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Report: Asthma rates on the decline

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Asthma rates are on the decline, the Associated Press reported last week, citing a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the report, in any given year about 8.6% of Americans have said they have asthma. But in last year's survey, 7.4% reported they had asthma. "That was the lowest mark in a decade, and represents a decline of more than 3 million people," AP reported.

And the number of people who reported having an asthma attack in the prior year fell from 4.4% in 2012 to 3.8% last year – the lowest mark in more than 15 years.

 

 

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Dum Dums introduces Hawaiian Punch flavors

BY David Salazar

BRYAN, Ohio — Fans of Hawaiian punch will be able to get their fix in lollipop form this summer. Dum Dums announced Monday that it would be introducing two limited-edition Hawaiian Punch flavors, Fruit Juicy Red and Polar Blast.

"Dum Dums is known for flavor variety and that brings an element of discovery to the brand experience," Spangler Candy Company’s marketing director Evan Brock said. "Moms and kids will be excited to find these special flavors in their bags of Dum Dums this summer."

The company has made some 30 million Hawaiian Punch-flavored Dum Dums for distribution over the summer and will implement a social media campaign to drive engagement and awareness.

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Publix test-marketing customer deal site

BY Michael Johnsen

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Publix is test-marketing a website that allows shoppers to register for special offers in lieu of a card-based loyalty program, The Tampa Bay Times reported on Monday

Ed Crenshaw, Publix CEO, talked about the new site at the University of Florida’s Retail Smarter Conference last week in Orlando, Fla., the paper reported. 

According to the report, shoppers will be able to get customized notifications about deals and coupons on their smartphones when they enter a store.

 

 

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