Kraft Heinz pulls $143 billion bid for Unilever

Kraft Heinz pulls $143 billion bid for Unilever

NEW YORK — Food giant Kraft Heinz Co. has rescinded its bid to acquire consumer products behemoth Unilever plc. In a joint statement on Sunday, the companies said Kraft Heinz “has amicably agreed to withdraw its proposal for a combination of the two companies.” Published reports said Friday that Kraft Heinz offered $50 per share

CVS’ removal of tobacco cuts retail cigarette purchases

CVS’ removal of tobacco cuts retail cigarette purchases

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health’s removal of tobacco products from its drug stores over two years ago continues to impact retail cigarette sales. A new study from the CVS Health Research Institute, published online Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, found that dropping tobacco from all CVS Pharmacy stores reduced the number of

Mayne Pharma releases Bupap generic

Mayne Pharma releases Bupap generic

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Mayne Pharma Inc. has launched butalbital acetaminophen tablets 50 mg/300 mg, a migraine medication, in the United States. Mayne said Thursday that it will distribute the product, a generic version of Bupap tablets (butalbital acetaminophen 50 mg/300 mg) from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, on behalf of its partner Mikart Inc., the developer and

Schwarzkopf rolls out Gliss Hair Repair in Canada

Schwarzkopf rolls out Gliss Hair Repair in Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Henkel Canada has launched Gliss Hair Repair by Schwarzkopf, described as the only full product line that specifically addresses hair repair, plus other needs such as color protection and volume. Henkel said Thursday that the Schwarzkopf line, new to Canada, encompasses five hair repair formulas: Gliss Ultimate Repair, Gliss Ultra+ Moisture, Gliss

CVS Health makes Fortune ‘Most Admired Companies’ list

CVS Health makes Fortune ‘Most Admired Companies’ list

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has been named as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine. CVS came in at No. 45 on the corporate rankings list, which put it among the top 50 “all-stars” on this year’s Fortune Most Admired Companies list. In addition, CVS finished No. 1 in its industry

Upsher-Smith, NASPA honor pharmacists

Upsher-Smith, NASPA honor pharmacists

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc. and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) have recognized the efforts 43 pharmacists from across the nation with the 2016 NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award. Upsher-Smith said Wednesday that the pharmacists were honored for their outstanding contributions to the pharmacy profession. Sponsored by Upsher-Smith, the award is

Omnicell VBM 200F med-pack system aids adherence

Omnicell VBM 200F med-pack system aids adherence

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Omnicell Inc. has introduced the VBM 200F automated medication packing system, which both fills and checks its SureMed multi-medication blister cards. By automating several steps of the packing process, the Omnicell VBM 200F reduces manual labor and operating costs and lessens the possibility of human error, the company said. The solution

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler is leaving the drug chain effective April 1. A Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) spokesman on Wednesday confirmed the departure of Filler, who holds the titles of president of retail products as well as chief merchandising and marketing officer. “We appreciate Linda’s contributions to our company. Under her

President Donald Trump meets with retail CEOs

President Donald Trump meets with retail CEOs

WASHINGTON — Promoting his economic platform with business leaders, President Donald Trump today met with top retail executives at the White House. Focusing on Trump’s plank of job creation, simplification of the tax code and reduced regulatory red tape, the Wednesday morning meeting was a scheduled event with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). The

Rite Aid expands no-Rx access to naloxone

Rite Aid expands no-Rx access to naloxone

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. is has made the opioid overdose antidote naloxone available without a prescription in six more states. The drug chain said Wednesday that more than 630 Rite Aid pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia now offer naloxone without a requiring a doctor’s prescription, subject to

Coca-Cola debuts Sprite Cherry beverages

Coca-Cola debuts Sprite Cherry beverages

ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Co. has added two new cherry-flavored products to its Sprite brand. The beverage giant said that hitting retail store shelves nationwide this week are Sprite Cherry, which comes in an on-the-go 20-ounce PET bottle, and Sprite Cherry Zero, which brings consumers another zero-sugar, zero-calorie drink option. Sprite Cherry and Sprite Cherry Zero

Walmart to streamline way it buys for web site

Walmart to streamline way it buys for web site

NEW YORK — Walmart plans to streamline its buying process so that the same merchants can purchase products for the retailer’s stores and its web site, according to published reports. The move should help Walmart leverage its considerable buying power to make its online offering more compelling to consumers. The new approach will mean that

Fred’s appoints senior VPs of merchandising, supply chain

Fred’s appoints senior VPs of merchandising, supply chain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has appointed senior vice presidents for general merchandise and consumables merchandising, including the hiring of a former CVS Health executive, and named a senior vice president to oversee its supply chain. The discount and pharmacy retailer said late Monday that Gregory Froton has joined the company as senior VP of

Just for Men rolls out Control GX

Just for Men rolls out Control GX

NEW YORK — Just for Men has launched Control GX, billed as the first shampoo that gradually reduces gray hair and provides permanent results. The Combe Inc. men’s hair care brand said Monday that Control GX is a “smart shampoo” that, unlike traditional men’s hair coloring, doesn’t call for extra steps to use. Men just use

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