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June 24, 2013

Estée Lauder has appointed Philippe Warnery as GM Canada, effective Aug. 12. Warnery will be responsible for the growth and profitability of the Canadian affiliate with a focus on locally relevant opportunities, assessing market conditions, building key account relationships, managing operational effectiveness, building capabilities and aligning and engaging the Canada team.

NEW YORK — Estée Lauder has appointed Philippe Warnery as GM Canada, effective Aug. 12.

Warnery will be responsible for the growth and profitability of the Canadian affiliate with a focus on locally relevant opportunities, assessing market conditions, building key account relationships, managing operational effectiveness, building capabilities and aligning and engaging the Canada team. Warnery will report to Thia Breen, group president, North America for Estée Lauder Cos.

June 24, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Kevin Nicholson to the new position of VP public policy and regulatory affairs, effective Monday.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has promoted Kevin Nicholson to the new position of VP public policy and regulatory affairs, effective Monday.

June 24, 2013

Target has donated money for relief amid floods in western Canada that have displaced more than 100,000 people and resulted in three deaths.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target has donated money for relief amid floods in western Canada that have displaced more than 100,000 people and resulted in three deaths.

June 20, 2013

Under a new law, pharmacists in Indiana will be able to provide an expanded range of immunizations that includes human papillomavirus.

NEW YORK — Under a new law, pharmacists in Indiana will be able to provide an expanded range of immunizations that includes human papillomavirus.

June 20, 2013

Jamba Juice, in collaboration with specialty food manufacturer Inventure Foods, announced a new addition to its line of at-home smoothie mixes with Green Fusion, a blend of fruits and vegetables that offers a dose of vitamins and antioxidants.

PHOENIX — Jamba Juice Co., in collaboration with specialty food manufacturer Inventure Foods, Inc., announced today a new addition to its line of at-home smoothie mixes with Green Fusion, a blend of fruits and vegetables that offers a dose of vitamins and antioxidants.

June 18, 2013

Energizer Personal Care, which is a division of Energizer Holdings, has announced a partnership with New York-based licensing agency Brandgenuity LLC to extend the reach of its Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat and Playtex brands.

NEW YORK — Energizer Personal Care, which is a division of Energizer Holdings, has announced a partnership with New York-based licensing agency Brandgenuity LLC to extend the reach of its Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat and Playtex brands.

June 18, 2013

Royalty Pharma will not buy Irish drug maker Elan Corp., the company said Tuesday.

NEW YORK — Royalty Pharma will not buy Irish drug maker Elan Corp., the company said Tuesday.

Royalty said it would withdraw a request for a review by the Irish Takeover Panel after Elan shareholders voted in favor of a share buyback. Elan said last week that it would begin a process of selling itself to Royalty, which had previously offered $13 per share for the company.

June 17, 2013

BioScrip will acquire a Cincinnati-based home infusion company for $223 million, BioScrip said Monday.

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — BioScrip will acquire a Cincinnati-based home infusion company for $223 million, BioScrip said Monday.

June 17, 2013

Perrigo Co. will pay up to $129 million to buy Fera Pharmaceuticals' portfolio of ophthalmic products, Perrigo said.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo Co. will pay up to $129 million to buy Fera Pharmaceuticals' portfolio of ophthalmic products, Perrigo said Monday.

Perrigo said the acquisition from Locust Valley, N.Y.-based Fera included an upfront payment of $93 million and milestone payments of about $36 million. The products include generic ophthalmic sterile ointments and solutions and generated sales of more than $30 million in 2012.

June 14, 2013

Ahold USA's supermarket banners have donated more than $4 million to charitable causes over the past week.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA's supermarket banners have donated more than $4 million to charitable causes over the past week.

Last Friday, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa., also known as Giant-Carlisle, announced a $517,535 donation through its annual Support Our Troops campaign, which benefits regional USO chapters in the area where Giant has stores, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of Virginia and Maryland.

June 14, 2013

Campbell Soup Company announced that it has completed the acquisition of Plum Organics, a provider of organic foods and snacks that serve the nutritional needs of babies, toddlers and children.

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Plum Organics, a provider of organic foods and snacks that serve the nutritional needs of babies, toddlers and children. Plum is the No. 2 brand of organic baby food in the United States and is currently the No. 4 baby food brand overall, according to the company. Plum Organics generated $93 million in gross sales for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012.

June 12, 2013

Shopko will open five small-format stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the mass merchandise retailer said.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko will open five small-format stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the mass merchandise retailer said.

The five Shopko Hometown stores will be in Afton, Wyo., St. Peter, Minn., and Winneconne, Ellsworth and Tomahawk, Wis. The stores are expected to open in late fall. The Shopko Hometown format is designed to serve smaller, rural communities and augment the chain's larger stores and will total 181 out of the chain's more than 330 total stores once the new stores are completed.

June 11, 2013

Fruth Pharmacy has launched a new mobile app and mobile website, the retail pharmacy chain said.

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Fruth Pharmacy has launched a new mobile app and mobile website, the retail pharmacy chain said Tuesday.

Fruth, based in Point Pleasant, W.Va., said the app would allow customers to refill prescriptions, receive pickup and dosage reminders and locate stores and find weekly specials. Starting in three months, Fruth prescription bottles will include a 4-in. QR code to allow quick refills by scanning them with the app.

