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Giant-Landover donates $25,000 to Toys for Tots

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Supermarket chain Giant Food of Landover, Md., donated $25,000 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to support children in need across the Mid-Atlantic region this week, the Ahold-owned chain said.

Giant, also known as Giant-Landover to distinguish it from Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa. — also owned by Ahold — said it would collect toys at all of its 170 stores during the holiday season.

Giant-Landover operates stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

The announcement, made Tuesday, follows the chain’s Nov. 20 donation of 1,000 turkeys to local food banks ahead of Thanksgiving. 

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L&R Distributors acquires SAJ Distributors and rights to the Select Brand private-label line from Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — L&R Distributors on Wednesday acquired the assets of SAJ Distributors, along with the private-label line Select Brand, from Walgreens. Walgreens had acquired SAJ earlier this year when it purchased USA Drug from Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings and members of the LaFrance family.

L&R will operate the existing SAJ Distribution Center and offices located in Pine Bluff, Ark., operating under the SAJ name and retaining many existing SAJ staff who work in customer service, accounting, purchasing and operations, the company stated. L&R will also maintain the existing SAJ sales staff, delivery methods and inventory mix. 

Coming on the heels of L&R’s recent acquisition of UNFI’s Non Foods Division — previously known as Millbrook — the SAJ acquisition will layer an additional 1,000 points of distribution into L&R’s client base, continuing L&R’s strategic growth within the independent grocery class of trade.

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NACDS Foundation collects nearly $1.8 million at New York dinner

BY DSN STAFF

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The 14th annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation dinner raised nearly $1.8 million to fund research, charity and scholarships, the foundation said Wednesday.

The dinner, which took place in New York Tuesday night, included a keynote address by former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Gen. Colin Powell, who reflected on its five decades of leadership. NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger said during her remarks at the dinner, "We could not do the important work of the foundation without guidance and leadership of our supporters and friends. We’re researching ways to help patients manage their medications better. We’re researching new ways to advance patient health in emerging healthcare models. We’re introducing higher education and research opportunities to evaluate innovative practices that offer increased access to millions of patients."

The NACDS Foundation also recognized recipients of the 2012 Excellence and Patient Care Awards, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard University Medical School clinicians and researchers Michael Fischer and William Shrank. Fischer and Shrank, who researched interventions to improve medication adherence, were selected from among researchers, organizations and advocates for their work to advance patient care, each receiving a $5,000 grant to continue advancing their work.

The dinner also included "Together," a video designed to show the foundation’s mission of advancing patient care through community pharmacy with research, education and charity, highlighting partnerships and collaborative efforts of allies focused on improving patient health and quality of life.


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