quarter marks the 39th consecutive quarter of positive identical supermarket sales.

"Kroger’s strong second quarter results have us on target to deliver the earnings per share growth we promised for the year," stated David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "As we have shown quarter after quarter, our consistent execution of the Customer 1st Strategy deepens customer loyalty, increases sales and creates sustainable shareholder value."

The company’s digital strategy is paying dividends, the company noted. "If you look at our digital app now, it’s among the top 2% of downloads [at the Apple app store]," Rodney McMullen, Kroger president and COO, told analysts Thursday morning. 

"We are improving our connection with customers and associates, rewarding shareholders and investing to grow our business," Dillon said. "We intend to continue building on this positive momentum with execution at every level of the company to achieve our long-term earnings per share growth rate of 8% to 11% in fiscal 2013 and beyond." 

In a move that will expand Kroger’s footprint "into new and exciting markets," Kroger in July announced its $2.5 billion proposed acquisition of Harris Teeter. No store closures are expected as part of that deal. And Kroger expects to apply Harris Teeter’s operational expertise across urban upscale markets to its existing store base. Kroger also stated it would explore potentially expanding Harris Teeter’s online click-and-collect service, whereby consumers can order their groceries online to be picked up at the store at a designated time. 

Together, that merged company will operate 2,631 supermarkets and employ more than 368,300 associates across 34 states and the District of Columbia. Following closing, Harris Teeter will continue to operate its stores as a subsidiary of Kroger and will continue to be led by key members of Harris Teeter’s senior management team.

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