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May 6, 2011

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has introduced a new premiere line of diverse films from around the world, which will be available on DVD, Video On Demand and digital download formats in the United States later this year.

LOS ANGELES — Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has introduced a new premiere line of diverse films from around the world, which will be available on DVD, Video On Demand and digital download formats in the United States later this year.

Fox World Cinema's debut will include:

  • Korea’s "The Yellow Sea," screening at Cannes later this month as part of the Un Certain Regard program;

May 6, 2011

The Council for Responsible Nutrition earlier this week announced the launch of a microsite as part of its joint education campaign with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition earlier this week announced the launch of a microsite as part of its joint education campaign with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation.

The new microsite, which will be available via the CRN website, is a hub for resources and information about nurse practitioners in general, as well as their attitudes about and usage of dietary supplements, the association stated.

May 6, 2011

With all the talk among the investment community and press about what CVS Caremark should do with its PBM business, it really comes as little surprise that president and CEO Larry Merlo hit the topic head on during Thursday's first-quarter conference call — insisting that there are no plans to split the company.

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT — With all the talk among the investment community and press about what CVS Caremark should do with its PBM business, it really comes as little surprise that president and CEO Larry Merlo hit the topic head on during Thursday's first-quarter conference call — insisting that there are no plans to split the company.

(THE NEWS: CVS off to ‘good start,’ Merlo says; company committed to PBM biz. For the full story, click here)

May 5, 2011

CVS Caremark is “off to a good start” in 2011 as first-quarter results registered slightly above guidance for both the retail and PBM businesses, and the retail segment continues to gain share. But what president and CEO Larry Merlo wanted to clarify straight away during Thursday morning’s conference was the company’s commitment to its PBM division, and he outlined its plan to further improve PBM performance.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is “off to a good start” in 2011 as first-quarter results registered slightly above guidance for both the retail and PBM businesses, and the retail segment continues to gain share. But what president and CEO Larry Merlo wanted to clarify straight away during Thursday morning’s conference was the company’s commitment to its PBM division, and he outlined its plan to further improve PBM performance.

May 5, 2011

Tara Harding, SDI senior director of sales operations, was honored as an industry rising star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association during its 2011 Woman of the Year award luncheon Thursday.

NEW YORK — Tara Harding, SDI senior director of sales operations, was honored as an industry rising star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association during its 2011 Woman of the Year award luncheon Thursday.

May 5, 2011

Good customer service sells, according to a new study conducted by American Express.

NEW YORK — Good customer service sells, according to a new study conducted by American Express.

May 4, 2011

Procter & Gamble has announced a string of organizational changes, including the retirement of Edward Shirley, vice chairman of beauty and grooming, after 33 years of service.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced a string of organizational changes, including the retirement of Edward Shirley, vice chairman of beauty and grooming, after 33 years of service.

Shirley will retire from P&G, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Until that time, effective July 1, 2011, Shirley has been named vice chairman on special assignment, continuing to report to Robert McDonald, P&G chairman, president and CEO. Shirley will be focused on ensuring the seamless transition of the beauty and grooming business, P&G stated.

May 3, 2011

In an effort to further enhance the online experience for its pharmacy benefit management members, CVS Caremark announced it has relaunched Caremark.com.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In an effort to further enhance the online experience for its pharmacy benefit management members, CVS Caremark announced it has relaunched Caremark.com.

The updated website, which boasts improved navigation and easy-to-understand language, is enhanced to provide PBM members a comprehensive destination site that allows them to easily manage their prescription benefits.

Caremark.com also sports such new features as:

May 3, 2011

Procter & Gamble has teamed up with Kroger to support the United Services Organization.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has teamed up with Kroger to support the United Services Organization.

In line with Kroger's USO support campaign called Honoring Our Heroes, P&G will launch a Mega Event sales promotion through which customers at participating Kroger banner stores receive $5 instantly at checkout when they purchase 10 participating P&G Mega Event items.

May 3, 2011

Supervalu detailed its strategic plan to deliver profitable growth in the future for shareholders at an investor event May 3.

CHICAGO — Supervalu detailed its strategic plan to deliver profitable growth in the future for shareholders at an investor event May 3.

Commenting on the company’s plans, Supevalu CEO and president Craig Herkert said, “We are focused on acting as one company, working toward a common goal of delivering increased value to all of our customers and meeting their needs neighborhood by neighborhood.”

May 2, 2011

Pepperidge Farm is helping its classic Milano cookies evolve with a new addition.

NORWALK, Conn. — Pepperidge Farm is helping its classic Milano cookies evolve with a new addition.

New Milano Melts cookies combine crisp cookies with a soft chocolate cream filling, providing two textures in every bite. The cookies will be available in Dark Classic Crème and Chocolate Dark Classic Crème varieties.

Milano Melts cookies are available in major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.49.

April 29, 2011

Kroger now is offering its shoppers the ability to redeem SavingStar e-coupons when they use their Kroger Plus Card at checkout.

WALTHAM, Mass. — Kroger now is offering its shoppers the ability to redeem SavingStar e-coupons when they use their Kroger Plus Card at checkout.

According to a press release from SavingStar, it is the only national paperless grocery coupon service, and the addition of Kroger to the SavingStar network of retailers increases the number of grocery and drug stores offering their customers digital coupons through SavingStar to more than 24,000 stores nationwide.

April 29, 2011

One of the basic functions of humor is to make people feel better about difficult situations. A group of software developers has incorporated that idea into a new app for Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads for people living with diabetes.

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the basic functions of humor is to make people feel better about difficult situations. A group of software developers has incorporated that idea into a new app for Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads for people living with diabetes.

