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Fred’s announces Q3 results

Fred’s announces Q3 results

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s, Inc. today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended November 3, 2018. The retailer also announced it will complete the transfer of prescription files from 179 of its pharmacies to Walgreens Boots Alliance early next year. Joe Anto, Fred’s

CRN welcomes formation of FDA dietary supplement working group

CRN welcomes formation of FDA dietary supplement working group

WASHINGTON – In response to an announcement made by Scott Gottlieb, commissioner, Food & Drug Administration (FDA) at the Food and Drug Law Institute Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference on December 12, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary

The Senate and House pass U.S. Farm Bill; waiting on Trump’s signature

The Senate and House pass U.S. Farm Bill; waiting on Trump’s signature

WASHINGTON —The House on Wednesday passed a $867 billion U.S. Farm Bill. The bill, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 87-13, now heads to the president’s desk for signature. The House approved it overwhelmingly, 369-47, after it was stripped of significant reforms

Acosta reveals top 10 CPG industry predictions for 2019

Acosta reveals top 10 CPG industry predictions for 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The consumer packaged goods industry is rapidly evolving, and a New Year will usher in even more changes. Experts from Acosta — a leading full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry — compiled their top CPG predictions for 2019,

Groups meet to form the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association

Groups meet to form the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association

WASHINGTON — The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) today announced the formation of a new organization, the National Hispanic Pharmacists Association (NHPA), to increase access to care for Hispanic communities across the country. Launched in collaboration with public and private sector partners including CVS Health, Walmart

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RETAIL NEWS

Kroger buying part of Shopko’s pharmacy business

GREEN BAY, Wis. — According to various published reports, Kroger Co. has acquired a portion of Shopko’s pharmacy business, according to a spokesperson for Kroger-owned Roundy’s stores. The transaction impacts 42 Shopko pharmacy locations. Twenty-five of those Shopko pharmacies are located in Wisconsin. “I think it’s

Kroger and GoodRx launch the Kroger Rx Savings Club

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced today the launch of its Rx Savings Club, a new program designed to significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs for customers across the country, adding to the retailer’s Wellness Your Way platform. The program was developed in partnership with GoodRx.

Walmart, Express Scripts to extend Rx network

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Today, Walmart and Express Scripts announced an extension to the companies’ existing network agreement to provide access to Walmart’s prescription services for Express Scripts clients’ covered members.  The companies also made a commitment to deliver additional affordable prescription solutions to millions of underinsured and

Walgreens launching safe medication disposal kiosks in Missouri

DEERFIELD, Ill. —  Walgreens is expanding its first of a kind safe medication disposal program throughout Missouri to allow individuals to dispose of unwanted medication in a drugstore setting year-round at no cost. Governor Mike Parson will join Walgreens at one of its St. Louis

7-Eleven introduces Roamer canned wine for people on the go

IRVING, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc. introduces its first canned wine – Roamer. It is available in chardonnay and rosé. The Roamer Syrah-based rosé is a dry, fruit-driven wine with hints of strawberry and raspberry, making it a crisp, easy-drinking rosé. The Roamer chardonnay has an

SUPPLIER NEWS

ONE launches UltraFeel condums

BOSTON – Today ONE Condoms announces UltraFeel, their thinnest condom yet combined with ONE’s latest manufacturing technologies. UltraFeel features full lubrication from base to tip through an advanced manufacturing process, an incredibly thin bead at the base of the condom for additional comfort, and SheerSkin latex that’s

CBDMEDIC predicts hemp farming legalization will triple growth

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CBDMEDIC reported that with the impending signing of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill into law, the industrial hemp farming business will triple in growth. The company said the passing of the proposed 2018 Farm Bill would eliminate the legal grey area facing

Weller launches CBD-infused coconut snacks

BOULDER, Colo. — Weller, an innovative pioneer in CBD-infused food and beverage products, announces today the launch of its first product line: CBD Coconut Bites, available in Dark Chocolate, Caramel and Original flavor varieties. “Consumers are over-scheduled and stressed now more than ever,” said Matt

Seattle’s Chris Talone wins Wahl’s contest

STERLING, Ill. — From early lumberjacks, to modern-day computer programmers, a healthy beard is common workplace attire in the Emerald City — just ask Seattle school teacher Chris Talone. His beard has been getting attention in the classroom for years, but now it’s on the national

Vicks brings relief with DayQuil and NyQuil Severe with VapoCOOL

CINCINNATI —  Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe are known for providing trusted coughing, aching, stuffy head, sore throat, fever medicine, and this year, they’ve upped the cool factor to vaporize your cold with new Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe with VapoCOOL. These new products pair