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Consumer Goods Forum appoints Ahold CEO as co-chairman

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM — An industry network of 400 retailers, manufacturers and other companies has appointed the head of Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold to an executive position.

The Consumer Goods Forum announced Wednesday the appointment of Ahold CEO Dick Boer as co-chairman following the meeting of its board of directors in Tokyo. The other co-chairman is Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke, and the two will replace outgoing chairman Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., and Gareth Ackerman, chairman of Pick ‘n’ Pay. The board of the CGF, a group founded in 2009, comprises 50 leaders of retail and manufacturing companies.

"Ahold has been working with the CGF for many years, and we are honored to be involved at such a high level now," Boer said. "The CGF is uniquely positioned to drive the vision of the industry and encourage real change. Its ability to bring companies together for the good of our customers makes the work of the CGF both relevant and important."

 

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Study: Retail clinics to double, save $800M annually by 2015

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS — The number of U.S. retail health clinics is projected to double by 2015 because of the increasing demand of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, according to new a report released on Wednesday by Accenture ACN at the annual America’s Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

The report shows that the growing number of retail-based health clinics is expected to drive $800 million in annual cost savings by 2015 and will add capacity for 10.8 million patient visits per year, compared with 5.1 million in 2011. In fact, according to Accenture’s analysis, the number of patient visits at retail clinics is projected to account for 10% of non-primary care outpatient visits by the end of 2015.

"Despite that initial growth of retail clinics was halted short of market expectations in 2009, healthcare reform will trigger a significant demand from millions of newly insured patients," Kaveh Safavi, managing director for Accenture’s North America health business, said. "The convergence of retail convenience with walk-in care services will provide a ‘release valve’ for strained health systems as they handle the influx of new patients."

Historically, retail clinics experienced a five-year trend of rapid growth from 2003 to 2008, ranging from 50% to 92% annually during that time. However, growth in the sector stalled, falling to just 2% per year, from 2008 to 2012, the report stated.

According to Accenture’s report, the number of retail clinics is expected to increase 20% to 25% per year between now and 2015 and double from 1,418 to 2,868 clinics in that time period.

"Although primary care physicians and hospitals once regarded retail clinics as a business threat, in a post-reform landscape, they are viewed as critical to facilitating future growth," Safavi added. "In fact, retail clinics will reduce capacity constraints by referring lower-acuity patients to clinics while ensuring hospitals have capacity for more complex cases."
 

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Jelly Belly gears up for 2013 holiday season with new product offerings

BY Jason Owen

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly announced this week the addition of two new product offerings that will be available for the 2013 holiday season.

First is the Jelly Belly Countdown to Christmas Calendar. The calendar is filled with 24 tiny bags of Jelly Belly Kids Mix jelly beans, one bag for each day leading up to the holiday. The oversized, colorful advent calendar depicts Mr. Jelly Belly in a winter holiday scene adding Jelly Belly beans to a tree as decoration. Each numbered window in the box-sized calendar opens to reveal one of the tiny bags of jelly beans.

Jelly Belly beans contain four calories per bean and are fat free, peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and OU Kosher certified.

The Countdown to Christmas Calendar ships in July in 6-count cases.

Also from Jelly Belly comes the new Gummi Christmas Lights, Christmas light-shaped gummie candies that make for good stocking stuffers, the company noted. Gummi Christmas Lights come in four flavors: blueberry, very cherry, green apple and orange. They are available in a 6-ounce Jelly Belly Gift Bag in a 12-count and 10 lb bulk cases beginning in August.

Gummi Christmas Lights also are fat free, peanut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and OU Kosher certified.


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