June 11, 2013

Giant Food Stores' private-label milk brand has received recognition for being produced entirely in Pennsylvania, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Giant Food Stores' private-label milk brand has received recognition for being produced entirely in Pennsylvania, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said Tuesday.

June 10, 2013

Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca will pay up to $1.15 billion for a U.S. developer of drugs for respiratory diseases, AstraZeneca said Monday.

LONDON — Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca will pay up to $1.15 billion for a U.S. developer of drugs for respiratory diseases, AstraZeneca said Monday.

The company announced that it would buy Redwood City, Calif.-based Pearl Therapeutics, which has an inhaled drug for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, called PT003 (formoterol fumarate; glycopyrrolate), in late-stage clinical development.

June 10, 2013

Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Monday announced the promotion of Gary Philbin, 56, to the position of president and COO. He has served as COO since 2007.

June 10, 2013

Free health screenings, a weight-bearing exercise and other activities will be featured at an upcoming diabetes fair sponsored by Giant Food Stores, the supermarket chain said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Free health screenings, a weight-bearing exercise and other activities will be featured at an upcoming diabetes fair sponsored by Giant Food Stores, the supermarket chain said.

Giant, the Ahold USA banner based in Carlisle, Pa., and also known as Giant-Carlisle to distinguish it from fellow Ahold chain Giant Food of Landover, Md., said it would partner with Pinnacle Health, Capital BlueCross and the American Diabetes Association to offer the "Living with Diabetes" event at a Harrisburg, Pa., store.

June 7, 2013

In April 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, Office for Civil Rights, or OCR, began enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA. Now, a decade later, we can look at how the rule is being applied.

In April 2003, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, Office for Civil Rights, or OCR, began enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA. Now, a decade later, we can look at how the rule is being applied.

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June 6, 2013

Supermarket operator Ahold USA has completed rolling out prescription-savings cards at the chains it operates with the introduction of the cards in Giant Food Stores.

CARLISLE, Pa. – Supermarket operator Ahold USA has completed rolling out prescription-savings cards at the chains it operates with the introduction of the cards in Giant Food Stores.

June 6, 2013

Inventure Foods Inc. introduced two new baked snacks under its licensed partnership with TGI Fridays, the company announced.

PHOENIX — Inventure Foods Inc. introduced two new baked snacks under its licensed partnership with TGI Fridays, the company announced today. Extreme Heat Crunchy Fries and Jalapeno Poppers Snack Sticks add to the line of snacks inspired by the bar and casual dining restaurant menu.

June 5, 2013

More than 15,300 people attended the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo at Chicago's McCormick Place last month, representing a more than 10% increase in attendees over 2012, the organization that sponsors the trade show said.

NEW YORK — More than 15,300 people attended the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo at Chicago's McCormick Place last month, representing a more than 10% increase in attendees over 2012, the organization that sponsors the trade show said.

The National Confectioners Association said that the expo, which took place May 21 to 23, included 164 new exhibitors, compared with 140 last year, and sold 157,100 sq. ft. of space, a 9% increase over last year's 144,000 sq. ft. This year, 15,389 industry professionals attended, compared with last year's 14,010.

June 5, 2013

L’Oreal Paris is once again celebrating those women who are making extraordinary differences in the communities each day through its eighth annual Women of Worth program.

NEW YORK — L’Oreal Paris is once again celebrating those women who are making extraordinary differences in the communities each day through its eighth annual Women of Worth program.

The program has honored 70 inspiring women for their selfless dedication to volunteerism and charitable efforts. This year, L'Oreal Paris is partnering with brand spokesperson Lea Michele to help select 10 inspiring women to join the 2013 Women of Worth roster.

June 4, 2013

Logile announced today that Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle has fully implemented Logile’s Execution and Compliance Management solution across its supermarket banners, convenience stores, corporate office and retail support centers.

SOUTHLAKE, Texas — Logile on Tuesday announced today that Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle has fully implemented Logile’s Execution and Compliance Management solution across its supermarket banners, convenience stores, corporate office and retail support centers.

May 31, 2013

Safeway announced today Barry Libenson has joined the company as SVP and chief information officer.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway Inc. announced today Barry Libenson has joined the company as SVP and chief information officer. He succeeds David Ching, who retired from the role earlier this year after 19 years with the company. As CIO, Mr. Libenson will oversee Safeway's extensive information technology business functions, and he will report directly to Safeway executive vice president Larree Renda. He will assume his responsibilities on July 1, 2013.

May 30, 2013

While cough-cold season 2012-2013 will go down in the record books as one of the better seasons in recent memory, the spring allergy season has been delayed into May thanks to recent storm systems traveling across the central United States into the Northeast that have triggered a "faux spring."

While cough-cold season 2012-2013 will go down in the record books as one of the better seasons in recent memory, the spring allergy season has been delayed into May thanks to recent storm systems traveling across the central United States into the Northeast that have triggered a "faux spring." Temperatures rose briefly and dipped, causing pollen counts to grow and then fall.

For the 52 weeks ended April 21, sales of the three leading allergy tablets were all down: Zyrtec down by 3.8%; Claritin down 1.2%; and Allegra down 14.9%.