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Kroger celebrates anniversary of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste

Kroger celebrates anniversary of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is calling attention to achievements of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste campaign on the one-year anniversary of its introduction. “It’s amazing how much our incredibly dedicated Kroger team has been able to accomplish in our first year of Zero Hunger

Deloitte forecasts holiday sales increase

Deloitte forecasts holiday sales increase

NEW YORK — Retailers can anticipate a jolly holiday season, with seasonal sales up at least 5% from last year, accounting firm Deloitte says in a report released on Wednesday. Deloitte’s retail and distribution practice foresees sales from November through January (seasonally adjusted and excluding

Family Dollar to close Matthews, N.C., headquarters

Family Dollar to close Matthews, N.C., headquarters

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree announced it is planning to consolidate store support centers here as part of its continuing integration of Family Dollar’s organization and support functions. The company on Tuesday said it plans to close the Matthews, N.C., headquarters of Family Dollar after

Supervalu to sell Shop ’n Save stores to Schnucks

Supervalu to sell Shop ’n Save stores to Schnucks

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu Inc. has agreed to sell 19 of its 36 Shop ’n Save grocery stores to Schnuck Markets Inc. Most of the stores are in the St. Louis area. As part of the deal, Supervalu will serve as the primary supplier

Richardson receives GMDC lifetime achievement award

Richardson receives GMDC lifetime achievement award

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bob Richardson of Clorox Co. accepted a lifetime achievement award from Global Market Development Center (GMDC) during the center’s annual Health Beauty Wellness Conference here. Richardson is director of sales and customer and industry development at Clorox, maker of household cleaning products

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Kroger rolls out its own apparel label

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is rolling out its new apparel brand this week at 300 Fred Meyer and Marketplace outlets across the country. The Dip brand offers collections for men, women, juniors, children and baby. More than 80% of the items in the collection are

Walgreens mobilizes in advance of Hurricane Florence

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is taking proactive measures to assist customers, team members and communities in the projected path of Hurricane Florence, and is preparing to fully support impacted regions in the storm’s aftermath.  The company is taking the following steps: Prescription Drug Preparedness: In advance

Albertsons names Jim Donald president, CEO

BOISE, Idaho — Jim Donald has been named president and chief executive officer of Albertsons Cos. effective immediately. He had been president and chief operating officer. Robert Miller, currently the company’s chairman and CEO, will continue as chairman . Donald’s 47-year retail career began as

CVS helps customers prepare for Hurricane Florence

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health  will issue a number of advisories to help customers and patients prepare as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast. “The health and safety of our customers, patients and colleagues are most important to us,” said Kevin Hourican, executive vice president,

Stater Bros. Markets leaving the pharmacy business

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets announced that is exiting the pharmacy business and expects to complete the sale of certain assets of its SuperRx Pharmacies to CVS Pharmacy later this month.  When the transaction is complete, pharmacy records and inventory from all 22

SUPPLIER NEWS

Perfectil unveils first U.S. Celebrity Brand Ambassador Heidi Klum

LOS ANGELES — Perfectil announced today that Supermodel, Emmy-Award winning television host and personality, and businesswoman Heidi Klum will serve as its U.S. Brand Ambassador. The global icon’s dedication to living a healthy, balanced lifestyle perfectly complements the brand’s positioning of achieving beauty from the inside out.

M&M’s to unveil a new format and new flavor

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J.— M&M’s announced two launches that will join the brand’s diverse portfolio – M&M’s Chocolate Bars and M&M’s Hazelnut Spread Chocolate Candies. The products will become permanent additions to the brand’s iconic line-up, marking some of the biggest innovations in M&M’s history. M&M’s is introducing

Cup Noodles announces first vegetarian product

GARDENA, Calif. — Nissan Foods announces the newest addition to the company’s Cup Noodles Very Veggie product line: Soy Sauce Flavor. The newest flavor is the brand’s first vegetarian product and offers yet another innovation to the Cup Noodles product portfolio. Building on the success of

Ocean Spray rolls out Cranberry +health Cranberry Supplements

LAKEVILLE–MIDDLEBORO, Mass. —  Today, the cranberry experts at Ocean Spray are announcing the unique health benefits of the cranberry in a soft chew form with their new Cranberry +health Cranberry Supplements. Ocean Spray Cranberry +health Cranberry Supplements are a convenient, great-tasting daily supplement, formulated to help

Crest debuts gum and enamel repair toothpaste

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co.’s (P&G’s) Crest brand has introduced Crest Gum & Enamel Repair, a specially designed paste  focused on neutralizing plaque bacteria along and below the gum line while also boosting the repair of weakened enamel. The Crest Gum & Enamel Repair formula