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Nielsen survey offers snacking insight

BY David Salazar

New York — A recent Nielsen survey has found that snacking is a big part of people’s lives. The two-week survey included roughly 1,100 adults in the United States and found that 91% of those surveyed snack at least once daily.

Another 62% of respondents admitting to snacking once or twice a day, while 7% said they snack five times or more every day. 

As for what people reach for when they need a snack, 32% of men said they look for salty snacks, while 40% of women said they look to chocolate. The causes of snacking are equally different. Women surveyed mostly snacked to satisfy hunger between meals (49%) and just for enjoyment (40%).

“In comparison to men, women are more apt to reach for a snack when they are stressed or bored or simply want a treat,”  Nielsen SVP of global consumer insights, James Russo, said. “For men, the biggest difference was having a snack as a breakfast alternative.” 

For almost one quarter of men and women surveyed, snacking is a replacement for meals. About 22% of women and 24% of men surveyed said they snack instead of eating a meal. The most commonly replaced meal was lunch.

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Charmin rolls out new scented toilet paper

BY Ryan Chavis

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble's Charmin brand is launching a new chamomile-scented toilet paper. Each roll of Charmin plus with the scent of Chamomile has the scent added to the tube to create an experience that soothes the senses, the company said.

“At Charmin we regularly speak with consumers to better meet their needs. In the United States, there are a growing number of people looking for scented toilet tissue because they either grew up with it or would prefer a scented product,” said Scott Mautz, regional brand director. “By adding the scent of chamomile to the roll, Charmin helps create a soothing, cozy bathroom experience.”

The brand is partnering with Ana Patricia Gonzales, host of ¡Despierta América! on Univision, to introduce the new product. Charmin plus with the scent of Chamomile is available in retail stores throughout United States, including Target, Kroger, Walmart, HEB, Dollar General, Safeway and Walgreens.

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BioCSL begins shipping Afluria flu vaccine

BY Ryan Chavis

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — BioCSL on Tuesday announced that it has started shipping the seasonal influenza vaccine Afluria for the 2014-15 flu season. Providers in the United States who ordered Afluria may be able to begin vaccinating patients as early as this month, the company said. BioCSL will deliver close to 16.5 million doses of the formulation, with 75% of the doses in thimerosal-free pre-filled syringes.

“Our historical operational focus on early and consistent delivery has resulted in a strong customer prebook order demand for the coming season,” said Dr. Marie Mazur, president of bioCSL Inc. “We are committed to continuing to serve the needs of providers in the United States, and want to ensure that they are prepared to help prevent influenza in their communities.”

Afluria is approved for use in persons 5 years of age and older.

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