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January 9, 2014

How retailers are investing in and addressing sustainability and how manufacturers are adjusting is the focus of a new video report on PLMALive.

NEW YORK — How retailers are investing in and addressing sustainability and how manufacturers are adjusting is the focus of a new video report on PLMALive.

Looking to address sustainability, retailers have generally been developing programs aimed at four different categories: products and supply chains, recycle and waste management, energy improvement, and design and construction.
    

January 9, 2014

The clinical development director of Rx.com Pharmacy Benefit Coalition is among the first few dozen pharmacists to receive a specialty pharmacy certification, the company said.

FORT WORTH, Texas — The clinical development director of Rx.com Pharmacy Benefit Coalition is among the first few dozen pharmacists to receive a specialty pharmacy certification, the company said.

January 9, 2014

Family Dollar reported sales of $2.5 billion in first quarter 2014, a 3.2% increase over the same period last year, the dollar store chain said.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar reported sales of $2.5 billion in first quarter 2014, a 3.2% increase over the same period last year, the dollar store chain said Thursday.

For the 13-week quarter that ended Nov. 30, the chain said sales were strongest in refrigerated and frozen food, health aids and tobacco. Same-store sales during the quarter decreased by 2.8% due to fewer customer transactions and a slight decrease in average customer transaction value.

January 9, 2014

Retail and consumer products industry veterans Rich Juliano, Vince Burke and Jim Gillis have founded Burke • Gillis • Juliano Group, a global consultancy focused on the supermarket, mass retail, convenience, drug and specialty retail trade channels.

NAPLES, Fla. — Retail and consumer products industry veterans Rich Juliano, Vince Burke and Jim Gillis have founded Burke • Gillis • Juliano Group, a global consultancy focused on the supermarket, mass retail, convenience, drug and specialty retail trade channels.

Burke • Gillis • Juliano Group offers executive management, market strategy, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, business development, product marketing, trade relations and related services to retailers, suppliers and vendors in the United States and around the world.

January 9, 2014

Schnuck Markets chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck, 63, plans to transfer the latter title in March to his brother, president and COO Todd Schnuck, 55, the company said.

ST. LOUIS — Schnuck Markets chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck, 63, plans to transfer the latter title in March to his brother, president and COO Todd Schnuck, 55, the company said.

January 9, 2014

Food and beverage manufacturers in the United States exceeded the goal to remove calories from their products by 400%, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

PRINCETON, N.J. — Food and beverage manufacturers in the United States exceeded the goal to remove calories from their products by 400%, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

January 9, 2014

Sparkling Ice, part of the TalkingRain portfolio of beverages, will expand its line of zero-calorie sparkling waters with the addition of two new flavors.

PRESTON, Wash. — Sparkling Ice, part of the TalkingRain portfolio of beverages, will expand its line of zero-calorie sparkling waters with the addition of two new flavors. Starting this month, consumers will get to indulge in Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon.

Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade mingles the sweetness of cherries with the tanginess of lime to provide a bold flavor, while Strawberry Watermelon joins two summertime favorites for a refreshment that can be enjoyed year-round.  

January 9, 2014

Ninety percent of people today want to have a say in important decisions regarding their health care, but only a small percentage are certain they'll have the recommended amount of savings needed to cover health expenses after retirement, according to a new study.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ninety percent of people today want to have a say in important decisions regarding their health care, but only a small percentage are certain they'll have the recommended amount of savings needed to cover health expenses after retirement, according to a new study.

January 9, 2014

While Save-A-Lot is still the jewel in the crown of Supervalu, the chain has committed to investing into its retail supermarket banners with a makeover for all of the banners, a review of the planograms within those banners and private label.

MINNEAPOLIS — While Save-A-Lot is still the jewel in the crown of Supervalu, the chain has committed to investing into its retail supermarket banners with a makeover for all of the banners, a review of the planograms within those banners and private label. 

January 9, 2014

The head of the country's largest e-prescribing network is stepping down, the company said Thursday.

ARLINGTON, Va. — The head of the country's largest e-prescribing network is stepping down, the company said Thursday.

Surescripts announced that president and CEO Harry Totonis would leave the company in March. Totonis began with the company following its 2008 merger with RxHub.

Surescripts' board of directors is retaining an executive search firm to find a successor, and a spokeswoman for the company told DSN that it was actively looking for a replacement with Totonis' help, and did not have plans to appoint an interim CEO at this time.

January 9, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has appointed Erez Vigodman as president and CEO, the Israeli drug maker said Thursday.

JERUSALEM — Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has appointed Erez Vigodman as president and CEO, the Israeli drug maker said Thursday.

Vigodman will replace acting president and CEO Eyal Desheh, who will return to his previous position as group EVP and CFO. Desheh took the interim position after the departure of former president and CEO Jeremy Levin in October 2013.

January 8, 2014

A&D Medical announced the release of its next generation Wellness Connected, a secure, flexible platform to help people increase physical activity and manage their health.

LAS VEGAS — A&D Medical on Tuesday announced the release of its next generation Wellness Connected, a secure, flexible platform to help people increase physical activity and manage their health.

“Designed to address the demands of corporate and consumer wellness markets, the Wellness Connected platform combines the company’s new Bluetooth Smart-enabled medical devices, A&D Connect mobile app and cloud service to give individuals and organizations the tools they need to track progress toward healthy living goals.

January 8, 2014

Aetna has announced that Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies have been added to the preferred pharmacy network of the Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan as of Jan. 1.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Aetna has announced that Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies have been added to the preferred pharmacy network of the Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan as of Jan. 1.

January 8, 2014

American Heritage International, a manufacturer and distributor of premium electronic cigarettes, announced that its entire product line is now available for purchase through the company's website.

