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Rubbermaid breaks ground with new food storage line

BY Gina Acosta

NEW YORK — Consumers looking for something to help keep produce fresher longer in the fridge have a new option in the food storage aisle from Rubbermaid.

The brand has unveiled FreshWorks Produce Saver, a breakthrough food storage container that features patented technology to keep produce fresher up to 80% longer than traditional produce packaging. 

With FreshWorks Produce Saver products, consumers can simply move produce from store packaging and into FreshWorks containers before refrigerating to maintain freshness for up to 80% longer. Available in three different sizes to fit a variety of produce needs, FreshWorks features revolutionary FreshVent technology to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide, while the CrispTray helps reduce moisture and spoilage. From berries to leafy greens, this means that Americans can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables for longer.

Rubbermaid will launch a "Long Live Produce Challenge" on June 13, encouraging consumers to test and prove the benefits of the FreshWorks Produce Saver, while they shop for their favorite fresh produce. 

FreshWorks Produce Saver features include:

  • Keeps produce fresh up to 80% longer versus store packaging.
  • FreshVent Lid contains revolutionary membrane that naturally regulates the flow of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide to create the optimal environment so produce stays nearly as fresh as the day it was picked.
  • CrispTray helps keep moisture away from produce to reduce spoilage.
  • Lid filter lasts a lifetime.
  • Top shelf dishwasher safe, BPA-free.
  • Available in three sizes to hold all types of produce: Small (2.5 cups): Ideal for small berrie; Medium (6.3 cups): Perfect for strawberries; and Large (17.3 cups): Optimal for leafy greens.
  • MSRP: $9.99 to $15.99.

Rubbermaid's FreshWorks Produce Saver line is now available at retailers nationwide.

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MidWest Gloves & Gear inspires young gardeners with superhero collection

BY Gina Acosta

CHILICOTHE, Mo. — Parents looking to make gardening with their children more fun will be attracted to a new line of lawn and garden accessories from MidWest Gloves & Gear.

Just in time for prime gardening season, the company has unveiled a new collection of Warner Bros. products for their exclusive licensed line of “Batman” & “Superman” Garden Gloves and Gear for kids. The colorful Batman & Superman products are great for preschoolers aged 2- to 5-years-old.

“We are very proud to be the exclusive licensee for Warner Bros. Batman & Superman Garden Gloves and Gear products, and were applauded by the retailer buyer interest and excitement for these great fun products for kids at the recent Hardware Show,” said Stephen J. Franke, president of MidWest Quality Gloves, Inc. 

The new MidWest Batman & Superman Garden Gloves and Gear products include: Gripping and Jersey Garden Gloves, Grow Kit, Watering Can, Garden Bucket, Garden Trowel and Cultivator. 

The new MidWest Batman & Superman Garden Gloves and Gear products feature
high impact, impulse recognizable graphics with point-of-sale tags for fast-moving
sales.

MidWest Gloves & Gear products are sold at retailers across the USA.

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Rite Aid unveils big changes to weekly circular

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Incorporating learnings from recent consumer research, Rite Aid on Sunday gave its circular a makeover – making the circular easier to navigate and more digital friendly. “We’re really excited about this,” John Learish, SVP marketing, Rite Aid, told Drug Store News. “It’s going to be a very noticeable change and hopefully well received.”

The new, more feature-oriented circular is more streamlined, with products featured more prominently on each page. And each section is highlighted by a header that’s color coordinated with the décor in Rite Aid’s Genuine Wellbeing stores to help customers make the connection between the circular and the store.

And for digital users, Rite Aid is testing personalized offers – using loyalty card shopper data to identify the most relevant deals and pushing that content by email, for example.

The size of Rite Aid’s circular typically fluctuates between 12 and 16 pages depending on the season, and continues to be printed on high-quality stock, as it is a primary messaging vehicle Rite Aid uses to communicate the many values customers can realize by shopping at their local Rite Aid stores.

“We had a real opportunity to be more feature-oriented on the pages,” Learish said. “What the customers really want are well-organized pages with appealing product images shown in context. Through a detailed and disciplined use of stylization and photography   we are able to make a big difference in the visual appeal of the merchandise.”

In addition to optimizing space to allow promoted products to figure more prominently with the consumer, Rite Aid’s circular now includes category headers to make it easier to navigate and fixed features that readers can look for every week. “By [better] rationalizing  the space we were able to create fixed positions where we can communicate some of the benefits and services that are important to our customers, whether it be the pharmacy or a philanthropic [initiative] like our round-up program, KidCents,” Learish said.

The changes to the circular should also resonate positively across the supplier community. “We are doing a much better job featuring the products of our supplier partners,” Learish said. The products are the hero and they’re not overshadowed by iconography or big, bold pricepoints, he added. “The merchandise that we do have on a page is prominently displayed [and] it’s going to drive greater focus to what we are promoting.”

In addition, the reconfigured ad platform gives Rite Aid the opportunity to accentuate the wellness+ half of its loyalty card offering. “Wellness+ gives customers huge benefits,” Learish said. “[With this change] we had a real opportunity to promote all the different [benefits] wellness+ with Plenti brings. We packaged it under this new umbrella we call ‘Four Ways to Save.’”

Members can earn wellness+ points toward a 20% savings everyday on most purchases in the store, in addition to earning Plenti points that generate immediate savings not only at Rite Aid, but also across the many other Plenti coalition partners. A third way to save is Rite Aid’s “Load2Card” experience, where Rite Aid cardholders can load ecoupons onto their loyalty card for redemption at checkout. And finally, Rite Aid delivers every-day value through its weekly sales prices.

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