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March 15, 2012

Mor has expanded its lineup of sparkling enhanced water with a new flavor.

CHICAGO — Mor has expanded its lineup of sparkling enhanced water with a new flavor.

The company said its peach passionfruit flavor contains five calories per can and is infused with all natural fruit flavors, enhanced with a smart blend of herbs, electrolytes and vitamins, and doesn't contain sugar, sodium or caffeine.

In related news, Mor recently tapped consumer packaging company Rexam to launch a redesigned package for Mor beverages, which now are available in 12-oz. Rexam Sleek cans.

March 15, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has launched a new program designed to annually educate assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has launched a new program designed to annually educate assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research.

March 15, 2012

Navarro Discount Pharmacy has announced the opening of its 31st store in Pembroke Pines in the Westfork Plaza.

MIAMI — Navarro Discount Pharmacy has announced the opening of its 31st store in Pembroke Pines in the Westfork Plaza.

Navarro’s had a previous store in Pembroke Pines from 2000 to 2009. The new store is part of Navarro’s three-year, 22-store expansion strategy throughout Florida.

March 15, 2012

Reducing the cutoff of hemoglobin A1C to determine if a patient has prediabetes could be cost effective, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — Reducing the cutoff of hemoglobin A1C to determine if a patient has prediabetes could be cost effective, according to a new study.

March 15, 2012

Price Chopper is calling out products that tout value through a new display concept.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Price Chopper is calling out products that tout value through a new display concept.

The company said its Xtreme Values concept will showcase deeply discounted items in specially merchandised areas of Price Chopper stores. The concept will feature Price Chopper's private-label brand, Clear Value, along with "an ever-changing assortment of opportunity buys, limited-edition products, lesser-known brands, truckload sales and closeouts, as well as not-seen-before deals on corporate and national brand products."

March 15, 2012

Trix yogurt has become healthier, according to published reports.

MINNEAPOLIS — Trix yogurt has become healthier, according to published reports.

March 15, 2012

The board of directors of Target has declared a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per common share.

MINNEAPOLIS — The board of directors of Target has declared a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per common share.

The dividend, which marks the company's 179th consecutive dividend paid since October 1967, is payable June 10 to shareholders of record at the close of business May 16.

March 15, 2012

Procter & Gamble is supporting the recent launch of Tide Pods, the brand's three-chamber unit dose laundry detergent, by tapping singer and actor Jencarlos Canela to show Hispanic consumers how the product is unlike any other laundry product on the market.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is supporting the recent launch of Tide Pods, the brand's three-chamber unit dose laundry detergent, by tapping singer and actor Jencarlos Canela to show Hispanic consumers how the product is unlike any other laundry product on the market.

Tide said Canela will surprise people at laundromats in Miami and Los Angeles to show them how the laundry process can be consistent since measuring dosage is not necessary, the company said. Consumers will have the opportunity to meet Canela on April 3 at a laundromat in Los Angeles.

March 15, 2012

Unilever’s Degree Men is aiming to revolutionize its Adrenaline Series of antiperspirant/deodorant by adding movement-activated antiperspirant technology for men.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Unilever’s Degree Men is aiming to revolutionize its Adrenaline Series of antiperspirant/deodorant by adding movement-activated antiperspirant technology for men.

The Degree Men Adrenaline Series now features exclusive Motionsense technology, which is triggered by even the most sudden and slightest of body movements releasing extra protection throughout the day to fight sweat and odor before they start.

March 15, 2012

In line with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Winn-Dixie is offering customers the chance to pick up a free test at its pharmacies.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In line with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Winn-Dixie is offering customers the chance to pick up a free test at its pharmacies.

March 14, 2012

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios are bringing a popular sports film to Blu-ray in June.

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios are bringing a popular sports film to Blu-ray in June.

"Hoosiers," starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper, is based on the true story of the Milan High School basketball team and its journey to the state championship. The Blu-ray includes such features as commentary by director David Anspaugh, deleted scenes, "Hoosier History: The Truth Behind the Legend," as well as the original 1954 Indiana high school championship game.

March 14, 2012

Grocer A&P has emerged from bankruptcy as a privately held company.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has emerged from bankruptcy as a privately held company.

As previously announced, Mount Kellett Capital Management, The Yucaipa Cos. and investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, have provided $490 million in debt and equity financing to sponsor A&P’s reorganization plan and complete its balance sheet restructuring. In addition, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse arranged a $645 million exit financing facility.

March 14, 2012

Grocer A&P has promoted Raymond Silcock to CFO.

MONTVALE, N.J. — Grocer A&P has promoted Raymond Silcock to CFO. He succeeds Frederic (“Jake”) Brace, who is resigning from his roles as chief restructuring, financial and administrative officer in conjunction with A&P’s emergence from Chapter 11. Brace will continue to serve the company in an advisory capacity.

