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Albertsons Cos. names exec VP, chief customer and digital officer

Albertsons Cos. names exec VP, chief customer and digital officer

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has named Chris Rupp executive vice president and chief customer and digital officer, effective December 3. Rupp joins Albertsons Cos. from Microsoft Corp., where she most recently served as general manager of the company’s Xbox Business Engineering team. Rupp will

Target posts Q3 sales, earnings gains

Target posts Q3 sales, earnings gains

MINNEAPOLIS – Target on Wednesday posted convincing gains in operating income, revenue and comparable-store sales as more shoppers visited its stores and website in the third quarter. The retailer raised its fourth-quarter and full-year guidance on earnings and comparable-store sales. Target said third-quarter comps increased

Nature’s Truth rolls out TRU-ID testing on herbal supplements

Nature’s Truth rolls out TRU-ID testing on herbal supplements

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Nature’s Truth said Tuesday that it has begun DNA testing its herbal supplements. By partnering with TRU-ID to verify the botanical ingredients used in its products, the company said, Nature’s Truth is able to ensure that they meet the highest quality standards.

Coty acquires stake in Kylie Jenner’s beauty brands

Coty acquires stake in Kylie Jenner’s beauty brands

NEW YORK — Coty Inc. has acquired a 51% stake in Kylie Jenner’s beauty brands, Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin for $600 million. According to the companies, the deal will result in a long-term strategic partnership that aims to  develop Jenner’s existing beauty business into

Walgreens teams with United Nations Foundation

Walgreens teams with United Nations Foundation

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign announced Tuesday that the “Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” program has helped provide 50 million life-saving vaccines to children around the world since its inception in 2013. Walgreens said it hopes to

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RETAIL NEWS

Walmart taps McLay as Sam’s Club CEO

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has promoted Kathryn McLay to lead Sam’s Club as the division’s new president and chief executive officer. McLay succeeds John Furner, who was elevated last month to the role of president and CEO of Walmart’s U.S. division. McLay’s promotion comes less

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

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

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

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

SUPPLIER NEWS

E. & J. Gallo Winery buys Napa Valley’s Pahlmeyer

MODESTO, Calif. — E. & J. Gallo Winery announced Tuesday that it has purchased Pahlmeyer Winery, which includes Pahlmeyer and Jayson by Pahlmeyer, two Napa Valley luxury brands known for producing iconic Bordeaux-style wines.  Pahlmeyer wines have received notable acclaim since the 1980s, garnering numerous

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

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

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

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