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Period: June 17, 2013 to July 1, 2013
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HBA Expo: Is Bonicel, The World’s First Probiotic-Derived Personal Care Ingredient, About To Get Traction?

Ganeden continues to promote its Bonicel ingredient as “the first science-backed, probiotic-derived personal care ingredient that has been shown to significantly improve the appearance of seven common signs of aging” but thus far it’s not included in any personal care products in-market. This looks set to change. In a conversation with Business360, Ganeden indicated that two personal care products that contain Bonicel should launch in the next 30-days, with others following. Clinical claims                                            Bonicel was first announced some 15 months ago in Ganeden’s March 1, 2012 press release (‘Breakthrough Research Paves Way For New Probiotic-Based Topical, Anti-Aging Cosmetic Ingredient’) which claimed that “Bonicel, improves skin hydration, elasticity, under eye puffiness and reduces fine lines and wrinkles in humans.” Bonicel is made in part from the extra-cellular material produced during the fermentation of GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30. 6086) ...  More

"Ganeden At HBA Expo, June 2013", June 29, 2013

Kroger Uses Technology To Speed Up Shoppers' Checkout Time

Grocery company Kroger said using Que Vision checkout technology has enabled it to cut shoppers' wait time to start checkout down to an average of 26 seconds from 4 minutes a few years ago. Expected to be installed in the company's 2,424 supermarkets across the country, the overhead infrared sensor technology is credited by Kroger as one of the reasons for the 9.6 percent increase in earnings for the quarter ending May 25, 2013. Displayed on light boards located at the store's front, information including number of checkout lanes currently in service and the number needed are updated in real time. Besides enhancing customer convenience, the technology enables Kroger and other traditional grocers to compete better with discounters, such as Wal-Mart and Target.

"New technology helps Kroger speed up checkout times", USA Today, June 20, 2013

Companies Overcome Technical Challenges To Develop Avocado Powder

Two New Zealand firms have partnered to develop an avocado powder for companies that make food products (guacamole), cosmetics (facial masks) and nutraceutical supplements and capsules. The powder produced by spray dryer FoodWaikato and Avocado Oil New Zealand will be sold under the brand name Avopure in Australia, the U.S., Japan and China. The companies had to overcome some tricky technical challenges to make the powder: avocadoes are fibrous, highly viscous, and oxidize rapidly when exposed to air.

"“Pure” avocado powder on the way", Australia Food News, June 05, 2013

Companies, Organizations  

Twitter Readies Location-Based Marketing Platform For Retailers

Twitter plans to launch a location-based and geo-defined mobile marketing platform designed to let retailers send promoted tweets to consumers within the proximity of their stores. Aimed at enabling ads to be targeted to consumers near particular latitudes and longitudes, the service can help marketers to drive their in-store traffic by announcing deals or just by informing people of their presence nearby. Twitter's planned geo-defined service, however, does not offer location options as specific as the one Facebook has offered since 2011.

"Twitter is Developing Geo-Targeted Ads for Retailers", Advertising Age, June 21, 2013

Walmart Streamlines Its Logistics System To Efficiently Handle Online Sales

Walmart is finally adapting its order fulfillment system to the reality of Internet shopping. It’s a high-stakes game: online sales rose 16 percent in the U.S. in 2012 to $224.3 billion and now account for about five percent of overall consumer-goods sales. That number will reach 10 percent by 2017. In an attempt to catch up to Amazon.com, which long ago created a super-efficient Internet-based sales and delivery model, Walmart is implementing a huge logistics system that includes new warehouses for Web orders – a la Amazon.com – but also uses staff at its more than 4,000 stores to pack and mail Web-bought items to customers – a faster and cheaper way to fulfill online orders, according to the company.

"Wal-Mart's E-Stumble", Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2013

Further Adventures In 3-D Food Printing: Pizza In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

It was recently reported that a techno-savvy British couple had used 3-D printing technology to create edible sugar statues for use as cake and pastry decorations. Now NASA has funded development of a 3-D printer that would print an oven fresh pizza, even in zero-gravity outer space. Starting with powders, the printer prints a layer of dough (starches) that begins baking immediately, thanks to a hot plate. Inkjets then spray on a tomato base (in powdered form), then oils, water, and protein from dairy, meat or vegetables. The pizza, and possibly other foods, would need to retain nutritional content on long space flights. It should also taste good, NASA says, or astronauts won't eat enough to sustain themselves.

"The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food", Quartz, May 21, 2013

Marketing & Advertising  

Dazzlepro Launches Platinum Edition Toothbrush From Advanced Sonic Line

Dazzlepro launched the GT Model, the latest addition to the Dazzlepro Advanced Sonic Toothbrush line. Powerful and efficient, the Platinum Edition toothbrush comes with professional strength features and elegant styling, the company says. Capable of 40,000 brushstrokes per minute, the GT Model toothbrush comes with a time-saving, self-cleaning system that uses UV technology to sanitize the brush heads.

"Dazzlepro Launches the Advanced GT Sonic Toothbrush", PR Newswire, June 25, 2013

Appconomy Launches Carrefour Mobile Shopping App In China

Appconomy launched the Carrefour Smart Shopper mobile application in China. Appconomy expects the app, which combines an indoor location-sensing technology, a user-friendly social-shopping list, and an advertising system that lets retailers engage with customers, to change how consumers in China do their shopping and how retailers and brands interact with their customers. Currently used at selected Carrefour stores in Shanghai, the app's core functions are social shopping list, navigation guide, and promotional information. It will be rolled out across all of Carrefour's stores in the greater Shanghai area.

"Appconomy Launches Carrefour Smart Shopper App in China in a Major Milestone for the Retail Industry", PRWEB , June 20, 2013

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