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Fusion Brands announces retirement of CEO

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Fusion Brands Inc., the manufacturer of LipFusion lip plumper under its FusionBeauty brand, has announced the retirement of CEO Randi Shinder and the sell of her remaining equity in the company.

Majority shareholder, Eugene Melnyk, has agreed to acquire Shinder’s remaining stake in the company for an undisclosed amount, making him the sole owner of Fusion Brands Inc. and Fusion Brands International.

“After eight memorable years as founder and CEO of Fusion Brands Inc., I have decided to sell my remaining equity and take a well deserved break to spend more time with my family,” stated Shinder. “This was a deeply personal decision that took months of contemplation. One of the hardest aspects of my decision was knowing I will be leaving a great team at Fusion Brands, as well as so many supportive industry colleagues that have been integral to my success.”

The company is in the process of appointing a new CEO and expects to make an imminent announcement on Shinder’s successor.

Melnyk acquired a 55% interest in Fusion Brands Inc. and Fusion Brands International in August 2006. Fusion Brands is responsible for the research and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing of the FusionBeauty and Clean product lines, which includes bath and body products as well as home fragrance.

“Randi is an exceptional entrepreneur who took Fusion Brands from a concept and in less than a decade transformed it into an industry leader,” stated Melnyk. “On behalf of the entire team at Fusions Brands, I want to thank Randi for her leadership and congratulate her on the many corporate achievements and industry awards that are a true reflection of her personal drive, determination and creativity.”

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Albertsons introduces organic products line to stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho Albertsons LLC has introduced to 240 store locations a line of organic products ranging from baby food, to dairy, beverages, snacks and full meal options.

The O Organics line is being supported at Albertsons by a multi-million dollar consumer marketing campaign to drive traffic.

“Organics are rapidly moving from niche purchases to mainstream staples and we appreciate the opportunity to work with Albertsons LLC to offer the O Organics brand to its customers,” stated Alex Petrov, president of Lucerne Foods Inc. “With the strong, across-the-board interest from shoppers in health and wellness options, O Organics allows mainstream grocers to easily implement a store-wide organic strategy with the broadest possible product range and the ability to meet the order volume of the largest supermarket chains.”

Launched in 2005, O Organics offers retailers a complete, multi-category solution with more than 300 products in 30+ categories.

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Clarification: Walgreens sees more staffing changes with departures of three purchasing VPs

BY Drug Store News Team

NEW YORK A report Thursday on new changes in Walgreens’ purchasing department included a statement indicating that the departure of three divisional merchandise managers could signal changes in the structure of the chain’s overall purchasing department. No such changes are foreseen, said a company spokesperson.

“As for the way purchasing activities are currently organized,” explained Walgreens spokesperson Tiffani Washington, “we’ll keep our current structure.”

The positions of all three of the outgoing general merchandise managers will be filled, she added, with replacements drawn either from inside or outside the company.

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