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January 24, 2012

Stop & Shop announced that its customers and partners donated nearly $2 million through the company's annual fundraising program.

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop announced that its customers and partners donated nearly $2 million through the company's annual fundraising program.

The supermarket chain said it will donate 100% of the funds, raised through the 22nd annual Food for Friends program, to regional food banks and local pantries across the Northeast as part of the company's hunger relief efforts.

The storewide effort ran from Oct. 28 and through Dec. 11, 2011.

January 24, 2012

Supervalu on Tuesday named Michael Moore EVP and chief marketing officer. Moore will lead all of the company’s marketing activities, including overseeing customer and brand strategy, advertising, customer loyalty, and research and analytics.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Tuesday named Michael Moore EVP and chief marketing officer. Moore will lead all of the company’s marketing activities, including overseeing customer and brand strategy, advertising, customer loyalty, and research and analytics.

Moore was named to the top marketing post following this week’s decision by Julie Dexter Berg to leave the company and return to the West Coast.

January 24, 2012

One-in-5 consumers are asking their pharmacists questions about vitamins and supplements, according to a survey of pharmacists that was released Tuesday by Pharmavite.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — One-in-5 consumers are asking their pharmacists questions about vitamins and supplements, according to a survey of pharmacists that was released Tuesday by Pharmavite.

The survey found that pharmacists estimated they answer questions regarding prescription medications for about half of their customers (51%). By comparison, they estimated they answer questions about OTC products for just 1-in-3 customers (35%) — and when it comes to answering questions about vitamins and supplements, they estimated they do so for 23% of their customers (23%).

January 24, 2012

Bristol-Myers Squibb has appointed Toys “R” Us chairman and CEO Jerry Storch to its board of directors, the drug maker said.

NEW YORK — Bristol-Myers Squibb has appointed Toys “R” Us chairman and CEO Jerry Storch to its board of directors, the drug maker said.

Storch will serve as a member of Bristol's audit committee and the compensation and management development committee.

“We are thrilled to have a person of Jerry’s caliber, an industry leader with an excellent track record of success in branding and positioning a global franchise for growth, on our board of directors,” Bristol CEO Lamberto Andreotti said.

January 24, 2012

Drug maker Upsher-Smith Labs has launched a prenatal vitamin designed to help relieve morning sickness, the company said Monday.

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Drug maker Upsher-Smith Labs has launched a prenatal vitamin designed to help relieve morning sickness, the company said Monday.

Upsher-Smith announced the launch of B-Nexa, which contains B vitamins and ginger to help calm morning sickness, known medically as nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, which affects 83% of pregnant women throughout the day, according to medical experts.

January 24, 2012

In its battle with Express Scripts, Walgreens is not only seeking to retain that prescription base payer by payer, but also patient by patient, as evidenced by the more than 500,000 customers who have taken advantage of Walgreens' Prescription Savings Club since Jan. 1, according to company officials.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In its battle with Express Scripts, Walgreens is not only seeking to retain that prescription base payer by payer, but also patient by patient, as evidenced by the more than 500,000 customers who have taken advantage of Walgreens' Prescription Savings Club since Jan. 1, according to company officials.

January 24, 2012

Watson Pharmaceuticals has acquired the Australia and Southeast Asia generic pharmaceutical business of Strides Arcolab for $392.4 million in cash.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Watson Pharmaceuticals has acquired the Australia and Southeast Asia generic pharmaceutical business of Strides Arcolab for $392.4 million in cash.

January 23, 2012

Annie's has introduced a line of family-sized, certified organic frozen pizza.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Annie's has introduced a line of family-sized, certified organic frozen pizza.

Annie's said its line features organic rising crust, 8 g of whole grain in every serving and includes certified organic vegetables and meats. The line includes uncured pepperoni, four cheese, spinach and mushroom, and supreme flavors.

All four, 11.5-in. inch family-sized varieties now are available in the frozen aisle at Whole Foods Markets nationwide for a suggest retail price of $9.99.

January 23, 2012

Bossa Nova has introduced new organic superfruit beverages.

BLUE ASH, Ohio — Bossa Nova has introduced new organic superfruit beverages.

The new juices touts 90 calories per 10-oz. bottle, the company said. The reduced-calorie juices will be available in organic acai original, organic acai blueberry, organic acai pomegranate and all-natural acerola red peach.

January 23, 2012

Clorox has partnered with Spanish television network Vme in an effort to encourage germ prevention among Hispanic consumers.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Clorox has partnered with Spanish television network Vme in an effort to encourage germ prevention among Hispanic consumers.

January 23, 2012

A line of probiotic yogurt exclusively sold at Walmart has added new items to its lineup.

CLEVELAND — A line of probiotic yogurt exclusively sold at Walmart has added new items to its lineup.

Ganenden said its EnLiven yogurt brand now includes new single-serve 6-oz. yogurts with probiotics in five varieties, including plain, blueberry, peach, strawberry and vanilla.

Suggested retail price is 78 cents per cup.

January 23, 2012

A panel of experts at the Food and Drug Administration has declined to recommend approval for a topical drug for preventing premature birth in pregnant women, the drug's manufacturers said.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — A panel of experts at the Food and Drug Administration has declined to recommend approval for a topical drug for preventing premature birth in pregnant women, the drug's manufacturers said.

