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CVS cuts trans fats from store-brand foods

CVS cuts trans fats from store-brand foods

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Artificial trans fats are now gone from a range of store-brand food products at CVS Pharmacy. CVS said Wednesday that it’s the first national retail drug chain to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) — the chief source of artificial trans fats in

Lidl to make U.S. debut this summer

Lidl to make U.S. debut this summer

ARLINGTON, Va. — The German discount grocer Lidl says it will make its U.S. debut this summer, opening 20 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The retailer says it plans to have as many as 100 stores in the country within a year.

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler to depart

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens chief merchant Linda Filler is leaving the drug chain effective April 1. A Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) spokesman on Wednesday confirmed the departure of Filler, who holds the titles of president of retail products as well as chief merchandising and marketing

President Trump meets with retail CEOs

President Trump meets with retail CEOs

WASHINGTON — Promoting his economic platform with business leaders, President Donald Trump today met with top retail executives at the White House. Focusing on Trump’s plank of job creation, simplification of the tax code and reduced regulatory red tape, the Wednesday morning meeting was a

Fred’s appoints senior VPs of merchandising, supply chain

Fred’s appoints senior VPs of merchandising, supply chain

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has appointed senior vice presidents for general merchandise and consumables merchandising, including the hiring of a former CVS Health executive, and named a senior vice president to oversee its supply chain. The discount and pharmacy retailer said late Monday that

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart to streamline way it buys for web site

NEW YORK — Walmart plans to streamline its buying process so that the same merchants can purchase products for the retailer’s stores and its web site, according to published reports. The move should help Walmart leverage its considerable buying power to make its online offering

Dollar General enters 44th state

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. expanded into its 44th state on Sunday with the opening of a store in Hankinson, North Dakota. The company said it plans to open six additional stores in the state through this spring. “Celebrating today’s grand opening in North

Walgreens CIO Abhi Dhar reportedly to depart

NEW YORK — Walgreens CIO Abhi Dhar is slated to exit the company next month to lead an online marketing startup company focusing on the retail arena, according to CIO magazine. Walgreens declined to comment to CIO about a replacement for Dhar. Dhar’s LinkedIn page

NRF forecasts sales growth for 2017

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation on Wednesday forecast that retail industry sales will grow between 3.7% and 4.2% in 2017. Online and other non-store/online sales, which are included in the overall number, are expected to increase between 8% and 12%. NRF’s definition of retail

Fred’s readies funding for more Rite Aid stores

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s Inc. has amended a revolving credit facility to provide funding in the event that it must acquire additional Rite Aid stores in connection with the pending Walgreens-Rite Aid merger. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Fred’s is

SUPPLIER NEWS

EcoTools teams up with the Miss America Organization

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — EcoTools is partnering with the Miss America Organization to be the exclusive provider of cosmetic accessories to the organization. EcoTools, a brand from Paris Presents Inc., offers a full collection of makeup accessories, featuring cruelty-free, recyclable materials. “We are so pleased

Cra-Z-Art licenses BeatMoovz from Japan’s Dmet

RANDOLPH, N.J. — Cra-Z-Art has announced a strategic licensing agreement with Japan-based Dmet Properties to market and distribute BeatMoovz in the United States. BeatMoovz is a new musical electronic device that appeals to many age groups, from children to young adults. It is motion-activated and

PureMark Naturals line debuts

TEMPE, Ariz. — 21st Century HealthCare Inc. has introduced PureMark Naturals, a vitamin and supplement line. According to the company, the line offers natural, vegetarian and vegan choices, in addition to non-GMO-, gluten-, wheat-, dairy-, soy- and preservative-free options. The line also includes a natural superfood

Mondelēz International launches Teddy Soft Bakes snacks

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Mondelēz International Inc. has launched a new line of bear-shaped snack cakes called Teddy Soft Bakes. The new product joins Teddy Grahams as part of the company’s new Teddy brand portfolio aimed at children. According to the company, Teddy Soft Bakes

Coca-Cola debuts Sprite Cherry beverages

ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Co. has added two new cherry-flavored products to its Sprite brand. Sprite Cherry and Sprite Cherry Zero combine the cool, crisp taste of the Sprite lemon-lime sparkling beverage with a splash of cherry flavor. Both products are clear, caffeine-free and made

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