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Rubbermaid gives traditional brown bagged lunches a major upgrade

BY Anna Mcgrath

ATLANTA Newell Rubbermaid is expanding its line of Easy Find Lids system with its Rubbermaid Lock-its food storage containers.

“The Lock-its line of food storage containers is a timely solution for consumers seeking a little financial relief by saving leftovers and preparing affordable meals at home to take to work, and it’s the latest example of how we are using consumer insights to deliver meaningful product innovations to the marketplace,” said Steve Pawl, VP of marketing for Rubbermaid.

Easy Find Lids system allows lids to snap to bases as well as nest smaller containers inside the larger ones for easy kitchen cabinet storage and organization. The new product is also microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Easy Find Lids feature a vented lid to allow produce to breathe and a tray that elevates food out of moisture to keep produce fresh up to 33% longer than traditional Rubbermaid containers.

Rubbermaid Lock-its, Easy Find Lids, premier and produce saver containers are now available at mass merchandise and grocery stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Craig C. Phillips elected VP, general manager of the oncology business unit at Cephalon

BY Anna Mcgrath

FRAZER, Pa. Cephalon announced Craig C. Phillips was elected VP and general manager of the oncology business unit.

Phillips will be responsible for managing all aspects of the U.S. oncology business including sales, marketing and medical affairs.

“Since joining Cephalon two years ago, Craig has clearly demonstrated an ability to exceed expectations and bring value to our organization through his leadership,” said Robert Roche, EVP of worldwide pharmaceutical operations. “I am confident that Craig’s leadership and vision will support the dynamic growth of the Cephalon oncology business and allow us to continue to bring medicines that matter to the healthcare professionals and patients battling cancer.”

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Spartan fights economy with jump in net sales

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Supermarket operator Spartan Stores had a $9.3 million jump in consolidated net sales during first quarter of its fiscal year 2010, the company announced in an earnings release this week.

That and a 9.4% increase in EBITDA stemmed mostly from Spartan’s acquisition of VG’s Food and Pharmacy stores, the company said. First-quarter operating earnings increased moderately, to $15.1 million compared with first quarter fiscal year 2009.

“We are pleased to report steady operating profits despite the prolonged economic challenges and the incremental costs associated with this year’s business and operational initiatives,” Spartan president and CEO Dennis Eidson said in a statement. “As anticipated, comparable store sales at our retail supermarkets declined during the quarter due to economic uncertainty, which is causing changes in consumer purchase behavior, such as a shift to lower-priced private label products, and price deflation in certain high-volume product categories.”

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