Fred’s tests pharmacy-centric GetWell
MIDDLETON, Tenn. — Fred’s Super Dollar is piloting a new store concept called GetWell Drug and Dollar that features a heavy focus on pharmacy, OTC and value-oriented convenience basics. The 8,000-sq.-ft. locations, half the size of a typical Fred’s, will field some 7,500 front-end SKUs, 30% of which will be comprised of health-and-wellness items.
While the store may be smaller, Fred’s has actually expanded its assortment across several nonprescription categories, including analgesics, first aid, digestives and vitamins, minerals and supplements. And there will be no tobacco sold in the store, though a full line of e-cigarettes will be on display.
The four test markets are located in Middleton, Tenn.; Glenwood, Ga.; Leland, Miss.; and Sulligent Ala.
Editor’s Note: The store tour page in the Jan. 14 issue of DSN featured photos of a standard Fred’s Super Dollar prototype store, rather than the smaller-box GetWell Drug and Dollar concept featured here. DSN regrets this oversight.
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Weevil Away releases 100% organic pest repellant
OLDSMAR, Fla. — Weevil Away, a 100% organic pest repellant, is a new product that prevents infestations of weevils, roaches and pantry moths that’s safe to use around food, the company said in a statment released today.
The product comes in two forms: a liquid spray for cleaning inside drawers and cupboards and a scent pad for releasing a continuous aroma that’s unpleasant to weevils and other insects but smells great to humans. Weevil Away is not a pesticide, and it’s safe to use in food storage areas without rinsing. The main ingredients of the patented formula include botanicals, such as bay, spruce and mint oils.
"Our product is completely safe to apply near food," said Joe Rodriguez of Weevil Away. "Users don’t have to clean out the pantry, wear masks or vacate the area. The smell is actually quite pleasant to people, but weevils, roaches and pantry moths go elsewhere when they catch a whiff. Anyone who has battled a weevil infestation knows how costly and frustrating it can be to evict these little beasts. Weevil Away works the first time, and users never have to worry about accidentally re-introducing the bugs later."
Weevil Away’s creators recommend first wiping down potential weevil habitats (e.g., pantries, drawers and cupboards) with the spray solution, followed by an application of one of the adhesive scent pads. No rinsing is required.
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Sheba to introduce sustainable fish-based food for cats
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mars Petcare will use responsible sourcing of fish for its fish-based Sheba product lines, the company said Monday.
The company said it plans to use only sustainably sourced fish by 2020, offering only fish that are farmed or wild-caught from environmentally sustainable sources. The new sourcing program is based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program sourcing recommendations.
"As the world’s leading pet care company, we understand the importance of our ingredient sourcing choices and how they can make a positive impact on the environment," Mars Petcare U.S. marketing services director Tina Garcia said. "By using responsibly sourced fish for our Sheba Entrees, we have made it easy for pet owners to shop with confidence and to reward the most environmentally responsible fishing practices."