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PetSmart, GNC to make dietary supplements for pets

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX PetSmart and GNC on Tuesday announced the launch of a unique line of dietary supplements designed for dogs and cats. The new line will exclusively be made for PetSmart and available at PetSmart and PetSmart.com beginning in the fall.

The GNC and PetSmart partnership recognizes that pet parents want balanced nutrition for their pets, just as they do for themselves. Like people, pets have unique dietary needs depending on their stage in life, and vitamins and supplements can support growth for young pets and provide enhanced nutrition for aging ones.

“These specially-formulated supplements will give our pet parents another unique offering to help them keep their pets healthy and happy and another reason to shop our stores,” stated Matt McAdam, VP merchandising at PetSmart. “Working with GNC, the leader in dietary supplements, gives us the opportunity to offer pets and pet parents a superior nutritional product.”

GNC EVP Tom Dowd reported the impetus to create the supplements came from customers who repeatedly requested supplements for their pets. “The new pet vitamins represent a true consumer-driven innovation – we saw the need first-hand in our own stores,” Dowd said. “With PetSmart’s expertise in pet care and excellent retail capabilities, we knew they were the ideal partner to join us in this venture.”

Both companies view the partnership as a strategic, long-term opportunity that sets them apart in the industry. “The vitamins are a one-of-a-kind product backed by two well-established, trusted brands that emphasize to pet parents why PetSmart is their total pet care resource,” said McAdam.

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American Scientific Resources increases noncontact thermometer production

BY Michael Johnsen

WESTON, Fla. American Scientific Resources on Friday announced an increase in production of its new line of 5-in-1 noncontact thermometers.

Delivery to warehouse is expected in mid June. Final sub-component assembly and packaging will take place in the United States at ASR’s Ohio facility, and ship to retailers the first week in August. Full production capability of the consumer model exceeds 5,000 units per day, the company stated.

The new 5-in-1 non contact consumer model has a suggested retail price of $49.95.

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Quigley now ProPhase Labs

BY Michael Johnsen

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. Following its annual shareholders meeting held here last week, shareholders voted to change the name of the Quigley Corp. to ProPhase Labs Inc. The name change became effective as of Thursday, May 6. The new corporate Web site will be www.prophaselabs.com.

“The vote was a culmination and affirmation of more than a year of very hard work,” stated ProPhase CEO Ted Karkus. “The shareholder support for our team is very much appreciated. Our new identity sets the stage for a new growth phase for our company by improving our image with our important retailers as well as with investors.”

The roll-out of the corporate identity change to ProPhase Labs will occur over the next six-to-eight weeks, which will include a new corporate log and new packaging for Cold-Eeze and Kids-Eeze.

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