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American-Italian Cancer Foundation honors Stefano Pessina

American-Italian Cancer Foundation honors Stefano Pessina

NEW YORK – The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) presented Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), with the Alessandro di Montezemolo Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding career in health care. AICF, a New York nonprofit supporting cancer

Wasson-led group acquires Innovation Associates stake

Wasson-led group acquires Innovation Associates stake

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. – A consortium of investors led by former Walgreens Boots Alliance chief executive officer Greg Wasson will acquire a majority stake in Innovation Associates, the market-leading provider of high-volume pharmacy automation technology and software solutions to the retail, hospital, government and mail order

Siri option added to Walmart online shopping

Siri option added to Walmart online shopping

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart shoppers can now ask Siri, the virtual assistant on their iPhone or iPad, to add items to their online grocery cart. “Earlier this year we announced a new way to make online grocery shopping even easier for customers – Walmart Voice

GIANT Food hosts two grand openings

GIANT Food hosts two grand openings

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores celebrated the grand opening of stores in Quarryville and Columbia, Pa., on Friday. The stores  are two of three former Musser’s Markets stores in central Pennsylvania that GIANT agreed to acquire in August. All have been converted to the

IRI survey finds 3.8% private brand sales growth

IRI survey finds 3.8% private brand sales growth

CHICAGO — Although 57% of consumers say their financial health is good, fears of a recession are driving slightly less consumer confidence in Q3 2019, according to the latest IRI Consumer Connect Survey results released today. Expecting to face a recession — or, perhaps more

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RETAIL NEWS

Hy-Vee and Hallmark celebrate veterans

KANSAS CITY — Hy-Vee and Hallmark are thanking veterans and active-duty military members with a card-signing event at Hy-Vee’s more than 260 stores during the grocer’s annual free Veterans Day breakfast event. On Monday, Nov. 11, all veterans and active-duty military members are invited to enjoy a

Kroger debuts new logo, brand campaign

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is seeking to emphasize its grocery heritage and its food bona fides with a new logo and a marketing campaign built around the slogan “Fresh for Everyone.” “Kroger’s new brand launch is a unifying framework for our seamless shopping experience that

Reports: WBA explores going private

NEW YORK — According to various published reports, Walgreens Boots Alliance is exploring going private in what could mark the largest leveraged buyout in history. One of the firms looking at a deal is KKR. KKR has a history with the retailer. In 2007, it

CVS Health beats Q3 earnings forecast

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health turned in another impressive performance in the third quarter of 2019, as both adjusted earnings and revenues exceeded analysts’ estimates. Based on the solid result, the company raised its full-year guidance on adjusted earnings. “Our third-quarter results build on the

President, CEO resigns from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — Chris Sherrell, the founder, president and chief executive officer at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, resigned from the company on October 31. In seven years at the helm, Sherrell guided the company’s expansion to 77 stores in 11 states, mostly in the upper

SUPPLIER NEWS

Piping Rock honored as a top workplace

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Piping Rock Health Products LLC., the makers of the Nature’s Truth line of vitamins and supplements, has been honored by Newsday as one of the top workplaces on New York’s Long Island. Piping Rock Health Products, a family owned company, moved up

Veritas Farms launching CBD beauty line

NEW YORK ― Expanding its offerings of full spectrum hemp products, Veritas Farms is introducing  its new CBD  beauty line, Veritas Beauty at a press event at the One Hotel here Thursday. “Veritas Farms launched the brand as a response to the growing demand from

Quest acquires Sunburnt and First Degree brands

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — Quest Products Inc. said Thursday its acquired the SunBurnt and First Degree brands of burn and sun recovery products from Welmedix Consumer Healthcare. Quest is a portfolio company of Promus Equity Partners. With this acquisition, Quest will add the SunBurnt and

Coca-Cola adds AHA to sparkling water portfolio

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola North America is expanding its sparkling water lineup with the March 2020 launch of AHA. “As the largest and fastest-growing part of the water business, mainstream flavored sparkling water is a segment we know we must double-down on,” said Celina Li, vice

Eagle Labs launches impirica CBD brand

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eagle Labs has launched impirica, a new brand of CBD intended to eliminate consumer fear, and increase confidence, in trying the new cannabidiol category. Michael Law Although most Americans have now heard about CBD, many are confused and concerned about product