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Bartell’s partners with local charity for summer food drive

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Regional chain Bartell Drugs will sponsor a food drive starting on Sunday, the company said.

The Seattle-based retailer said Friday that it would partner with Food Lifeline to sponsor the Bartell’s Community Food Drive, which will last through June 1.

All of the chain’s 58 stores will accept non-perishable food items to replenish local food banks during the summer, when families that depend on free or reduced-price school meals may have difficulty providing healthy meals at home. Bartell’s summer food drives have collected more than 125,000 pounds of food for local food banks since 2009.

The company welcomes suggested items such as canned tuna, instant oatmeal, cereals, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jam, cheese crackers, apple sauce and canned fruit, as well as items like baby formula, diapers, baby food, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues and soap.

 

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U.K. deal-maker Stefano Pessina confident in profitable 2013-2014 for Alliance Boots

BY Michael Johnsen

Alliance Boots posted a double-digit adjusted profit gain of 12.7% to $1.2 billion for its year ended March 31. Almost half of that profit is staked by Walgreens with its 45% share of the European pharmaceutical distributing powerhouse. 

A couple days later, Alliance Boots along with Walgreens and AmerisourceBergen announced the necessary regulatory clearances on that strategic partnership, cementing the three companies in place as the largest generic pharmaceutical acquisition company in the world. That deal will further enable the companies to realize greater profit margins. 

That’s one of the reasons behind the confidence expressed by Alliance Boots executive director Stefano Pessina. Worldwide, there will continue to be pressure on respective economies. Because both actual healthcare costs and the cost to manage that health care will likely continue to rise, that places Walgreens/Boots/ABC in the catbird seat as potentially the lowest-cost provider. 

It’s not just a larger pharmaceutical distribution engine that will help move Alliance Boots’ actual profit higher. Like Walgreens in the U.S., Boots is looking to expand its patient services at the ground level through its U.K. pharmacy. Earlier this year, Alliance Boots extended its hearing care partnership with Sonova through a 49% minority investment in its U.K. subsidiary that operates Boots hearing care practices across the U.K. 

And the company’s healthy cash flow and access to funding will further help Alliance Boots target additional strategic acquisitions in the future, enabling the company to quickly realize its intent to extend into prospect-rich markets like China and Latin America. 

It certainly appears Alliance Boots, and by proxy Walgreens, are only now setting the stage for the main feature. Expect both company’s growth in adjusted profit to continue. 

 

 

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Health benefits important to personal product purchasers

BY DSN STAFF

Health benefits are among the top characteristics playing a role in personal product selection, according to an online survey of almost 700 AccentHealth viewers conducted in April. More than three-quarters of shoppers consider the health benefits when buying a health, beauty or hygiene product.

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Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that appears in every edition of DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 6,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

 

Source: AccentHealth. To view the demographic breakdown of participants, click here.

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