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LEADING HEADLINES

Weis details capital spending plans

Weis details capital spending plans

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets plans to spend $90 million on growth in 2017. Chairman and chief executive officer Jonathan Weis detailed the capital spending plan for the 204-store supermarket chain, which operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Virginia and West Virginia,

CRN launches Supplement OWL registry

CRN launches Supplement OWL registry

WASHINGTON — A year after it was announced, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) has gone live. CRN said Thursday that the Supplement OWL online product registry for vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements is now widely accessible for examination. All

Jean Coutu has strong close to fiscal year

Jean Coutu has strong close to fiscal year

VARENNES, Quebec — Jean Coutu Group saw retail and corporate sales climb for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2017. Adjusted earnings per share also were in line with analysts’ expectations, with year-end EPS topping the consensus estimate. Jean Coutu Group said Thursday

Walmart names new EVP of consumables, health & wellness

Walmart names new EVP of consumables, health & wellness

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Scott Huff, executive vice president for consumables, health and wellness at Walmart, has announced his retirement from the retailer. Huff will be succeed by Marybeth Hays, who is expected to fully transition into the position by June 1, according to a Walmart

Albertsons promotes White, Withers

Albertsons promotes White, Withers

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. on Wednesday named Geoff White to the new position of president of the company’s own brands organization, and promoted Mike Withers to executive vice president of retail operations. In his new role, White will lead the company’s Own Brands team, including the Culinary Kitchen

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RETAIL NEWS

Rite Aid finishes fiscal year on positive note

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Despite declines in net income, Rite Aid Corp. posted increased sales and exceeded Wall Street’s adjusted earnings per share forecast for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year. Chairman and chief executive officer John Standley, however, noted that the ongoing regulatory

Kroger tabs Colleen Lindholz as new pharmacy chief

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has expanded Colleen Lindholz’s role beyond heading its retail clinic, naming her president of pharmacy and The Little Clinic. Lindholz has been serving as president of The Little Clinic since 2015. She assumes pharmacy responsibilities from Philecia Avery, who resigned earlier

Fred’s names two new board members

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has appointed two new board members as part of an agreement with hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC, the discount and pharmacy chain’s largest shareholder. Fred’s said Monday that Steven Rossi, chief executive officer of Digital First Media, and Timothy

Target innovation chief Casey Carl to depart

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp.’s chief innovation and strategy officer Casey Carl reportedly plans to leave the company, effective May 5. Carl was the executive in charge of imagining the future of retailing at Target, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper, which

London Drugs COO Mahlman gets Retailer of Year honors

TORONTO — Clint Mahlman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of London Drugs, has been named the 2017 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year as part of the Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retail Awards. The Retail Council of Canada said Thursday that

SUPPLIER NEWS

Banana Boat expands sunscreen offerings

SHELTON, Conn. — Edgewell Personal Care (EPC), the makers of Banana Boat brand sunscreen, has launched two product portfolios — Banana Boat Dry Balance Sunscreen Lotion and Clear UltraMist and Banana Boat Kids Sport Sunscreen Lotion and Lotion Spray with PowerStay Technology. “Banana Boat is

Dr. Sheffield’s Premium Natural Toothpaste line launches

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Sheffield Pharmaceuticals has launched Dr. Sheffield’s Premium Natural Toothpaste, a new line of fluoride-free toothpastes made from Dr. Sheffield’s natural recipes. Each toothpaste recipe is formulated to whiten teeth, reduce plaque and freshen breath, the company said. Named for Sheffield Pharmaceuticals’

Aqua Velva launches after shave balm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Combe Inc.’s Aqua Velva brand has launched its 5-in-1 Sensitive After Shave Balm, which was timed to celebrate the brand’s 100-year ­anniversary. The company stated that shaving can damage a man’s skin, leading to such problems as itchiness, dryness and irritation.

Sundial Brands honors Tina Knowles-Lawson with award

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Sundial Brands, maker of the SheaMoisture skin and hair care brand, has recognized fashion icon, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tina Knowles-Lawson with its first Community Commerce Impact Award. Sundial founder and chief executive officer Richelieu Dennis presented Knowles-Lawson with the award during the

Nature Made launches skin moisture supplement line

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Pharmavite LLC’s Nature Made brand has launched Glow by Nature Made, a skin moisture supplement line. According to the company, the line has been formulated to help support skin hydration, suppleness, firmness and smoothness for adults with dry skin. Glow by Nature