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Health push cultivates yogurt

BY Barbara White-Sax

A consumer push for healthier snacks has led to an explosion of yogurt sales. Sales of yogurt have increased every year since 2006, according to Mintel. The market research firm expected sales growth to continue, reaching a forecasted $6.9 billion in 2012 and $9.5 billion in 2016.

Greek-style yogurt, one of the fastest-growing foods ever to hit the U.S. market, is leading category growth. The segment accounts for nearly one-quarter of total category sales, according to Mintel’s recent report on the category. Greek yogurt’s low-fat, high-protein nutritional profile has made it popular with health-conscious consumers who are willing to pay a premium for the product.

Agro Farma’s Chobani brand has seen spectacular growth and is the category leader, and Dannon/Stonyfield Farm’s Oikos also has shown significant double-digit sales growth. Premium pricing within the Greek segment has given a lift to the entire category.

Mintel’s report indicated that consumers are willing to spend on premium yogurt, and not just Greek style. Even conventional yogurt brands, such as General Mills’ Yoplait, have met little consumer resistance to price increases since they are seen as “good-for-you.” Portable yogurts, particularly Yoplait’s Go-Gurt, remain popular as children’s snacks, and Stonyfield also has launched YoKids Greek yogurt for the younger set.

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Healthy Foods Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Cardinal Health bestows Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award to Frank Cable

BY Allison Cerra

ORLANDO, Fla. — Cardinal Health honored the owner of a Sacramento, Calif.-based independent pharmacy with the company’s Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award during its annual Retail Business Conference.

Frank Cable, owner of South Sacramento Pharmacy for more than 40 years, received the award, which each year honors a retail independent pharmacist who promotes the ideals of community pharmacy. The award was created in honor of Tampa, Fla., independent pharmacist Ken Wurster, who passed away in 2008 and was highly regarded for his commitment to serving his customers.

In addition to owning the South Sacramento Pharmacy, Cable also is founder and president of a property and business improvement district (called the North Franklin District Business Association); founder and board member of the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy; and preceptor for pharmacy students at Creighton University, California Northstate University, the University of the Pacific and the University of California, San Francisco.

In honor of Cable’s commitment to community service, Cardinal Health said will donate $5,000 in Cable’s name to Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and $5,000 to California Northstate University’s College of Pharmacy.

Additional finalists for the 2012 Ken Wurster Community Leadership Award included:

  • Bill Foster: Foster Drug Company in Mocksville, N.C.;

  • Teresa Stickler: Melrose Pharmacy in Phoenix, Ariz.;

  • Kirk Heinz: Kirk’s Pharmacy in Eatonville, Wash.; and

  • Michael Bellesine: El Dorado TrueCare Pharmacy in El Dorado, Kan.


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Armada, Definitive Homecare announce integration of ApproveRx, CPR+

BY Alaric DeArment

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — A company that develops software for the specialty pharmacy and similar industries has integrated Armada Health Care’s prior authorization system into its product.

Armada and Definitive Homecare Solutions announced the integration of Armada’s ApproveRx system with Definitive Homecare’s CPR+ specialty pharmacy software. The companies said the integration of the ApproveRx functionality within CPR+ would make it part of the pharmacy dispensing workflow and provide users of CPR+ with "optimal" workflow efficiencies.

"ApproveRx provides us with the appropriate [prior authorization] forms so we can submit them to prescribers electronically," Norbert Cointepoix, senior director of information technology and CPR+ and ApproveRx customer company Axium Healthcare Pharmacy, said. "The integration with CPR+ will safe our staff a tremendous amount of time with the auto-population of the appropriate forms."


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