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AmerisourceBergen elects UGI chairman to wholesaler’s board of directors

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Thursday elected Lon Greenberg, 62, to its board of directors, effective immediately. Greenberg fills the vacancy created by Charles Cotros’s retirement from the board in February 2013. Greenberg also joined the audit and corporate responsibility committee and finance committee of the board. AmerisourceBergen’s board of directors is currently comprised of 10 directors.

“Lon’s extensive business experience, strategic vision and extraordinary commitment and dedication to our community will make Lon a great asset to the AmerisourceBergen board,” stated Richard Gozon, chairman of the board of AmerisourceBergen.

Greenberg served as CEO of UGI Corporation from 1995 until his retirement on April 1, 2013. Greenberg continues to serve as the chairman of UGI’s board of directors, a position he has held since 1996. He joined UGI in 1980 and held a number of senior management and executive positions throughout his career with UGI, including SVP legal and corporate development, and president of UGI.

In addition to serving as the chairman of UGI Corporation, Greenberg is a director of Aqua America and Ameriprise Financial. Greenberg also is a member of the board of trustees of Temple University, the board of directors of Temple University Health System, and the board of directors of Fox Chase Cancer Center. Furthermore, he currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.


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New BeKoool patch offers itch relief from poison ivy, insect bites

BY Jason Owen

DALTON, Ga. — BeKoool, makers of a cooling soft gel sheet formulated for children to relieve fevers, announced last week a new product to relieve itching and scratching associated with insect bites, poison ivy and more.

BeKoool’s Itch Relief Patches are clear and nearly invisible on skin, a first-of-its-kind, the company stated in a release, and can be used by anybody to cover and protect an irritated area of the skin preventing infection from excessive scratching.

“Our new Itch Relief Patches are ideal for active families who want to have fun outdoors and on vacation, and not worry about their kids’ insect bites getting infected from scratching or messy anti-itch creams wiping off on their clothes,” says Penny Caudill, product manager for BeKoool. “And the Itch Relief Patches come in a flat pouch that’s easy to keep on hand in purses and backpacks.”

BeKoool’s Itch Relief Patches can be used for fast relief from pains and itching associated with insect bites, poison ivy and other minor skin irritations, and they stay in place during spring and summer outdoor activities. Each box comes with 18 of the protective, clear, easy-to-use patches.

BeKoool’s new Itch Relief Patches can be found online at Drugstore.com and Walgreens.com, and in the anti-itch sections of the following retailers: Walmart, Dollar General, Harris Teeter and H-E-B.


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Syndicated sales analysis firms IRi and SPINS partner on new natural/organic food segmentation

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Information Resources Inc. and SPINS on Wednesday announced the integration of SPINS’ natural/organic food segmentation and industry expertise with IRi’s Consumer Network household panel. The coupling is expected to create a natural/organic segmentation capability that empowers CPG manufacturers and retailers to more effectively identify and market to consumers and shoppers in the fast growing natural/organic sector.  

"Our relationship with SPINS significantly expands IRi’s coverage within the natural/organic products industry and overall health and wellness sector,” stated Robert Tomei, president of Consumer & Shopper Marketing, IRi. “It also enables us to collaborate with recognized domain experts to best understand business implications and offer the optimal natural and organic-based information and consumer and shopper-based segmentation solutions to our clients.”

"The natural products market topped $80 billion in 2012. In the past year, nearly every household in the U.S. purchased natural products and more than two-thirds of households are buying organic products," stated Tony Olson, CEO SPINS. "The natural products industry continues to experience double-digit growth year over year, and to sustain this growth, the market needs complete solutions. We are thrilled to partner with IRi to provide manufacturer and retailer clients with advanced insights into the natural consumer so they can continue to respond to the growing demand and propel the industry forward.”

The IRi Consumer Network panel leverages in-home scanner-based purchase reporting and proprietary analytical solutions to assist manufacturers and retailers in assessing volume and share level trends based upon what is happening in the home: who is buying, where, how often, the level of brand and retailer loyalty, and the impact of consumer and shopper promotions.


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