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Designer Protein declares entire portfolio gluten-free

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Designer Protein on Wednesday announced its line of protein supplements are now all gluten-free, marking one of the first protein brands to be able to make a gluten-free claim across its entire portfolio of products, the company noted. 

"We are constantly looking to bring high-quality, consumer-desired protein products to the market," stated Grace Jean, Designer Protein CEO. "With an increasing number of consumers making gluten-free choices, we felt it was critical to attain the official ‘GF’ certification across our entire line."

All Designer Whey products will now feature the official "GF" logo that signifies that the Gluten-Free Certification Organization has found less that 10 ppm of gluten in all raw and finished Designer Whey products and has audited all of its manufacturing facilities. The new packaging will be shipped in the fall. 

 

 

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NACDS Total Store Expo set to debut

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS — Following more than two years of planning, the highly anticipated National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo is set to debut Aug.10 in Las Vegas with more than 5,400 attendees converging for four day days of programming.

The NACDS Total Store Expo runs from Aug. 10 to 13 and will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

Unifying the NACDS Marketplace Conference, NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference and NACDS Supply Chain & Logistics Conference into one comprehensive meeting, the NACDS Total Store Expo will offer a cross-industry approach to doing business in a new way. 
 
“The powerful new NACDS Total Store Expo is a game-changer in how the industry conducts business. Its innovative nature builds on NACDS’ reputation for providing cutting-edge events that focuses-in on retailers’ and suppliers’ needs,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.
 
The idea of the NACDS Total Store Expo was born out of an effort to identify opportunities to revolutionize NACDS events. After ongoing dialogue and formal outreach with the NACDS board of directors and NACDS members, the inaugural 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo was announced at the 2011 NACDS Annual Meeting by then-NACDS chairman Larry Merlo of CVS Caremark. 
 
The vision of the NACDS Total Store Expo continued to be carried out under the leadership of subsequent NACDS chairmen, Bob Loeffer of H-E-B and Greg Wasson of Walgreens. As the new show opens this weekend, current NACDS chairman Bob Narveson will usher in the event with a ribbon cutting.
 
“NACDS recognizes the outstanding commitment of the NACDS board of directors, NACDS members, sponsors and meeting attendees in helping to make this inaugural meeting a success,” added Anderson.
 
“As with all of our meetings and conferences, NACDS is dedicated to the success of all the retailers and suppliers attending the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo,” stated Anderson. “I can think of no better way to put a capstone on the 80th anniversary of NACDS than with this uniquely powerful show format that delivers the right business opportunities to foster meaningful discussions in a personalized manner.”

For DSN‘s list of top 10 things to do at NACDS TSE, click here.

 

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Healthcare app PingMD initiates B-Round of funding

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — PingMD, a New York City-based mobile communications healthcare solutions company, has announced that Lambda Fund IV is making an investment in PingMD’s B-round of funding.
 
Having invested in companies such as SeniorBridge (acquired by Humana), AthenaHealth, Medidata Solutions and Health Dialog acquired by BUPA, the Lambda Fund’s Managing Partner Anthony Lamport said, “I am excited about PingMD’s transformational approach to intelligent communications in healthcare.” 

Gopal K. Chopra, CEO of PingMD, added, "Lambda brings a depth of healthcare services experience and technology insight that will help propel PingMD forward in the growing sea of change of healthcare delivery."

PingMD positions itself as the first ever HIPAA-compliant, completely secure and free-of-charge, app-based service designed to restore relationships between patients and their healthcare providers. It is working to help to pave the way toward new era of patient-centric healthcare with improved access and better overall care for patients by providing case collaboration, continuity of care and a permanent record for digital health recordkeeping.

As PingMD continues to secure additional B-round funding, co-founder Chopra has plans in the works to extend the service in 2013 to all healthcare practitioners, hospitals and healthcare companies.

 

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