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MilkSplash to debut in select Target stores

BY Ryan Chavis

CONCORD, N.C. —  S&D Beverage Innovations, a division of S&D Coffee, a custom coffee roaster and blender of iced tea for the food service industry, announced the introduction of MilkSplash, a new milk flavoring for parents who want their kids to drink more milk and make health-conscious beverage choices.

MilkSplash will launch this week in select Target stores and will debut at Walmart and other retailers in April. The product comes in flavors like Cocoa Loco, Sir Strawberry Swirl, Orange Cream Dream, Cookies ‘N Cream and Jammin’ Banana.

"We created MilkSplash to give kids lots of wonderful options to flavor their milk because research shows nearly 7-in-10 kids drink more milk when it’s — and we know that kids need to drink more milk," said Dr. Maya Zuniga, director of product innovation at S&D. "With milk consumption declining for decades, many children miss out on the recommended amount of milk and its essential nutrients, including three that are of most concern — calcium, vitamin D and potassium."

Each bottle of MilkSplash makes at least 24 servings and requires a squeeze and a stir to turn white milk into a kid-friendly treat, the company said.

"It’s time to shake things up and add variety, delicious flavors and cute characters that will get kids excited about milk and flavoring it their way," said John Buckner, VP marketing at S&D, who is overseeing the MilkSplash launch. "Our dream is to have kids say to moms, ‘May I have some more milk please?’"

 

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Report: Giant Eagle closing two stores in Toledo market

BY Michael Johnsen

TOLEDO, Ohio — Giant Eagle is pulling out of the Toledo market, according to a report in the Blade, Toledo’s hometown newspaper, published on Saturday. 

Giant Eagle’s two stores in the region are expected to close May 3. 

“It definitely is going to be a hit to our community,” Sylvania Township Trustee John Jennewine told the Blade. “They were very strong supporters of the community and very involved. We’re going to be sad to see them go.”

“Our decision to close these locations was made only after careful consideration, particularly given the impact on our team members and customers, and after significant efforts to differentiate these stores in the marketplace,” Giant Eagle spokesman Dan Donovan said in a statement obtained by the Blade.

 

 

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Genentech approved for Xolair

BY Ryan Chavis

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Genentech announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Xolair (omalizumab) for the treatment of chronic idiopathic urticaria, or CIU, which is a form of chronic hives.

CIU is diagnosed when hives occur without cause, spontaneously present and reoccur for more than six weeks, the company said. The symptoms include swelling, severe itch, pain and discomfort that may last for months and, in some cases, years. 

“Chronic idiopathic urticaria can be difficult to manage because its causes are unknown, and other approved medicines aren’t effective enough for many patients,” said Sandra Horning, M.D., chief medical officer and head of Global Product Development. “We are pleased to have Xolair as a new option for people with this serious skin condition.”

The company noted that approximately 1.5 million people in the United States develop CIU at some point in their life. Women are twice as likely as men to experience CIU, with most developing symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.

 

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