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Kenneth Evenstad, founder of Usher-Smith Laboratories, dies

Kenneth Evenstad, founder of Usher-Smith Laboratories, dies

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Kenneth L. Evenstad, founder of Upsher-Smith Laboratories and co-founder of Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery, died at his home in Oregon, Oct. 21, 2020, having fought chronic pulmonary issues for the past five years. He was 77 years of age. Evenstad

Rx Drug Mart acquires 35 pharmacies in Western Canada

Rx Drug Mart acquires 35 pharmacies in Western Canada

TORONTO — Rx Drug Mart announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Forewest Holdings , an operator of 35 pharmacy locations in British Columbia and Alberta, further strengthening its presence in Western Canada. This latest acquisition establishes Rx Drug Mart as the largest and fastest growing independent pharmacy network

More than 4 out of 5 Aetna Medicare members in 4 star-rated plans or higher for 2021

More than 4 out of 5 Aetna Medicare members in 4 star-rated plans or higher for 2021

HARTFORD, Conn. — For the seventh consecutive year, Aetna , a CVS Health company, announced its 2021 Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans outpace the Medicare Advantage industry in the percentage of members in plans rated 4 stars or higher (out of 5 stars) by

Kroger Health now offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing

Kroger Health now offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing

CINCINNATI — Kroger Health has launched rapid antibody testing across its family of pharmacies. This move expands the company’s existing portfolio of in-clinic and at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests, to help inform patients if they have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Hy-Vee introducing automated cleaning system for shopping carts

Hy-Vee introducing automated cleaning system for shopping carts

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee, Inc. is rolling out an automated cleaning system that fully cleans and sanitizes shopping carts after every use. By mid-November, more than 200 Hy-Vee stores across its eight-state region will have a Sterile Cart system in operation. Hy-Vee is

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RETAIL NEWS

Restock Kroger is making successful transformation

CINCINNATI — Restock Kroger is delivering cost savings, improved shareholder returns, and a stronger competitive position, the retailer said Tuesday. “Through the Restock Kroger framework and intensity around operational excellence, we are achieving cost savings of over $1 billion each year and are investing savings

CVS Pharmacy launches QuickRenew

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has introduced QuickRenew, an online contact lens prescription renewal tool powered by technology from Premium Vision currently available on the CVS Optical website. Customers can use the easy and convenient tool to renew their prescription in minutes with an independent

Gateway Health, Giant Eagle Pharmacy team to address opioid epidemic

PITTSBURGH — Gateway Health, a leading managed care organization dedicated to caring for the “total health” of its members, recently partnered with Giant Eagle Pharmacy to introduce Pennsylvania Medicaid members to a novel clinical service dedicated to fighting the ongoing opioid epidemic throughout Allegheny County.

Kroger announces diversity, equity and inclusion plan

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. announced its Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, featuring both immediate and longer-term steps developed in collaboration with associates and leaders to accelerate and promote greater change in the workplace and in the communities the organization serves. “As America’s grocer,

SUPPLIER NEWS

Pepsi and the Detroit Lions wishing fans a “Happy Golladay”

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Detroit is home to some of the most unapologetically loyal fans the NFL has to offer and with the most festive time of year right around the corner, Pepsi is putting that super fandom to the test. Teaming up with Wide Receiver Kenny Golladay and

New Splenda Diabetes Care Shakes line expands to Walgreens nationwide

INDIANAPOLIS — Splenda Brand announced on Wednesday that its line of Splenda Diabetes Care Shakes, the first and only no added sugar shakes specifically designed to help manage blood sugar and support the needs of people managing diabetes and prediabetes, is now available at Walgreens

KIND unveils KIND Energy bar

NEW YORK — In a move consistent with a history of disrupting categories, KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) today elevates the energy bar category with the release of KIND Energy: a bar that provides sustained energy from whole grains. The product line’s first ingredient, oats, contributes complex