10/19/2011 - 1:13pm

Drug stores continue to offer more fresh grocery items. “Fresh fruit and vegetables are top grocery categories. There’s high demand for the products, and the size of the market is huge. So it makes sense that the drug channel is going after that business,” said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst and VP of the NPD Group.

10/19/2011 - 1:11pm

Industry experts say growth in the photo department will come from personalized products.

10/19/2011 - 9:55am

Pfizer recently launched a line of single-ingredient supplements under a new ProNutrients brand that includes Omega-3, Probiotic and Fruit & Veggie.

10/19/2011 - 9:55am

The market for sports nutrition looks good. All categories grouped by Drug Store News in this space — nutrition and energy bars, energy shots and ready-to-drink protein shakes — currently are trending up significantly.

10/19/2011 - 9:48am

Lip color has its groove back. According to data from SymphonyIRI Group, lipstick sales at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart) rose about 3% to $70.6 million for the 12 weeks ended Sept. 4.


10/19/2011 - 9:48am

The cosmetics segment has been on the upswing, and the momentum is likely to continue within the mass market as beauty mavens get increasingly thrifty and do their research when it comes to purchasing makeup.


10/11/2011 - 5:01pm

The blood-pressure monitor for the tech-savvy, early-adopter baby boomer generation has arrived. Health Lab recently started distributing its iHealth BP3 blood-pressure monitoring system through Walgreens, Target and Best Buy, among other retailers.

10/11/2011 - 2:49pm

Americans are becoming greener, and eco-friendly products are es­pecially relevant in the greeting card aisle. Victoria Sutton, CEO of All in The Cards, said the company has doubled production of craft recycled products for holiday 2011.

10/11/2011 - 2:46pm

Sales of plain PET bottled water may be flat, but there’s significant action in flavored and enhanced waters. Glaceau’s Vitaminwater Zero saw triple-digit sales increases in all three channels (excluding Walmart) for the 52 weeks ended Aug. 7, according to the SymphonyIRI Group.