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Kwikee Enhances Website for Product Images and Data

Updates include customized user settings, product notifications and unique search options.

Newell Rubbermaid Acquires Ignite Holdings

7/22/2014 - The acquired business will become part of the Home Solutions segment with Contigo and Avex joining the company's Rubbermaid, Calphalon, Goody and Levolor brands.

Big Data & Analytics Top Executive Agendas

7/22/2014 - A new report from IDC Manufacturing Insights concludes that big data and analytics will remain one of the top investment priorities for manufacturing organizations of all sizes for the foreseeable future. In fact, nearly 51 percent of respondents expect to generate new revenue streams from big data and analytics projects.

General Mills Invests $15M in China

7/15/2014 - The focus is on developing high-quality products for Chinese consumers including snacks, convenient meals, yogurt and super-premium ice cream.

Lindt & Sprungli to Acquire Russell Stover

7/14/2014 - The addition of the Russell Stover and Whitman's brands are expected to perfectly complement Lindt & Sprüngli's existing chocolate portfolio and make the company the No. 3 North American chocolate manufacturer.

La Fresh Group Launches New Line

7/11/2014 - Made in California, Eco-Beauty Be Good. is a line of highly-natural skincare products made with a natural anti-aging botanical complex of maqui berry, licorice root, ginkgo leaf, grape seed and hickory bark.

Unilever Sells Slim-Fast to Kainos Capital

7/11/2014 - The transaction includes the Slim-Fast trademark and the global Slim-Fast business portfolio. Slim-Fast is sold throughout North America and in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Aerosoles Names EVP of Retail

7/11/2014 - Kevin Mead will lead the strategic direction, ongoing expansion and operations of Aerosoles retail and outlet locations.

Mars Incorporated Appoints New Leaders

7/9/2014 - The company appoints Debra A. Sandler to newly created role of Chief Health & Wellbeing Officer and names Tracey Massey as acting President, Chocolate North America.

Walmart Hosts Open Call for Suppliers

7/9/2014 - For the first time ever, Walmart opened its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its world headquarters during the company’s first-ever “Made in the USA” open call.

Nestle Completes Galderma Acquisition

7/9/2014 - Galderma, with approximately 5,000 employees and a presence in 80 countries, will henceforth operate as the pharmaceutical arm of Nestlé Skin Health S.A.

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