LAS VEGAS, N.V. — American Heritage International, a manufacturer and distributor of premium electronic cigarettes, on Wednesday announced that its products are now available for purchase on the company's website, AmericanHeritageOnline.com.

"Making our disposable premium electronic cigarettes available for purchase online is a significant milestone for us as it extends our American Heritage brand reach nationwide and gives more consumers the opportunity to experience our 'best in class' product," Anthony Sarvucci, CEO of American Heritage, said.

January 8, 2014

Everything from lack of motivation to stress can cause people to find maintaining a healthy diet difficult, according to a new survey by a company that makes stevia-based sweeteners.

WAYZATA, Minn. — Everything from lack of motivation to stress can cause people to find maintaining a healthy diet difficult, according to a new survey by a company that makes stevia-based sweeteners.

January 8, 2014

Procter & Gamble hair care brand Aussie and Nickelodeon have partnered on a new hair care collection for kids inspired by the preschool series “Dora the Explorer.”

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble hair care brand Aussie and Nickelodeon have partnered on a new hair care collection for kids inspired by the preschool series “Dora the Explorer.”

“Nickelodeon is delighted to partner with Aussie Kids to create their first-ever licensed hair care line,” stated Samantha Kanter, VP packaged goods, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “The collection allows Dora fans to experience their favorite explorers in a whole new way by making bath time fun and interactive for kids and parents everywhere.”

January 8, 2014

A New York-based distribution, merchandising and analytics firm has hired a former executive from Rite Aid and Duane Reade.

NEW YORK — A New York-based distribution, merchandising and analytics firm has hired a former executive from Rite Aid and Duane Reade.

L&R Distributors announced Wednesday the hiring of Mike Cirilli as VP category management and procurement. L&R distributes more than 30,000 general merchandise, health, beauty and cosmetics products, pointing more than 12,000 points of distribution across the supermarket, drug, independent and mass-merchandise channels.

January 8, 2014

While snacking has become increasingly popular among Americans, often even replacing regular meals, many companies also have been developing salty snack foods that are healthier, according to a new study.

ROCKVILLE, Md. — While snacking has become increasingly popular among Americans, often even replacing regular meals, many companies also have been developing salty snack foods that are healthier, according to a new study.

In a report titled "Salty Snacks in the U.S.," market research firm Packaged Facts found that 50 million consumers who often snack between meals consider salted snacks their favorite, while 90% of households reporting eating salty snacks in the past 30 days.

January 8, 2014

Hair care manufacturer Creme of Nature has announced that it is launching Straight from Eden, a new relaxer system that utilizes a straightening creme that is 100% derived from plants to make chemical straightening gentler on hair for better management with less dryness, damage and hair breakage.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Hair care manufacturer Creme of Nature has announced that it is launching Straight from Eden, a new relaxer system that utilizes a straightening creme that is 100% derived from plants to make chemical straightening gentler on hair for better management with less dryness, damage and hair breakage. The product will be in stores beginning this month.

January 8, 2014

Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a once-daily tablet to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and treatment of other conditions.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for a once-daily tablet to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation and treatment of other conditions.

Daiichi Sankyo announced the submission of a new drug application for Savaysa (edoxaban). The company also is hoping to get the FDA's approval for the pill as a treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, as well as preventing the recurrence of symptomatic venous thromboembolism.

January 8, 2014

It's a new year, one filled with high hopes and endless possibilities. And Dr Pepper hopes consumers choose to celebrate what makes them one of a kind in 2014 through the "One of One" (“/1”) campaign.

PLANO, TX — It's a new year, one filled with high hopes and endless possibilities. And Dr Pepper hopes consumers choose to celebrate what makes them one of a kind in 2014 through the "One of One"  (“/1”) campaign.

The brand will introduce a series of ads showcasing people who truly break the mold, including Grammy-nominated stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, YouTube phenomenon Michelle Phan and Grammy-nominee and "the king of bachata," Romeo Santos.

January 8, 2014

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing on Wednesday unveiled the ECRM Data web site, ECRMData.com.

SOLON, Ohio — Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing on Wednesday unveiled the ECRM Data web site, ECRMData.com. ECRM Data is an industry solution that offers turnkey solutions for promotional tracking and analysis functions.

January 8, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca for treating Type 2 diabetes, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca for treating Type 2 diabetes, the agency said Wednesday.

The FDA announced the approval of Farxiga (dapagliflozin) tablets, designed for use with exercise and dietary adjustments to control blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes affects about 24 million people in the United States, accounting for more than 90% of diabetes cases.

January 8, 2014

InMarket is piloting its iBeacons offering in select Safeway and Giant Eagle stores beginning Tuesday, according to published reports.

SEATTLE — InMarket is piloting its iBeacons offering in select Safeway and Giant Eagle stores beginning Tuesday, according to published reports. 

The small, low-power Bluetooth transmitters work in tandem with iPhones running iOS 7 and is part of inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar program, which will deliver saving incentives to shoppers and increase sales for vendors. The iBeacons will be installed at the entry of each store. When the app detects an iBeacon at the entryway of a store, it will push a coupon or other discount to the customer’s phone.

January 8, 2014

The semi-retired CEO of Costco Wholesale has been named as the recipient of the top award from the National Retail Federation at the trade group's upcoming trade show this month, the NRF said.

NEW YORK — The semi-retired CEO of Costco Wholesale has been named as the recipient of the top award from the National Retail Federation at the trade group's upcoming trade show this month, the NRF said Wednesday.

Jim Sinegal, who stepped down as president CEO of the Issaquah, Wash.-based club retailer in 2012, after 29 years, but still plays an active role in the company and is a member of its board of directors, is scheduled to accept the NRF's Gold Medal Award for 2014 at Retail's BIG Show, which takes place from Jan. 12-15 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.