Wellness Business Roundup: NutraNext Buoys Clorox Results, New Age Delays CBD Drink, More
FitLife direct-to-consumer, online sales fuel quarter; AXIM Wellness launching CBD gum; Canadian firm acquiring PA cannabis cultivator; Clorox' lifestyle division flat in latest quarter despite strong sales of NutraNext supplements; and New Age delays rolling beverage line on confusing FDA regulation messaging.
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“We love that we’re in differentiated segments here, emerging segments, not single letter vitamins, but product benefits that are scientifically grounded and that start to have a really strong following among consumers,” Clorox CEO Bennor Dorer says of the firm's recent Nutranext acquisition. He explained the “rationale” for buying a business that competes in a “fragmented category” without a brand leader during Clorox' third-quarter earnings briefing.