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Bartell touts ‘next gen’ store

BY DSN STAFF

SEATTLE — Regional chain Bartell Drugs recently opened its "next generation" store format, a remodel of an existing store in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. Developed in conjunction with Hartman Group, the store includes a "Fresh Beauty" cosmetics section with natural and organic product lines; a "Wellness Courtyard" for supplements, vitamins and healthy beverages; a "Sweets & Snacks" section with new displays and lighting; and an "Urban Market" the showcases unique and locally produced products. The store also features a more modern look with lower shelves and hardwood flooring.

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Report: Kraft, Wrigley to cut chewing gum package size, prices

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Certain chewing gum companies are introducing smaller packs that will carry a lower price tag, according to a new report.

According to MarketWatch, Kraft Foods is expected to introduce five-piece packs of Trident and Stride gums, which will cost 50 cents. Additionally, confectioner Wrigley, which is owned by Mars, is expected to roll out smaller and more affordable chewing gum in 2012.

Kraft’s gum portfolio includes Dentyne, in addition to Trident and Stride. Wrigley produces such brands as Big Red, Doublemint, Extra and more.

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Jack Link’s Beef Jerky acquires distribution facility

BY Allison Cerra

MINONG, Wis. — Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has acquired an Underwood, Iowa-based distribution facility.

The beef jerky brand said that the acquisition, which is expected to close at the end of next month, will boost the company’s shipping, receiving and product merchandising support, as well as its distribution center and warehouse capacities, further positioning the brand for future growth.

The facility is being acquired from party supplies merchant The Oriental Trading Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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