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Friends of Frank give Maione a night to remember

BY Rob Eder

CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J. — Drug Store News at Il Giardino Ristorante. Next time you’re there, try the veal—tell them Frank Maione sent you. To see more photos from the event, log on to DrugStoreNews.com  . —On Nov. 5, industry vet Frank Maione closed the book on 34 years of building the business for the likes of Warner Lambert, Pfizer and most recently Johnson & Johnson. Last month, a group of about 100 of his friends, colleagues and family members—including mom, dad and enough grandchildren to create his own junior sales team—joined

Frank—on behalf of all of your friends at Drug Store News, thanks for everything you have done to build the business we cover.… And yes, I still owe you a pizza from Lombardi’s!

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Stater Bros. kicks off Harvesting Hope campaign

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. A Southern California-based supermarket chain is assisting with hunger relief throughout November and December.

Stater Bros., in conjunction with its charitable arm, Stater Bros. Charities, will host its Harvesting Hope campaign. The retailer said it is collecting nonperishable food items for struggling families and accepting additional cash donations in all 167 Stater Bros. stores. The stores also are offering customers the opportunity to purchase $10 Harvesting Hope scannable donation cards.

Each year, Stater Bros. contributes more than $15 million to assist those in need, with an emphasis on worthy programs that benefit hunger relief, health and nutrition, education and animal shelters. Stater Bros. also annually donates more than 3 million lbs of food and products to the local food banks.

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Whoopee! American Greetings brings the laughs

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND Jokers will be sure to embrace the latest laugh-out-loud card line from American Greetings.

The greeting card company announced its first-ever whoopee-cushion greeting card line, called "It’s a Gas!" Each card in the collection is an actual whoopee cushion that can be signed and sent in an accompanying envelope.

 

"Consumers often tell us that surprising friends and family with the greeting cards they choose is the best part of the experience, so we are always looking for ways to introduce unexpected ideas," said Mary McClain, creative director of new product concepts at American Greetings. "With ‘It’s a Gas!,’ we have a really fun format that is silly and unique and sure to put a big smile on anyone’s face, which is what we strive for in every card we create."

 

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