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Raley’s celebrates 85th anniversary

Raley’s celebrates 85th anniversary

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raley’s is celebrating its 85th anniversary with the launch of “Good Never Stops,’ an integrated campaign calling attention to everyday moments when Raley’s team members, customers and partners make positive impacts in their communities. The campaign was launched online with release

FDA approves GSK’s Voltaren Arthritis Pain for O-T-C use

FDA approves GSK’s Voltaren Arthritis Pain for O-T-C use

WARREN, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Voltaren Arthritis Pain as an over-the-counter remedy for arthritis pain, GlaxoSmithKline said Tuesday.  With the FDA’s approval, Voltaren Arthritis Pain becomes the first and only prescription strength, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) topical gel for arthritis pain available

CVS Health beats Q4 earnings and revenue expectations

CVS Health beats Q4 earnings and revenue expectations

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health reported on Wednesday fourth quarter earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street’s expectations. The results were aided by higher sales in its pharmacy benefit management business. The company also announced some leadership changes, including the departure of CVS Caremark president

Ahold Delhaize to cut Peapod’s Midwest Business

Ahold Delhaize to cut Peapod’s Midwest Business

QUINCY, Mass. – Ahold Delhaize USA plans to discontinue its Peapod online grocery business in the Midwest, eliminating the delivery service in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. The retailer, which acquired Peapod in 2000, will focus instead on expanding its omnichannel capabilities in the East Coast

Abacus Health Products acquires Harmony Hemp

Abacus Health Products acquires Harmony Hemp

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Abacus Health Products has acquired the principal assets of the companies owning the Harmony Hemp brand for an aggregate consideration of $5.5 million, payable in cash and subordinate voting shares of Abacus over a 24 month period in accordance with the terms

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RETAIL NEWS

Ashworth named president of Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Richard Ashworth has been named president of the Walgreens drug chain, the largest component of Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). In his new role, Ashworth, a 28-year Walgreens veteran, succeeds Alex Gourlay, who remains WBA’s co-chief operating officer and continues to oversee the

Wakefern grows The Fresh Grocer banner

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp.’s The Fresh Grocer brand is boosting its presence in New Jersey this month with the conversion of four Foodtown stores to the banner. The move involves supermarkets operated by Nicholas Markets Co. in Cedar Grove, Colonia, North Haledon, and

NACDS Regional caters to ‘proactive seekers’

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Critical trends, information and relationships fueled a highly productive 2020 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Regional Chain Conference, held here February 2-4. Mike Wysong, 2020 NACDS Regional Chain Conference chairman and chief executive officer, CARE Pharmacies, opened the event by commending

Rite Aid names Persaud executive VP, retail

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid announced on Tuesday the appointment of Andre Persaud as executive vice president, retail. Persaud will lead the retail operations for more than 2,400 Rite Aid locations. His responsibilities will include inventory and supply chain management, field team management, store

NRF projects strong Valentine’s Day sales

WASHINGTON – Americans are expected to set another record for Valentine’s Day spending this year,  according to a survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “Valentine’s Day is a sentimental tradition, but gift-giving can be driven by the economy,” NRF President

SUPPLIER NEWS

Veritas Farms expands distribution of its Orange Crème Lip Balm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Veritas Farms announced that it will be expanding distribution of its Full Spectrum CBD Infused Orange Crème Lip Balm to 71 Bashas Stores starting in late February. Bashas Stores is a family-owned grocery store chain primarily located in Arizona. The lip

Product of the Year USA announces 2020 winners

NEW YORK  – Product of the Year USA, the largest consumer-voted award for product innovation,  announced the winners of the 2020 Product of the Year Awards. With winners across 41 unique categories, the innovative products were awarded Product of the Year through a national study

Beauty by Imagination names sales executive VP

NEW YORK — Beauty by Imagination, the parent company of WetBrush and Goody Products Inc., has named Tina Jackse to the executive leadership team as executive vice president of sales for WetBrush, Goody and ACE in North America. Jackse will report to Francesca Raminella, BBI’s

Charlotte’s Web makes executive appointments

BOULDER, Colo. — Charlotte’s Web announced a number of management appointments that reflect its focus on cultivation excellence, as well as its increased activities in public and regulatory affairs, sciences, data and sustainability. Jared Stanley, company cofounder and vice president of cultivation operations, has been promoted

Revlon launches Total Color

NEW YORK — Revlon has introduced Total Color, a vegan permanent hair color with oils and botanicals that is described as gentle on the hair and scalp. The Total Color formula is designed to provide natural-looking color and shine with less breakage. It is formulated