Chattem Buys Worldwide Rights To Rolaids Brand

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sanofi, the parent firm of Chattanooga-based Chattem, Inc., announced it has completed the acquisition of the worldwide rights to the Rolaids brand from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc.

"The addition of Rolaids represents a rare opportunity to obtain an iconic brand that we believe will respond positively to our proven approach of growing brands through innovation and advertising," said Zan Guerry, chief executive officer, Chattem. "We are primed to leverage the Rolaids market opportunity to drive incremental growth and take the brand to a new level.


Rolaids is an over-the-counter antacid that helps relieve heartburn and acid indigestion. The product was first introduced in 1954 and over the years it has been a top selling gastro-intestinal category brand. Chattem will re-launch Rolaids and expects the product to be available at retailers within a year.

"This acquisition is consistent with our long-term strategy, which includes growing our consumer healthcare offering as part of a broader diversification strategy," said Anne Whitaker, president, North America Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi. "Chattem has a proven track record of successful acquisitions and integrations and the addition of Rolaids, an enduring brand with a deep heritage, further diversifies the company's portfolio."

Sanofi acquired Chattem in March 2010.  In the Spring of 2011, Chattem and Sanofi launched Allegra over-the-counter.

Other Chattem brands includes Icy Hot, Gold Bond, Cortizone-10, Selsun Blue, ACT and Unisom.

HTS International To Locate Global Headquarters, Manufacturing In Knox County

HTS International Corporation officials on Thursday announced the advanced manufacturer will invest $21.4 million to establish its global headquarters and new U.S. manufacturing facility in Knox County. HTS International plans to create 200 jobs during the next four years.  “A global company can choose to establish its headquarters anywhere in the world," said Governor Bill ... (click for more)

Influx Of Jobseekers Into Labor Force Pushes Georgia’s Jobless Rate Up In September

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 4.9 percent in August. The rate in September 2015 was 5.6 percent. “In September, we had the largest increase in our labor force we’ve seen in nearly a quarter of a century,” said State Labor Commissioner ... (click for more)

Top 12 Most Wanted Fugitive Corey Ripple Apprehended Wednesday Night

Robert Corey Ripple was apprehended on Wednesday evening by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was advised by the United States Marshall’s Office at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday that Ripple was seen turning in to an address on Dolly Pond Road. The agencies immediately formed an arrest team and went ... (click for more)

Harry Cooper, 54, Is Bicyclist Hit By Dalton Police Officer Thursday Morning

Dalton Police officer Allexis Rittenhouse  hit  Earnest Harry Cooper, 54, of 216 North Easterling Street in Dalton, who was riding a bicycle in the intersection of Thornton Avenue and Cuyler Street early Thursday morning. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash. The incident happened at 12:47 a.m . Officer Rittenhouse was traveling northbound ... (click for more)

Four Reforms For The Superintendent Selection Process

Hamilton County’s school district is suffering from a leadership crisis. Over the last decade, HCDE has had four superintendents, three being unable to even fulfill their contracts. This excessively high turnover rate has impeded endeavors to improve student achievement. Without stable and quality leadership, our students are robbed of the superior instruction they ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Little History Lesson

We are told that, as of today, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick holds the dual distinction of being “the most hated man in the NFL” and the wearer of “this year’s No. 1 Most-Purchased NFL jersey.” We also know that early voting just opened in “The Election of the Lesser of Two Evils” and, in Nashville, our educators are struggling with what parts of actual history should ... (click for more)