Little Busy Bodies announces licensing agreement with P&G
CINCINNATI — Little Busy Bodies on Wednesday announced it has finalized a licensing agreement with Procter & Gamble. Under the agreement, Little Busy Bodies, creators of the popular Boogie Wipes, will make and market a line of saline-infused products under the Puffs brand.
Available this June, Puffs Fresh Faces is a moist saline tissue for adults. “When we first developed Boogie Wipes in 2007, we knew saline worked wonders when it came to cleaning and soothing stuffy noses. We also knew saline had positive effects on the skin and ultimately wanted to tap into that knowledge when the time was right,” said Julie Pickens, CEO of Little Busy Bodies. “Our partnership with P&G has really allowed us to build on the technology behind the use of saline for personal care and to realize our goal of taking moist saline wipes to the next level.”
Puffs Fresh Faces are built on the same quality foundation established by Pickens and her team of fellow moms. But different from kid-oriented Boogie Wipes, Fresh Faces can be used to remove makeup, clean or refresh the face after a long day or tough workout, and to take on sneezes and mucus-filled moments caused by colds, the flu and allergies.
Puffs Fresh Faces will be offered in Fresh Scent, Light Lavender, with a touch of Vicks and fragrance free. Puffs Fresh Faces will be available in 15-count packs for $1.99 and 45-count packs for $4.99. For more information, visit PuffsFreshFaces.com.
Amber Pharmacy, Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions open newly expanded headquarters
OMAHA, Neb. – Amber Pharmacy has opened its expanded headquarters, saying the new structure, which links to the existing headquarters, will provide room for the company’s growth.
Amber said Wednesday that the new addition to the headquarters also would provide space for Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions, the specialty pharmacy joint venture that it runs with West Des Moines, Iowa-based supermarket chain Hy-Vee. The new headquarters houses the pharmacy companies, shipping and warehousing, conference rooms and other facilities, adding about 30,000 square feet for a total of 68,000 square feet.
Amber Pharmacy CEO William Kaplan, chief administrative officer Tim Kaplan, Carolyn Kaplan, Stacia Kaplan, COO William Kaplin and president Michael Agostino attend a ribbon-cutting event at the specialty pharmacy company’s newly expanded headquarters. Amber announced the opening of the headquarters, more than twice the size of the previous one, on Wednesday.
"The number of employees has more than doubled over the past several years, and we have outgrown our other building," Amber CEO William Kaplan said. "We are fortunate to have room for expansion at such a beautiful location in our hometown."
Kroger highlights sustainability programs
CINCINNATI — Kroger is hoping to achieve a government-supported "zero waste" threshold, and will be about three-quarters of the way there within two years, the supermarket operator said Wednesday.
The company said it was moving toward the Environmental Protection Agency’s zero-waste threshold of having 90% of its waste diverted away from landfills at all locations, diverting 58% of its waste already and hoping to increase that to 65% by the end of the year and 70% by the end of 2015.
That commitment is part of the company’s broader sustainability initiative, which also includes using 100% sustainable palm oil by the end of 2015.
"For 130 years, Kroger has aimed to serve each individual customer every day and to be good stewards of our communities and the environment," Kroger chairman and CEO David Dillon said. "Our sustainability progress today is part of this proud heritage, thanks to more than 343,000 associates who are helping make each community we serve a better place to live."
Other parts of the initiative include reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted, reducing energy consumption and improving transportation efficiency. The company is also working with such groups as Feeding America to donate to food banks, helping customers support various causes and reducing accident rates, as well as investing in underserved communities and promoting supplier diversity.