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Snickers evolves its Marathon brand

BY Allison Cerra

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Snickers is taking its Marathon brand to new heights.

Marathon — a nutritional energy bar — is revamping its image to present its products as better-for-you snacks. The brand has evolved to reflect its position as a functionally nutritious product line with indulgent benefits, Snickers said. To reflect the brand’s evolution, Marathon has launched a new Web site — MarathonBars.com — that features product specifications, special activities and tools to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. The brand will be participating in several exciting events including health expos, races and sporting programs and retailer activities.

The new Snickers Marathon will kick off in second quarter 2010.

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Rite Aid introduces Tugaboos baby care line

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday introduced its new private-brand baby care line Tugaboos, beginning with Tugaboos diapers that now are available at all Rite Aid stores.

The new baby care line is part of Rite Aid’s plan to revamp its entire private brand program with a new look, new brands and additional offerings to meet the needs of today’s value-driven consumer.

Creams, lotions and wipes are among the products that will be added to the line of Tugaboos baby care products.

Parents and caretakers can watch short informational videos about Tugaboos premium diapers and Tugaboos training pants on Rite Aid’s Video Values online savings program site at RiteAid.com, earning $1 off coupons.

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P&G launches eStore

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI A new online shopping site will offer household, beauty and grooming products from one of the largest consumer goods makers in the world.

Procter & Gamble’s premier site, eStore, was developed with PFSweb and marries innovation with shopper insights, P&G said. Functioning as a “living learning lab,” eStore features such tools as brand shop pages, consumer engagement and feedback and social network integration.

Prior to the national launch, the eStore enlisted 5,000 shoppers to help guide the design and development of the “ideal” online shopping site. These shoppers aided in simplifying navigation and which products should be featured on the site. Brands to be featured on the site include Tide, Swiffer, Olay, CoverGirl, Pampers and Febreeze.

“The U.S. eStore is an exciting initiative that we feel will help us listen, learn and collaborate with online shoppers to find new opportunities to serve consumers’ household, beauty and grooming needs,” said Kirk Perry, P&G VP, North America. “Through our partnership with PFSweb and on-going testing with consumers, we envision the eStore will help deliver new tools, services and features that can ultimately be shared with retailers to provide a real convenience and value for shoppers, while also delivering innovation for the industry and specifically for our product categories.”

For more information on the eStore or to start shopping favorite P&G brands, visit www.pgestore.com, www.pg.com or www.pfsweb.com for more details.

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