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EAS Consulting Group names new independent advisor for VMS

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — EAS Consulting Group on Thursday welcomed Timothy Stewart as the new independent advisor for dietary supplements.  

Stewart has been an independent consultant for EAS since 2013 and has proven to be an invaluable asset to dietary supplement clients, taking on the most challenging projects and providing sound solutions that offer a way forward in the complex world of dietary supplement FDA regulations.

"We welcome Tim in his new advisory role," stated Dean Cirotta president and COO, EAS Consulting.  "His expertise is an asset to EAS clients and we look forward to him expanding that role as he continues to work with us."

Stewart is a Ph.D. in Chemistry, and an expert in applications such as raw material and finished product specifications, scientifically valid test methods, serious adverse event reporting, retail labeling, Prop. 65 and Good Manufacturing Practices.  He is also an internationally recognized training facilitator.

 

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Hy-Vee partnership with Orangetheory Fitness a ‘one-stop shop’ for wellness

BY Michael Johnsen

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee on Thursday announced two strategic partnerships, one with Orangetheory Fitness and another with Wahlburgers.

“These unprecedented collaborations reinforce our company’s longstanding commitment to health and wellness, culinary expertise and customer experience,” stated Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee chairman, CEO and president. “However, they also represent a bold step to deliberately evolve our business to meet the change in our customers’ lifestyles and spending habits. These partnerships keep us on the leading edge as the retail grocery industry evolves.”

Orangetheory Fitness is a fitness program offering an intensive group training workout. With 750 studios open nationwide, the company is on track to open 1,500 in the next two years.

Hy-Vee will partner with Orangetheory to offer customers a fitness experience in or adjacent to Hy-Vee stores. In addition, Hy-Vee dietitians will work with Orangetheory members to offer dietetic services, provide samples of nutritional products and lead store tours to showcase items that align with member needs.

This partnership creates an integrated fitness component to bolster Hy-Vee’s focus on health and wellness – including in-store dietitians, HealthMarkets, chefs, fresh and organic produce and pharmacies.

The first Hy-Vee Orangetheory Fitness location will open in 2017 in the Twin Cities.

“Orangetheory is a revolutionary fitness experience, which combined with Hy-Vee’s health offerings, creates a one-stop shop for wellness,” commented Kevin Keith, chief brand officer Orangetheory Fitness. “Like our members, we know that many Hy-Vee customers are looking for more convenient ways to access fitness and healthy eating options in one location – this partnership solves that need.”

And Wahlburgers is a fast casual restaurant featuring signature burgers. Currently, Wahlburgers operates 17 locations in nine states and Canada. Hy-Vee will build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers in seven Midwestern states, becoming the brand’s largest single franchisee. In addition, all 84 Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants will offer Wahlburgers-branded menu items.

The first Hy-Vee-owned Wahlburgers will be located in West Des Moines, Iowa, and open in mid-2018.
 

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New York joins San Francisco and Boston in banning pharmacy sale of tobacco

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this week signed a series of bills to help reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 160,000 by 2020, in part by banning the sale of tobacco products in retail pharmacy outlets by 2018.

"We'll be cutting the number of people selling, the number of stores selling tobacco products," de Blasio said during a news conference earlier this week. "New York City, right now, has more tobacco retailers than we have Starbucks and pizzerias combined. Everywhere you turn, unfortunately, there's a store selling tobacco. That has to change," he said. "We will be, in particular, ending the sale of these dangerous products at pharmacies. This will be a total ban on the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies."

New York City has high tobacco retail density, with about 8,300 licensed cigarette retailers’ citywide, averaging almost 30 dealers per square mile. Easy access to tobacco retailers makes it harder for smokers to quit. Based on conservative Health and DCA estimates, 10 years after implementation, this bill could achieve up to a 40% reduction in the number of tobacco retailers.

Of those, there are more than 550 pharmacies in New York City licensed to sell tobacco products. The prohibition would begin after these current licenses expire in 2018.

New York would join San Francisco and Boston as the only cities to ban pharmacies from selling tobacco products, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, and would become one of 107 municipalities, primarily in California and Massachusetts, with similar bans.

Other measures signed into law to reduce the number of smokers in New York include raising the minimum prices for all tobacco products, including cigarettes, and imposing a new 10% local tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes; capping and reducing through attrition the number of tobacco retailers citywide; creating a retail license for e-cigarettes and capping the number of e-cigarette retailers; increasing the fee for a cigarette retail dealer license; requiring all residential buildings to create a smoking policy and disclosing it to both current and prospective tenants; and prohibiting smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in common areas in multiple dwellings with fewer than 10 units.

 

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