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Industry giants to serve as panelists

BY Michael Johnsen

The 16th annual Drug Store News Industry Issues Summit on Dec. 2 is shaping up to be a must-attend event. In addition to the newly named CVS Health and the Walgreens Boots Alliance, participating retailers will include Ahold, Cardinal Health, Costco, Family Dollar, Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club, Shopko, Target, Thrifty White and Winn-Dixie.

Chris Dimos, SVP corporate strategy and business development for McKesson, will moderate the first panel — titled Health, Wellness and Technology Summit — which will address emerging healthcare technologies. The next panel — Diabetes and Chronic Care Roundtable — will explore the critical issue of chronic care management with moderator Dave Wendland, VP Hamacher Resource Group.

Dan Mack, founder of the Mack Elevation Forum and author of “Dark Horse: How Challenger Companies Rise to Prominence,” will moderate the Industry Issues Summit panel on driving front-end growth.

In addition, DSN editor Rob Eder will moderate a discussion featuring special guest speaker Raymond Kelly, former New York Police Commissioner.

For more information, including registration and sponsorship, visit DSNIndustryIssues.com.

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TargetExpress to open in San Diego in 2015

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLS — Target has announced plans for its sixth TargetExpress store, opening in the South Park area of San Diego in July 2015.

The store will be located at the northeast Corner of Grape Street and Fern Street. At approximately 19,000 sq. ft., this store will be about 14% of the size of a typical general merchandise Target store (135,000 sq, ft.).

Like other TargetExpress locations, the South Park store will offer an edited assortment that is locally relevant. For example, this store could include such TargetExpress features as grab-and-go food options, a full beauty department and a pharmacy. The specific offering at the South Park TargetExpress will be determined as construction gets underway, the company stated.

Target currently operates one TargetExpress store in Minneapolis, and the San Diego location is the fifth store to be announced for a 2015 opening.  Three of these stores will be located in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, Minn.

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Ancient Harvest announces hearty new addition

BY Ryan Chavis

BOULDER, Colo. — Ancient Harvest announced a new line of hot cereals that feature a blend of quinoa, millet, amaranth and gluten-free rolled oats. The cereals can be prepared either by adding water and heating in a microwave or by cooking on a stovetop.
 
"One of our goals has always been to provide a wide variety of great-tasting meal options for consumers who have diet restrictions or are looking for healthier options, including at breakfast," said Blake Waltrip, CEO, Ancient Harvest. "Many of our consumers have been using our quinoa and quinoa flakes to incorporate ancient grains into their morning routine for years, so we are happy to now be offering a quick and nutritious complete breakfast option."  
 
The new line comes in a box of six packets and is available in five varieties: Apple Cinnamon, Banana and Brown Sugar, Maple Morning, Honey Vanilla Spice and Traditional. The manufacturer suggested retail price is $6.99. Consumers can expect to see Ancient Harvest hot cereals on retail shelves this winter. 

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