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Nordic Naturals overhauls labeling system for professional product line

BY Michael Johnsen

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Nordic Naturals on Tuesday rolled out a brand new look across its professional product line with a new classification system to better assist selection.

"These labels have been developed with input from professional healthcare practitioners in mind," Nordic Naturals chief medical officer Keri Marshall said. "With more than 40 professional products, our new label design will make dosing and product selection convenient for the practitioner, and ensure the best possible experience for patients."

Nordic Naturals professional products labels now include a "true triglyceride form" seal to guarantee that triglyceride form products offer 70% better absorption than ethyl ester form products, providing better results and omega-for-dollar value; EPA and DHA amounts-per-serving that are clearly indicated for dosing convenience; and a "clinical research" seal to identify products featured in published research studies.

The bars now also are color-coded. Maintenance Support (in a blue package) includes nonconcentrate omega-3s and blends. High-Intensity Support (yellow) includes concentrated omega-3s with a minimum of 1100 mg of EPA+DHA per serving. Targeted Support (red) includes concentrated omega-3s with high levels of either EPA or DHA for targeted health needs. Condition-Specific Support (green) includes concentrated omega-3s that deliver high levels of EPA and DHA, with condition-specific nutrients added. Pediatric Support (orange) includes unique delivery options and dosing tailored to children.


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Meijer debuts new Chicago-area Marketplace store

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer has brought its Marketplace format to the Chicago area.

The new Meijer Marketplace is located in Cermak Plaza of Berwyn, Ill. At more than 91,000 sq. ft., the Berwyn-based Meijer Marketplace features national and Meijer-branded grocery items, along with a full-service pharmacy offering a variety of national and Meijer-branded health and beauty products.

"We are very pleased to continue our growth in Chicagoland," Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "Our team has worked very hard to get our new Berwyn store ready, and we’re excited to bring the Meijer difference to customers in Berwyn and the surrounding communities."

Meijer opened its first Chicago-area store in Bolingbrook in 1999. With the addition of the Berwyn store, Meijer now has 15 stores in the Chicago area ranging in size from full supercenters to the smaller Marketplace concepts. More than 180 new jobs were created by the opening of the new Berwyn Marketplace store.

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Clif recalls certain lots of blueberry crisp bars

BY Michael Johnsen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Bar on Monday initiated a voluntary recall of a small amount of 12-pack blueberry crisp Clif bars and individual mislabeled blueberry crisp Clif Bars in chocolate chip Clif bar wrappers with the "best by" date of 17MAR13G3, which were distributed to a limited number of stores predominately east of the Mississippi River.

The 12-packs may contain blueberry crisp Clif bars that are mislabeled with chocolate chip Clif bar wrappers and do not list almonds in the ingredient statement. Clif is taking this precautionary safety step for people who are allergic to almonds.

A small quantity of blueberry crisp Clif bars were inadvertently placed in chocolate chip Clif bar wrappers and these mislabeled bars were placed inside correctly labeled blueberry crisp Clif bar 12-pack boxes. The chocolate chip Clif bar wrappers contain advisory allergen labeling, which states that the product may contain traces of tree nuts.

No other Clif Bar products, pack sizes, flavors or "best by" date codes are affected, the company said.

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