The app, called “Shot in the Arm,” made by Nashsmile, delivers brief and simple diabetes management advice, as well as humor — for example, ways to handle an insulin reaction and jokes, such as “Whoever said ‘no man is an island’ has never seen my stomach in the bath tub.”

April 29, 2011

Drugstore.com on Thursday posted a net sales increase of 16% to $128.4 million for its first quarter ended April 3.

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Drugstore.com on Thursday posted a net sales increase of 16% to $128.4 million for its first quarter ended April 3.

"In the first quarter, we delivered strong over-the-counter and vision [categories] growth of 16% and 17%, respectively," stated Dawn Lepore, Drugstore.com CEO and chairman. "With our continued investment in our marketing initiatives, we acquired approximately 540,000 new customers this quarter, up 13% over the first quarter of 2010.”

April 29, 2011

Walmart announced that through its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation, it is committing $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to support emergency relief efforts following the recent Southern storms, Midwest floods and Texas wildfires.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that through its charitable arm, the Walmart Foundation, it is committing $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to support emergency relief efforts following the recent Southern storms, Midwest floods and Texas wildfires.

April 28, 2011

Frito-Lay fans really "like" the brand.

PLANO, Texas — Frito-Lay fans really "like" the brand.

The PepsiCo division said that its growing Facebook fan base has helped it garner the Guinness World Record title for "Most Fans on Facebook in 24 Hours," with nearly 1.6 million "likes" in one day, which occurred April 11.

To celebrate this achievement, Frito-Lay is giving away a coupon for a free bag of chips on its Facebook page to the first 24,000 consumers that "like" Frito-Lay, starting on April 29 at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time.

April 28, 2011

Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 28 stores in the Miami area, has launched a free pharmacy mobile application for its customers.

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy, which operates 28 stores in the Miami area, has launched a free pharmacy mobile application for its customers.

The new Navarro Rx App, m.navarro.com, is available for cell phones and smartphones, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile 7 (coming soon), and also supports two-way interactive SMS messaging.

The mobile app enables customers to manage their prescriptions and related health information directly from their mobile device. Features include:

April 28, 2011

Procter & Gamble announced on Thursday that its beauty and grooming segments posted single-digit increases in net sales during the third quarter.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble announced on Thursday that its beauty and grooming segments posted single-digit increases in net sales during the third quarter.

Beauty net sales rose 5% to $4.9 billion, on 5% volume growth. Organic volume, which excludes the net impact of Zest and minor fragrance divestitures, increased 6%, and organic sales grew 4%. The company noted that volume growth was driven by double-digit growth in developing regions, while volume in developed regions was flat.

April 28, 2011

Net income for Safeway dropped due to a tax charge and the retailer's decision to repatriate $1.1 billion from its wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, although the company noted revenue rose nearly 5%.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Net income for Safeway dropped due to a tax charge and the retailer's decision to repatriate $1.1 billion from its wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, although the company noted revenue rose nearly 5%.

Net income for the first quarter ended March 26 dropped to $25.1 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, compared with $96 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, in first quarter 2010. Excluding the tax charge, Safeway said first-quarter net income was $105.3 million, or 29 cents per diluted share.

April 27, 2011

AstraZeneca has launched a new technology on two of its products' websites to give consumers an option to contact a live AstraZeneca customer service representative with just a click of a button.

WILMINGTON, Del. — AstraZeneca has launched a new technology on two of its products' websites to give consumers an option to contact a live AstraZeneca customer service representative with just a click of a button.

April 27, 2011

BioFilm on Wednesday launched Astroglide Natural product, a water-based and latex-safe personal lubricant made with all-natural botanical ingredients.

VISTA, Calif. — BioFilm on Wednesday launched Astroglide Natural product, a water-based and latex-safe personal lubricant made with all-natural botanical ingredients.

"Our enhanced Astroglide Natural is perfect for the consumer who desires all-natural or organic products," BioFilm CEO Lisa O'Carroll said. "Natural-themed stores and products continue to explode in popularity throughout the country, and we worked hard to be a part of that growth."

April 27, 2011

Procter & Gamble’s Pantene hair care brand has started producing its new shampoo and conditioner bottles made primarily from plant-based plastic.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Pantene hair care brand has started producing its new shampoo and conditioner bottles made primarily from plant-based plastic.

This material — a first for the hair care industry — is made from sugar cane and will be featured on the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion collection. The new bottles initially will be launching in Western Europe with expansion plans to the rest of the world over the next two years.

April 27, 2011

PepsiCo is building on the social networking experience by providing consumers with a new kind of vending system.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo is building on the social networking experience by providing consumers with a new kind of vending system.

The company announced plans to roll out an interactive vending machine, dubbed the Social Vending System, which features a full touchscreen that enables users to give a gift to a friend by selecting a beverage, entering the recipient's name, mobile number and a personalized text message. There's also the option to further personalize the gift with a short video recorded right at the machine.

April 26, 2011

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing, known to industry executives as ECRM, announced the launch of its updated website.

CLEVELAND — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing, known to industry executives as ECRM, announced the launch of its updated website.

The new site offers retailers and suppliers a unique approach to conducting business by incorporating social media to facilitate communication among Efficient Program Planning Session, or EPPS, event attendees and MarketGate users, ECRM said.

To view the revamped site, visit ECRM.MarketGate.com.

April 26, 2011

Hallmark is touting postage-paid greeting cards for Mother's Day.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark is touting postage-paid greeting cards for Mother's Day.

The greeting card maker said it has developed 90 postage-paid greetings specifically for Mother's Day, ranging from $2.69 to $3.99.

Hallmark postage-paid greetings feature the U.S. Postal Service's Intelligent Mail bar code on the front of the envelope, the company said. When the cards are processed at a Postal Service facility, the bar code automatically indicates to the Postal Service that the postage is paid.

Hallmark cards are available in retailers nationwide.