March 5, 2014

In what could turn into a significant change of how retail pharmacy supplies hydrocodone combination products, the Drug Enforcement Administration last week published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to move HCPs from Schedule III to Schedule II, as recommended by the assistant secretary for health of the Department of Health and Human Services and as supported by the DEA’s evaluation of relevant data.

March 4, 2014

Orabrush, a maker of oral care products, has appointed Brent Rambo, a former executive at Sony Online Entertainment, as the company’s chief technology officer.

March 3, 2014

Boston-based investment firm Berkshire Partners has entered an agreement to acquire from Hellman & Friedman majority control of Catalina, a provider of personalized digital media solutions for the CPG industry.

February 28, 2014

Following speculation that Safeway may be considering "strategic alternatives," Safeway executives during their latest conference call confirmed just that — the supermarket retailer placed itself on the sales block. Before that conference call, analysts were already putting two and two together and coming up with two viable suitors for the Safeway footprint — private investment firm Cerberus, also known as New Albertsons, and supermarket giant Kroger, which has just closed on Harris Teeter for $2.5 billion.

Cerberus is said to be the lead bidder, but Kroger shouldn't be ruled out. But what would Cerberus or Kroger be getting if they purchased Safeway outright for almost $10 billion? In addition to 1,335 locations and a $2.7 billion book of prescription business, there would be some intangibles in the deal as well — namely Safeway's relatively advanced Just for U loyalty program and a yet-to-be launched health-and-wellness platform that's supposed to evolve Safeway over the next decade from being a food retailer into being a health solutions center.

February 25, 2014

Bi-Lo Holdings and Delhaize Group on Tuesday announced they have received approval from the Federal Trade Commission to proceed with the transaction in which Bi-Lo Holdings will acquire substantially all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize.

February 10, 2014

Wellness Layers, a provider of health-and-wellness engagement portals, and RediClinic, an operator of retail-based convenient care clinics, has announced the launch of RediClinic’s redesigned Weigh Forward portal.

January 29, 2014

Kroger and Harris Teeter supermarkets announced that the merger transaction between the two companies was completed on Jan. 28, 2014.

January 24, 2014

Following its fourth-quarter results, Kimberly-Clark plans to pursue targeted growth initiatives and support growth opportunities with increased advertising and research spending.

January 24, 2014

McKesson announced that it has reached an agreement with Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH to acquire its entire holding of Celesio shares for 23.50 euros per share (US $32.24 per share).

January 23, 2014

CCA Industries, whose portfolio of health and beauty products includes Plus+White toothpastes and teeth whiteners, Bikini Zone medicated topical and shave gels, Nutra Nail nail care treatments and Gel Perfect UV-free gel color, is restructuring its operations and entering a partnership with sales and marketing company the Emerson Group

January 23, 2014

Match.com and Pfizer announced results from a recent survey showing that single smokers may want to consider breaking up with their cigarettes as they look for that special someone this year.

January 22, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to include $10 million in his 2014-2015 executive budget proposal for Binghampton University to commence site acquisition and design work for a School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy.

January 9, 2014

The electronic cigarette category is booming.

January 3, 2014

Serious discussion about the possibility of officially granting healthcare provider status to pharmacists is among the achievements that a pharmacy professional group cited as it welcomed the new year.

December 30, 2013

Back to Nature Foods Company on Monday announced that it has acquired SnackWell's, a cookie and snack business, from Mondelez Global.

December 30, 2013

Suitors for the remainder of Safeway's Dominick's stores in Chicago, which are now shuttering their doors, are beginning to come forward, according to a report published Saturday in the Chicago Sun-Times.

December 26, 2013

Fifteen years worth of ExtraCare learnings also have dramatically influenced the way CVS Caremark markets and merchandises to its best customers. These learnings have informed a critical part of its overall retail strategy, SVP merchandising Judy Sansone told DSN — conversion.

December 20, 2013

With the announcement of its first-quarter results, Walgreens continues to fire on all cylinders of its straight-three engine.

December 12, 2013

Allegro, a division of Conair known for creating beauty travel and storage solutions for brands and retailers around the world, has turned 40 and is looking forward to years of continued success.

December 3, 2013

RediClinic, a Texas-based operator of care clinics based in H-E-B grocery stores, on Tuesday announced the newest version of Weigh Forward, its weight and lifestyle management program, which is being dubbed Weigh Forward 2.0.

November 19, 2013

Spartan Stores and Nash Finch Company on Tuesday announced the completion of their merger.

November 13, 2013

Facing an increasingly competitive retail landscape, Canadian retailer Loblaw Cos. posted a slight lift in retail sales but, due to incremental margin investment in the back half of the year, lowered its earnings growth expectations for 2013. However, company executives are optimistic as the company remains focused on investing in what it refers to as the “customer proposition” and looks forward to its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart.

November 4, 2013

Lindt & Sprungli USA has announced the launch of its redesigned website, Lindt.com. To usher in the holiday season and to celebrate the revamped website, the chocolatier is unveiling its holiday collection and will provide exclusive online offers to customers.

November 1, 2013

Kroger’s Little Clinic is on a growth path. The company is looking to open as many as 50 new retail-based health clinics next year, according to published reports, as part of a clear health care play the retailer is making in the midst of healthcare reform.

We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again: 2014 will be the year of the retail clinic. Kroger currently has about 106 clinic locations and, by the end of 2013, the company looks to have nearly 120 clinics across six states. Next year, as many as 50 additional clinics will open their doors, according to reports.