March 14, 2012

ConAgra Mills has introduced a new line of all-natural white whole wheat flour.

OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra Mills has introduced a new line of all-natural white whole wheat flour.

Ultragrain is naturally milder and sweeter in flavor, and delivers a softer, smoother texture and speck-free appearance, the company said. The line is available in two varieties: all-purpose flour — which touts 30% Ultragrain whole wheat flour, giving it 9 g of whole grain per serving — and white whole wheat flour, which has 100% whole grain nutrition with the taste, texture and appearance of refined flour and offers 30 g of whole grain per serving.

March 14, 2012

Endo Pharmaceuticals is hoping the Food and Drug Administration will back tougher regulatory approval requirements for generic versions of one of its drugs.

CHADDS FORD, Pa. — Endo Pharmaceuticals is hoping the Food and Drug Administration will back tougher regulatory approval requirements for generic versions of one of its drugs.

March 14, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of an antidepressant made by Forest Labs, the agency said Wednesday.

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic version of an antidepressant made by Forest Labs, the agency said Wednesday.

The FDA announced the approval of a generic version of Lexapro (escitalopram) made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in the 5-mg, 10-mg and 20-mg strengths. The drug is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder in adults.

March 14, 2012

Forest Labs has filed suit against Glenmark Generics and several other companies, alleging that they infringed on its patent for a drug to treat hypertension by seeking regulatory approval for generic versions.

NEW YORK — Forest Labs has filed suit against Glenmark Generics and several other companies, alleging that they infringed on its patent for a drug to treat hypertension by seeking regulatory approval for generic versions.

Forest and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica NV have sued Glenmark, Hetero USA, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Watson Labs in response to their filing regulatory approval applications with the Food and Drug Administration for generic versions of Bystolic (nebivolol).

March 14, 2012

PepsiCo's potato chip portfolio has hit a major milestone.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo's potato chip portfolio has hit a major milestone.

March 14, 2012

Pharmaceutical wholesaler H.D. Smith has appointed Bill Williams as CFO, the company said Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Pharmaceutical wholesaler H.D. Smith has appointed Bill Williams as CFO, the company said Wednesday.

Williams, who has worked at such companies as Kraft Foods, Allied Signal and Martin Brower Co., most recently worked as a partner in Tatum LLC's Chicago office.

March 14, 2012

With sign-ups for spring sporting events under way, adding physical exams to parents’ to-do lists, MinuteClinic is promoting its sport and camp physicals and is offering them for a discounted price through Sept. 30.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — With sign-ups for spring sporting events under way, adding physical exams to parents’ to-do lists, MinuteClinic is promoting its sport and camp physicals and is offering them for a discounted price through Sept. 30.

Through Sept. 30, MinuteClinic will offer sports and camp physicals at $49 — $10 off the standard price of $59. Coaches, athletic directors, and team and group leaders can help participants take advantage of an additional $5 discount for teams or groups of 12 or more that register online in advance.

March 14, 2012

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Wednesday that there are 100 days until the commencement of the NACDS 2012 Marketplace Conference.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Wednesday that there are 100 days until the commencement of the NACDS 2012 Marketplace Conference.

The conference, which will be held June 23 to 26 in Denver, Colo., will include educational and business opportunities for key retail decision makers to hold face-to-face meetings with their drug, food, mass and specialty retail suppliers.



March 14, 2012

Beiersdorf’s Eucerin skin care brand has expanded its Eucerin Repair line with two new moisturizing lotions.

NORWALK, Conn. — Beiersdorf’s Eucerin skin care brand has expanded its Eucerin Repair line with two new moisturizing lotions.

Hitting shelves is the new Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion — extremely dry skin lotion, and the Eucerin Smoothing Repair — dry skin lotion.

March 14, 2012

Two of USA Network's primetime shows are coming to DVD, thanks to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

LOS ANGELES — Two of USA Network's primetime shows are coming to DVD, thanks to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

March 14, 2012

Shares of Rite Aid crossed the $2 mark Wednesday afternoon following analyst speculation about the prospects of a takeover by Walgreens, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Shares of Rite Aid crossed the $2 mark Wednesday afternoon following analyst speculation about the prospects of a takeover by Walgreens, according to published reports.

March 14, 2012

In effort to further its commitment to sustainability, Safeway's private-label Softly bath and facial tissue and Ultra Thirsty paper towels now are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — In effort to further its commitment to sustainability, Safeway's private-label Softly bath and facial tissue and Ultra Thirsty paper towels now are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

Safeway's paper products earned the FSC seal by being produced from fiber sourced from suppliers who have been independently certified to follow the strictest standards in sustainable, ethical forestry management and production chain controls.