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Scotts enters deal to develop more natural products

BY Ken Clark

Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro will collaborate with Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) on research and development in natural plant protection products. 

"We are excited about this new partnership with MBI because we believe it will lead to improved products that enable gardeners who choose natural options to get great results," said Bruce Caldwell, Scotts Miracle-Gro’s Global R&D Leader. 

Scotts Miracle-Gro will have access to MBI’s full portfolio of innovative biopesticides for the development of new products for the lawn and garden market. MBI will manufacture and supply any resulting products, and Scotts Miracle-Gro will maintain worldwide marketing rights. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Our goal is to provide the tools and products consumers need to be successful, and it is important to offer natural products that are truly effective," Caldwell added. "Working with partners like Marrone Bio Innovations helps drive a robust development process that combines consumer insights with the most advanced R&D in the business to create products that are simple, sustainable and significant."

Derived from naturally occurring compounds, MBI’s biopesticides are used increasingly in farming because they effectively control pests, can enhance plant health and increase yields, and leave no residues on crops or in the environment, according to the Davis, Calif.-based company.

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d.samson says:
Mar-01-2012 12:10 pm

Natural seems to be the
Natural seems to be the answer to everything these days and I am glad things are heading in this direction especially when we talk about pesticides. I am lucky enough to keep in touch with what I believe it's the best pest control company in the area, they always offered their support whenever I needed them.

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Lowe’s launches MyLowes Web tool

BY Ken Clark

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s launched its MyLowes Web-based tool, its digital effort to help consumers maintain, manage and dream about home improvement.

One key feature of the "integrated online experience" is its ability to allow customers to automatically track and store their purchases along with their customer profile online.

“Customers expect to be engaged and in control throughout the entire home improvement experience — from inspiration to enjoyment,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior VP marketing and advertising. “MyLowes will enable our customers to track and manage their homes all in one place, and it will allow Lowe’s employees to be better equipped to help meet the needs of our customers.”

The company said customers can expect additions to the tool. For now, it includes such features as:

• A MyLowes card or key fob to track in-store purchases online;
• Home profile to create rooms and store floor dimensions, product details and notes;
• Folders and lists to organize products, projects and ideas;
• Purchase history from all purchase points;
• Paint formula tracking after checkout;
• Access to warranties and product manuals from product detail pages; and
• Ability to set reminders for air filters and other common maintenance items.

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