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Meijer’s Rick Keyes named new NACDS chairman

Meijer’s Rick Keyes named new NACDS chairman

ARLINGTON, Va. – Rick Keyes, president and chief executive officer of Meijer Inc., has succeeded Richard Ashworth as chairman of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Triggered by Ashworth’s resignation as Walgreens president to become CEO at Tivity Health Inc., the transition adheres to

Kroger Health offers free telenutrition service

Kroger Health offers free telenutrition service

CINCINNATI —  Kroger Health has launched a free telenutrition service to help Americans shop for, prepare and enjoy healthy food during the COVID-19 crisis. The service is the latest offering from Kroger Health’s “food as medicine” platform. During the pandemic, customers’ shopping styles, cooking preferences

Ashworth leaving Walgreens to run Tivity Health

Ashworth leaving Walgreens to run Tivity Health

DEERFIELD, Ill.  — Walgreens president Richard Ashworth is leaving the company to become president and chief executive officer of Tivity Health, a leading provider of fitness, nutrition and social engagement solutions. He will assume his new post effective June 1, and also serve on Tivity’s

Albertsons Cos. to sell 17.5% stake to Apollo

Albertsons Cos. to sell 17.5% stake to Apollo

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. plans to sell a 17.5% stake to the private equity firm Apollo Global Management for $1.75 billion. The deal, announced Wednesday, is expected to close by June 15. “Albertsons Companies is pleased to work with Apollo and its co-investors,” Albertsons

Raley’s opens new Bel Air supermarket

Raley’s opens new Bel Air supermarket

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Raley’s opened its second store since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. The new Bel Air outlet is the first full-service grocery store in Rancho Murieta, a Sacramento County community that’s home to 5,500 people. The traditional ribbon-cutting has been postponed

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RETAIL NEWS

Walgreens addressing mental health needs

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens has completed its first phase of training in Mental Health First Aid, administered by the National Council for Behavioral Health, for all of the company’s health outcomes pharmacists, the company said Wednesday. The training initiative was first announced last May in

Target sees strong sales gains in Q1

MINNEAPOLIS — Target beat sales expectations in the first quarter, with total revenue that grew 11.3% compared to last year. Earnings fell as consumers spent less on higher margin products like apparel, and the retailer boosted wages and spending on safety measures related to COVID-19.

NACDS lauds pharmacists in USA Today ad

ARLINGTON, Va.— NACDS was invited to include an ad in a USA Today digital supplement that  debuted on Saturday, May 16. NACDS took the opportunity to recognize the heroic work of NACDS member companies’ team members.   The USA Today digital supplement – “Sustaining America” – featured retailers’ work

Target extends employee’s hourly pay increase

MINNEAPOLIS – Target Corp. is extending its $2-an-hour pay increase for employees for another five weeks. The retailer initially offered the extra pay in March to help compensate for heightened health risks from staffing stores and fulfilling online orders amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The extra

CVS inks COVID-19 testing deal in New York

NEW YORK — New York state is partnering with CVS Health to increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the state, according to various published reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announcing the partnership in a briefing Sunday, said the state of New York has doubled testing capacity to

SUPPLIER NEWS

Jon Davler Inc. helps meet need for hand sanitizer

TEMPLE CITY, Calif. – Jon Davler Inc., owner of the LASplash Cosmetics and IONI Cosmetics brands, recently altered its manufacturing facilities to help satisfy surging demand for hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to its own brands, Jon Davler is a contract manufacturer

Curaleaf rolls out fast-acting Nano Gummies

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Curaleaf is expanding its product portfolio with the addition of Curaleaf Nano Gummies and Select Nano Gummies. Utilizing nano-emulsion technology, the gel edibles are infused with small, water-soluble cannabinoids that allow for faster, more efficient cannabinoid consumption.The scientifically developed formula makes the cannabis

New hand sanitizer brand Sanzi-Derm available

NEW YORK — Beauty Partners LLC has launched Sanzi-Derm, a new brand of hand sanitizer, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The company said it has set out to produce the highest-quality hand sanitizer at a mass scale and an affordable price point.“When news broke

Gut health and wellness brand FR!SKA makes debut

MINNEAPOLIS —​ FR!SKA, a health and wellness brand, is debuting nationwide 10 dietary supplements ​focused on improving gut health, a key component to overall health and well-being​. “FR!SKA was inspired by my personal desire to help others improve their health,” said FR!SKA founder John Peine.

BIOTONE expands CBD pain relief line

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – BIOTONE has expanded its Lab+Blends line of solution-based CBD products with the introduction of three new items – an eczema relief cream and a pair of topical products formulated to help relieve muscle pain and joint pain. The company also announced