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Hy-Vee acquires 22 Shopko pharmacies in 17 cities

Hy-Vee acquires 22 Shopko pharmacies in 17 cities

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  — Hy-Vee Inc. has acquired the prescription files of 22 Shopko pharmacies in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Shopko patient files will merge into existing Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in the 17 cities where the acquisitions have taken place.

NACDS grant partners increase visibility on adult vaccination

NACDS grant partners increase visibility on adult vaccination

ARLINGTON, Va. — NACDS grant partners have published articles in the journal Vaccine outlining the results of projects designed to increase adult vaccination. The prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases in adults remains a significant public health issue in the United States. The demonstration projects were supported both by

CRN reacts to passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in Senate and House

CRN reacts to passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in Senate and House

WASHINGTON — In response to the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, issued the following statement by Steve Mister, president and  chief

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

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid Foundation raises money for Children’s Hospital in Michigan

CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Rite Aid Foundation has donated a grant of $50,000 to the Hurley Foundation, on behalf of Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Mich., to improve access to healthy foods for underserved children. The grant will support the hospital’s Nutrition Prescription Program,

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,

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

SUPPLIER NEWS

Arm & Hammer celebrating their consumers in 2019 ad campaign

EWING, N.J. — For more than 170 years, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda has remained a household staple. As a safe and natural cleaning option, DIY essential and cooking ingredient must-have, product fans have been unlocking the endless possibilities of our product for generations. To celebrate and

Herbal Essences gets EWG Verified stamp of approval

CINCINNATI — As more and more consumers ask for transparency about ingredients used in beauty products, they are also asking for their products to use ingredients they trust. Herbal Essences heard this call and is bringing two new sulfate-free botanical shampoos to the market, formulated

ONE launches UltraFeel condoms

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