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All American Pet Co. ships nutrition bars for dogs to Walmart

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES — The All American Pet Co. said its new line of nutrition bars for dogs is on its way to Walmart.

The company said Thursday that its three SKUs of NutraBars were on their way to "the world’s largest retailer" for its first purchase order, though it didn’t mention Walmart by name.

"We can get the retailer, but we can’t write the retailer’s purchase order," AAPT CEO Barry Schwartz said. "We created the bar and have the capabilities to meet the demand."

The company will be at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., which takes place between Feb. 20-22 and includes 800 exhibitors and 5,000 retail buyers.


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Partnership aims to curb cardiovascular disease among African-Americans in Alabama

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A new health initiative will address cardiovascular disease among African-Americans living in three counties in Alabama where the problem is considered significant.

The initiative is a public-private partnership led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which together with the Morehouse School of Medicine, awarded $900,000 to the National Baptist Convention USA to build on faith-based organizations to connect communities to vital healthcare resources like hypertension-management services, including blood pressure monitoring, free or low-cost medication and patient counseling and education.

Alabama is one of the states constituting the so-called "Stroke Belt," a region that includes most states in the South, and African-Americans living there frequently lack access to health care; 54 of the state’s 67 counties have a shortage of primary care, dental or mental health providers. According to 2009 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans are 30% more likely to die from heart disease.

The initiative is part of the Million Hearts Stroke Belt Project, which the HHS Office of Minority Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health are jointly funding.


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Kroger Central Division president Bob Moeder retires

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Thursday announced the retirement of Central Division president Bob Moeder.

"During his 42-year career, Bob has consistently demonstrated his passion for and commitment to our associates, our customers and our local communities," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and COO. "His improvement of our convenience store division and support on launching supermarket fuel has contributed to Kroger’s connection with customers and increased value for shareholders. We thank Bob and Marsha for their many years of dedicated service and wish them the best in retirement. I am sure Bob will remain involved in serving the Kroger family through his community service, passionately advocating for the causes that matter deeply to Bob and his family."

Moeder, originally from Kansas, began his career with Dillon Companies in 1971, working part-time for its Calhoun’s clothing division while attending college in Salina, Kan. He earned a degree in computer science from Kansas State University in 1971 and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus in 2008. Moeder also is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Kansas.

He was named president of Calhoun’s in 1984. In 1985, he joined Kwik Shop, a convenience store division of the Dillons Company, as assistant director of operations. He became EVP of Kwik Shop in 1991, and he was promoted to VP convenience stores and Turkey Hill Dairy in 1995. In 1999, he was named corporate VP convenience stores, supermarket petroleum group and Turkey Hill Dairy. In 2006, he was promoted to serve in his current role as president of Central Division.

During his tenure at Kroger Central Division, Moeder oversaw a strategic restructuring of the division, including a significant number of new store openings, expansions, remodels and store closings, leading to almost $1 billion in store investments and nearly 2,000 new jobs. Under his leadership, Central Division acquired Scott’s Food & Pharmacy in Fort Wayne and pursued a more than $105 million capital investment project across the Fort Wayne region. 

His passion for people guided effective investments in community relationships and increased community support to nearly $15 million per year, Kroger reported.

 

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