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CVS Health study says more Americans plan to get a flu shot

CVS Health study says more Americans plan to get a flu shot

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Marking the start of flu vaccine availability, a new survey from CVS Health found that one in five (22%) of consumers surveyed who didn’t get a flu vaccine last year say that knowledge of last year’s flu season which had flu levels that

JD Beauty Group acquires Ouidad

JD Beauty Group acquires Ouidad

HAUPPAGUE, N.Y.– JD Beauty Group announces the acquisition of Ouidad, the curl expert hair care and styling brand. Popular among North American salon professionals, the company will join the JD Beauty group of industry-leading hair brands WetBrush and Bio Ionic. This acquisition further diversifies JD

Seasonal flu shots now available at Rite Aid

Seasonal flu shots now available at Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. announced that seasonal flu shots are now available at the more than 2,500 Rite Aid pharmacies across the country. Patients can visit any Rite Aid pharmacy to receive a flu shot from one of Rite Aid’s more than

Pharmaprix offering more healthier food items at several locations

Pharmaprix offering more healthier food items at several locations

MONTREAL — Pharmaprix is officially launching an innovative new concept called “Zone Marché” at several of its drugstores in the Greater Montréal Area. What is unique about Pharmaprix’s “Zone Marché” is the vast assortment of fresh products. With the healthier food options available at Pharmaprix’s

Rite Aid Foundation donates $50,000 to help with wildfire relief efforts

Rite Aid Foundation donates $50,000 to help with wildfire relief efforts

CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities in Northern California affected by the devastating wildfires.  “Spanning nearly 300,000 acres and showing no sign of containment, the Northern

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid, Albertsons agree to terminate merger

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid Corp. announced that it has mutually agreed with Albertsons Cos. to terminate their previously announced merger agreement. “While we believed in the merits of the combination with Albertsons, we have heard the views expressed by our stockholders and are

Amazon intros grocery pickup at select Whole Foods Market stores

USTIN, Texas and SEATTLE — Amazon and Whole Foods Market have announced the roll out of grocery pickup beginning in Sacramento and Virginia Beach, with more cities to come throughout 2018. Prime members can now shop Whole Foods Market’s selection of fresh and organic produce, bakery,

CVS sales, earnings top Wall Street estimates

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Pharmacy gains propelled CVS Health’s second quarter results ahead of Wall Street’s expectations. Retail sales for the three months ended June 30 climbed 5.7% to $20.7 billion, despite less front-end traffic. Overall same-store sales rose 5.9%. Pharmacy sales jumped 8.3% from a year

MinuteClinic Video Visits now available with new app

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As digital technology continues to change the health care landscape, CVS Health today announced that MinuteClinic, the company’s retail medical clinic, is rolling out a new virtual health care offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness

Diplomat announces 2nd quarter financial results

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  All comparisons, unless otherwise noted, are to the quarter ended June 30, 2017.  Prior period financials have been recast to include certain direct expenses as part of cost of sales instead

SUPPLIER NEWS

Bud Light unveils Cleveland Browns “Victory Fridges”

  NEW YORK– Bud Light and the Cleveland Browns announced the creation of the Bud Light Cleveland Browns “Victory Fridge,” a smart-technology refrigerator that will automatically unlock after the Browns capture their first regular-season victory of the 2018 NFL season. Bud Light and Ohio-based wholesaler

Coke and BodyArmor announce new strategic relationship

ATLANTA and WHITESTONE, N.Y. – The Coca-Cola Co. and BodyArmor announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement through which Coca-Cola will acquire a minority ownership stake in BodyArmor. Through the agreement, BodyArmor will have the opportunity to gain access to the expansive Coca-Cola bottling system, enabling the fast-growing brand to accelerate

WooBamboo offers natural alternatives in oral care

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Ranked by SPINS as the United States’ No. 1 fastest growing natural toothbrush brand (now in over 15,000 stores worldwide), WooBamboo’s “eco-awesome” oral care products were designed to inspire the world and empower eco-minded consumers. With a full line of bamboo

S.Pellegrino rolls out sleek and stylish cans

STAMFORD, Conn. — Today S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, recognized as a leader of iconic taste and authentic Italian style, introduces sleek cans to their product lineup. Delivering the same refreshing mix of gentle bubbles and fine mineral balance customers know and love, the new S.Pellegrino

Mylan launches first generic for Adcirca tablets

HERTFORDSHIRE, England and PITTSBURGH — Mylan N.V. announced the U.S. launch of tadalafil tablets USP, 20 mg, the first generic version of the reference listed drug, Eli Lilly and company’s Adcirca.  Mylan Pharmaceuticals received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated