Washington Post: Tea sales boon for consumer health and supermarket sales
WASHINGTON — The Washington Post this week took an in-depth look at the health benefits of tea and how consumers are taking notice. And that’s a good thing for specialty tea shops and supermarket chains.
As the report notes, "Nationally, tea purchases have risen for 20 consecutive years, annual supermarket sales have surpassed $2.2 billion, and away-from home consumption of tea has grown by at least 10% a year for a decade," that according to the Tea Association of the USA.
The report cites five classifications for tea: black, white, green, oolong and puerh, and notes experts believe all provide health benefits. "Many scientists link health benefits to tea’s polyphenol antioxidants, which protect against oxidative stress, but others say they don’t know exactly which chemicals or combinations of chemicals in tea produce the benefits. [Thomas G. Sherman, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center,] for example, said there’s no evidence connecting tea’s antioxidants to beneficial effects, and he pointed to a study showing that black tea reduces LDL, or ‘bad,’ cholesterol without affecting antioxidant levels, suggesting something else in tea is causing this."
“We don’t clearly understand why tea is so beneficial, but we know it is,” said Sherman, as quoted by the Washington Post. “There are lots of epidemiological studies, and so of course people see these studies and want to drink tea and gain these benefits.”
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Fujifilm says Walmart vendor award recognizes manufacturing, quality, distribution
VALHALLA, N.Y. — Walmart has given Fujifilm North America its "Vendor of the Year" award for its photo-finishing services in the mass-merchandise retailer’s stores, Fujifilm said.
The company, a division of Japan-based Fujifilm, said it received the award in the photo-finishing category at Walmart’s Supplier Summit in Orlando, Fla., last month. Fujifilm said the award recognized its manufacturing, quality and distribution capabilities.
"We are honored to receive this award from Walmart since it recognizes our commitment to exceed the expectations of our business partners," Fujifilm North America Corp. electronic imaging division VP sales and marketing Joseph Vaughey said. "This achievement is only possible through the hard work of our dedicated national account team, supply chain managers and analysts who provide the consistent knowledge and support we need to deliver on our promise to Walmart every day."
Elmer’s introduces school glue made from natural ingredients
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Elmer’s Products announced today Elmer’s School Glue Naturals — the first and only school glue made with naturally occurring ingredients and available in recycled packaging, according to the company.
Elmer’s pourable School Glue Naturals consists of 99% natural ingredients. The primary ingredient in the adhesive is plants, specifically American-grown corn, a rapidly renewable resource. The bottle is made from 25% post-consumer recycled materials, and the label contains 20% recycled paper, is printed with soy-based ink and is applied with a natural rubber adhesive.
Also made primarily from corn, Elmer’s Naturals Glue Stick formula consists of more than 88% natural ingredients. The sticks are made of 25% post-industrial recycled plastic. The labels are printed with soy ink on FSC-certified paper and the card is made from 100% recycled paper board.
"Through consumer and industry research, we identified a demand for natural adhesive products from eco-conscious parents and teachers," said Lisa Singer, senior product manager for the Elmer’s Stationery category. "While many people still will prefer our traditional white School Glue, we’re proud to fill this niche need in the marketplace with the first and only natural adhesive for school use."
Elmer’s School Glue Naturals come in a single 4-oz. pourable bottle, single 22-g glue stick or 6-g glue sticks sold in two- and four-packs, and in a 30-pack case. Suggested pricing for the pourable glue and 2-pack glue sticks is $3.29. The 30-pack of glue sticks retails for $16.99 for educators.