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Kroger and GoodRx launch Rx Savings Club

Kroger and GoodRx launch Rx Savings Club

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced today the launch of its Rx Savings Club, a new program designed to significantly reduce the cost of prescription drugs for customers across the country, adding to the retailer’s Wellness Your Way platform. The program was developed in partnership with GoodRx.

U.S. Farm Bill passes Senate; heads to House

U.S. Farm Bill passes Senate; heads to House

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve an $867 billion U.S. Farm Bill, as Congress appeared poised to pass legislation that will help an agriculture industry battered by President Trump’s trade war. In an 87-to-13 vote, the Senate approved legislation that allocates billions

Kroger’s third quarter profits decline

Kroger’s third quarter profits decline

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. on Thursday reported a third quarter profit of $317 million, or 39 cents per diluted share, compared with $397 million, or 44 cents a share, a year ago. Overall sales declined slightly to $27.7 billion in the 13 weeks to November

Walgreens, FedEx roll out Rx delivery service

Walgreens, FedEx roll out Rx delivery service

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and FedEx Corp. on Thursday announced a nationwide rollout of next-day prescription delivery service, bringing together Walgreens extensive network of neighborhood pharmacy locations with the FedEx air-and-ground delivery network to enhance convenience for patients to fill prescriptions. Walgreens is now the

Small businesses accelerate growth with RangeMe Services

Small businesses accelerate growth with RangeMe Services

SAN FRANCISCO — RangeMe has launched an opportunity for consumer packaged goods suppliers to get their products ready for retail faster and more efficiently. RangeMe Services says it will help suppliers ensure their products are shelf ready and optimized for buyer discovery. “On the RangeMe

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RETAIL NEWS

CVS Health offers new approach to pricing PBM services

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is introducing a new approach to pricing pharmacy benefit management services. The new Guaranteed Net Cost pricing model simplifies the financial arrangements underlying PBM contracts and focuses on helping plan sponsors deliver savings through PBM cost management strategies such as

Giant Food announces $175 million spending plan

LANDOVER, Md. — Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food division here said Tuesday that it plans to spend $175 million over the next two years to open a new store and remodel 24 others in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The capital spending plan is in

Kroger, Walgreens expand pilot program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Kroger Co. and Walgreens on Tuesday announced two major initiatives, building on the exploratory pilot the companies announced in October, combining America’s food and grocery authority with Walgreens global expertise in pharmacy, health and beauty. “We are redefining the customer experience in

Southeastern Grocers adds new Fresco y Más

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers Inc. is set to unveil its 27th grocery store under the Fresco y Más banner with a grand opening of a store in Lauderhill, Fla., on December 5. The company, which also operates the BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie chains, opened

Supervalu to sell Hornbacher’s chain to Corborn’s Inc.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Supervalu Inc., now a subsidiary of United Natural Foods Inc., plans to sell its Hornbacher’s chain to Coborn’s Inc. The deal, announced by UNFI on Friday, includes seven Hornbacher’s locations, as well as a new Hornbacher’s store that is currently under development

SUPPLIER NEWS

Coty launches Clairol Color Expert for the Google Assistant

NEW YORK — Coty has launched the first at-home hair color Action for the Google Assistant on Google Home smart speakers and smartphones. The ‘Clairol Color Expert’ provides consumers a hands-free voice activated guide to the entire at-home hair color process – from finding the

Kellogg’s will launch new snacks from popular brands

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.— Kellogg Co. is launching new offerings from some of its popular brands including Cheez-It Snap’d, Pringles Wavy and Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers. The new offerings will be available nationwide in January 2019. They are: Cheez-It Snap’d – thin, crispy snacks made

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies debuts new flavor

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Co.’s Kellogg’s Rice Krispies brand is rolling out in January its first new flavor in more than 10 years — Kellogg’s Strawberry Krispies. “Our fans are explorers who constantly seek new varieties, flavors and possibilities,” said Chris Stolsky, associate director of marketing for

Energizer battery receives Guinness World Records title

ST. LOUIS — Energizer Holdings Inc. said its Energizer AA Ultimate Lithium battery has received a Guinness World Records title for longest-lasting AA battery. “I am honored to announce that the Energizer Ultimate Lithium has set the Guinness World Records title for the longest-lasting AA battery

SheaMoisture is debuting Wash N’ Go line for curly hair

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Sundial Brand’s SheaMoisture is introducing a new Coconut Custard Make It Last Wash N’ Go collection, a layered system to help achieve defined wash-and-go stylings for a range of textures.  Made with natural, certified organic and fair trade ingredients with a bond-building complex