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WowButter Foods rolls out peanut butter replacement

BY Allison Cerra

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — WowButter Foods has introduced a peanut butter replacement.

Bridging the gap between allergic and nonallergic consumers, WowButter is a peanut-free spread that has a taste and texture just like peanut butter, the company said. Each jar also features school lunch identification stickers to assure that peanut-free and nut-free policies at schools are being followed, as well as call out the product as a nut-free item.

WowButter is available at many major retailers across the United States and Canada.

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FDA approves Mylan hypertension drug

BY DSN STAFF

PITTSBURGH — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a blood pressure medication made by Mylan.

The drug maker announced Friday the approval of valsartan and hydrochlorothiazide tablets in the 80-mg/12.5-mg, 160-mg/12.5-mg, 160-mg/25-mg, 320-mg/12.5-mg and 320-mg/25-mg strengths.

The drug, a generic version of Novartis’ Diovan HCT, is used to treat high blood pressure, or hypertension, in patients who can’t control their blood pressure with one drug or who are starting therapy and need multiple drugs.

Various versions of the drug had sales of $1.6 billion during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.


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Packaged Facts: Private-label nonfood pet supplies realize gain

BY Allison Cerra

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Private-label sales continue to advance in the nonfood pet supplies market, according to a new Packaged Facts report.

"Pet Supplies and Pet Care Products in the U.S.," which tracked mass market sales of nonfood pet supplies, found that sales increased by just 1% during the 52 weeks ended in May, while private-label sales of such products experienced a 15% jump. This strong performance lifted the private-label share of pet supplies by two percentage points to 23%. The private-label share peaks with dog chews, holding at 42% of dollar sales.

The incursion of private label into nonfood pet supplies reflects a longer-term trend, the report noted. From 2003 to 2009, store brands steadily gained across nonfood pet supplies categories except cat litter, whose private-label share has held steady in the 14% range, a testament to the strength and deep advertising pockets of national brands in the category, Packaged Facts said.

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