August 5, 2013

A growing number of cities — including Seattle, where Glen Hiemstra lives — are ditching the 1950s highways-and-suburbs school of development and embracing dense city centers and walkable communities. One of the biggest things people want to walk to is a place to get food, Hiemstra told DSN. Drug stores' approach to food has often been similar to that of convenience stores, but changing living patterns mean that fresh foods and prepared foods could become more common, making the drug store a destination for everything from fruit salad to sushi. In addition, 3D printing could grow in importance as drug stores use it to create small products and components, as well as on-demand items for customers, saving storeroom space in the process.

February 1, 2013

Even as the big chains get bigger, the industry's top regional chains continue to grow in relevance and importance in the markets they dominate. In this special digital report, DSN profiles the leading regional pharmacy chains in food, drug and mass, with a special focus on what makes each one unique.

May 4, 2012

According to Biotab Nutraceuticals chief marketing officer Robert Wilhovsky, there is seasonality within sleep aids. Biotab fielded the No. 3 sleep aid Alteril in food, drug and mass (without Walmart) with dollar growth of more than 126% for the 12 weeks ended April 15, according to SymphonyIRI Group data. Drug Store News caught up with Wilhovsky to talk about how Biotab approaches the overall sleep category, and how the company helps drive its sleep aid solution through key selling periods.

March 9, 2012

In November 2011, The Drug Store News Group hosted in New York the 13th annual Industry Issues Summit conference. Taking center stage at the multitrack event was an exclusive executive roundtable discussion of leading retailers from food, drug and mass, and executives from leading health and beauty companies and service providers.

January 26, 2012

Even as the big get bigger, it appears the industry’s top regional chains continue to grow in relevance and importance in the markets they dominate. In this special section, DSN profiles the top 25 regional pharmacy chains in food, drug and mass, with a special focus on what makes each one unique.

July 10, 2014

Looking to ride on the coattails of the popularity of vitamins and yogurt in food, Henkel’s Dial brand released earlier this year its new Yogurt Body and Vitamin Boost wash.

July 10, 2014

Family Dollar Stores reported that for the third quarter fiscal 2014 ended May 31, net sales increased 3.3% to $2.7 billion.

July 7, 2014

General Mills announced a number of new products set to debut this summer, all of which reflect consumer-driven food trends.

July 3, 2014
There were two big deals in the nutrition space this week: Kroger bought one of the most successful VMS e-commerce sites in Vitacost.com, and Hormel bought a dominant nutritional/supplement brand in Muscle Milk. 
 
With Vitacost.com, Kroger will offer customers the convenience to order online and ship to their door with an expanded assortment online. Vitacost.com fields about 45,000 SKUs, and there's a roughly 10,000 SKU overlap when Kroger's mix is factored in.

 

July 2, 2014

The makers of Larabar have announced the debut of Renola, a new type of granola made with nuts, fruits, seeds and spices, which the brand is billing as an alternative to classic granola.

July 1, 2014

CVS/pharmacy has announced a chain-wide effort to make it easier for customers to make health-conscious decisions when shopping for food and snacks with the launch of Gold Emblem Abound.

June 26, 2014

The Food Marketing Institute on Thursday launched its 22nd annual survey with Prevention that explores consumers’ health and nutrition attitudes.

June 26, 2014

Price Chopper Supermarkets has cut about 80 positions, citing a need to improve efficiency within the company amid rising costs, including “skyrocketing” healthcare costs.

June 26, 2014

More than a dozen of Walmart’s top merchants are in new roles following a realignment of responsibilities that chief merchandising and marketing officer Duncan Mac Naughton said is designed to recognize customers’ needs and serve them more efficiently.

June 24, 2014

Family-to-Family Inc. a non-profit poverty relief organization, announced today that High Ridge Brands — maker of Zest, VO5, White Rain, Coast and Rave — will make a second donation of soap, shampoo, conditioner and body wash products to 20 organizations identified by Family-to-Family's Shower To The People Program. These organizations serve impoverished American families.

June 23, 2014

Almost 70% of adults with Type 1 diabetes never use their blood glucose self-monitoring devices or insulin pumps to download historical data about their blood sugar levels and insulin doses — information that likely would help them manage their disease better.

June 20, 2014

Health insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is offering the EatRight Rewards program to its employees and members. EatRight Rewards provides financial rewards to employees who buy healthy foods at the grocery store.

June 18, 2014

Core-Mark Holding Co. has entered into a new business relationship with Rite Aid to distribute frozen, refrigerated and fresh food to Rite Aid stores.

June 18, 2014

Inventure Foods, a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food brands, announced the expansion of its Vidalia Brands snack food lineup with the debut of Vidalia Kettle Potato Chips

June 17, 2014

A new study from the Organic Trade Organization says that organic food is popular in U.S. households, due in large part because parents are interested in their children eating healthily.

June 17, 2014

Alberto VO5 has unveiled its new Pure Sunshine fragrance — its first fan-voted fragrance.

June 17, 2014

More than half of consumers check to see if the products they are buying are "natural," despite there being no federal or third-party verified label for this term, according to a new national survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

June 11, 2014

The Food Marketing Institute on Wednesday released its annual analysis of U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends, presented by FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin at FMI Connect, which reveals dramatic changes in the consumer universe that have impacted the way food retailers do business.

June 11, 2014

It is no secret that the retail landscape is evolving, as many factors — such as mobile technology, healthy eating trends and cost cutting — increasingly impact how people shop. Using the SAP Social Media Analytics application by NetBase, SAP analyzed social media conversations to gain insight into people’s perceptions about grocery shopping.