Columbia Labs and Watson Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee did not recommend approval for progesterone vaginal gel in the 8% strength. The drug is designed to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with short uterine cervical length in the middle trimester of pregnancy.

January 23, 2012

Pet medications now are available at all Kroger pharmacies in the Houston area, the company said.

HOUSTON — Pet medications now are available at all Kroger pharmacies in the Houston area, the company said.

Customers with four-legged family members now can pick up their pets' prescriptions at the pharmacy counter. Popular medications, such as Frontline Plus and Rimadyl Chewables, are available, as well as $4 and $10 generic medications.

January 23, 2012

Avian flu researchers have agreed to take a 60-day hiatus on testing an H5N1 influenza strain that recently had gained public attention, according to a letter published Friday in the journal Science.

WASHINGTON — Avian flu researchers have agreed to take a 60-day hiatus on testing an H5N1 influenza strain that recently had gained public attention, according to a letter published Friday in the journal Science.

January 23, 2012

As part of a move to integrate its beauty care products business, Kao has named John Nosek president of Kao USA, the newly restructured beauty care company that merges Kao's prestige, mass and salon businesses in the United States.

CINCINNATI — As part of a move to integrate its beauty care products business, Kao has named John Nosek president of Kao USA, the newly restructured beauty care company that merges Kao's prestige, mass and salon businesses in the United States.

Beginning this month, Kao's beauty care subsidiaries in North America and Europe will run as unified organizations in the major countries in which they operate. In his capacity as president of Kao USA, Nosek will oversee the consumer products business, professional salon business and Molton Brown USA.

January 23, 2012

Kroger's board of directors on Friday declared a quarterly dividend of 11.5 cents per share.

CINCINNATI — Kroger's board of directors on Friday declared a quarterly dividend of 11.5 cents per share.

The dividend will be paid March 1 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 15.

January 23, 2012

Molson Coors has combined two senior positions on its executive leadership team into one.

DENVER — Molson Coors has combined two senior positions on its executive leadership team into one.

The company said its chief legal officer Samuel Walker now will serve as chief people and legal officer. Molsons Coors' current chief people officer, Ralph Hargrow, is stepping down from his role to pursue other career opportunities.

Walker has served as VP and global chief legal officer since the merger of Molson and Coors in 2005. Previously, he was U.S. and worldwide chief legal officer and group VP at Coors Brewing Co. since 2002.

January 23, 2012

MorningStar Farms is looking to help consumers improve their eating habits.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — MorningStar Farms is looking to help consumers improve their eating habits.

January 23, 2012

Retailers will have to rethink their position in the market, along with strategies they have used thus far, to keep themselves in the game, according to a new Deloitte report, "The Next Evolution: Store 3.0."

NEW YORK — Retailers will have to rethink their position in the market, along with strategies they have used thus far, to keep themselves in the game, according to a new Deloitte report, "The Next Evolution: Store 3.0."

January 23, 2012

In an effort to take Type 1 diabetes research to the next level, Novo Nordisk is set to open a research and development center in Seattle.

PRINCETON, N.J. — In an effort to take Type 1 diabetes research to the next level, Novo Nordisk is set to open a research and development center in Seattle.

The center, slated to open this summer, will combine basic research and early proof-of-concept trials under one umbrella, the drug maker said. Additionally, the center will be staffed by approximately 20 researchers who will be supported by corporate functions in the United States and Denmark.

January 23, 2012

Perrigo is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug used to treat allergies in adolescents and adults, the company said Monday.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a drug used to treat allergies in adolescents and adults, the company said Monday.

January 23, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration is streamlining the enrollment process for risk evaluation and mitigation strategies for a class of painkillers, the agency said.

SUPPLIER NEWS — The Food and Drug Administration is streamlining the enrollment process for risk evaluation and mitigation strategies for a class of painkillers, the agency said. The FDA announced the approval of a single REMS for transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl drugs. The new system, which takes effect in March, will allow prescribers and pharmacies to enroll into one system instead of individual systems for each product.

January 23, 2012

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has appointed new members to its board of directors, including a new board chairman.

NAPLES, Fla. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association has appointed new members to its board of directors, including a new board chairman.

RILA said Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel was appointed RILA chairman of the board. Steinhafel, who previously served as vice chairman, succeeds Bill Rhodes, who currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of AutoZone.

January 23, 2012

Walmart ranked No. 1 out of six retail pharmacy operators who were identified as part of the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities" by DiversityBusiness.com last week. Other pharmacy retailers on the list included, in order, Kroger, Supervalu, Target, Walgreens and Ahold USA.

SOUTHPORT, Conn. — Walmart ranked No. 1 out of six retail pharmacy operators who were identified as part of the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities" by DiversityBusiness.com last week. Other pharmacy retailers on the list included, in order, Kroger, Supervalu, Target, Walgreens and Ahold USA.

January 23, 2012

Vitamin World raised more than $545,000 on behalf of Vitamin Angels during their "Be an Angel" campaign during the 2011 holiday season, the specialty retailer announced Friday.

HOLBROOK, N.Y. — Vitamin World raised more than $545,000 on behalf of Vitamin Angels during their "Be an Angel" campaign during the 2011 holiday season, the specialty retailer announced Friday.

"We could not have accomplished so much without the generosity of our customers. Their kindness and compassion has been remarkable," Vitamin World SVP Vicki McGuire said.


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