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Loblaw drops plans for Nutshell health store pilot

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. has reportedly pulled the plug on its Nutshell health and wellness store concept as it shifts its focus to the purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart, according to a local news report.

According to CBC News, the Canadian grocer was looking to open its first pilot store in Toronto, but has delayed the planned fall opening.

A company spokesperson was reported as saying that, while it remains on the company’s roster of format options, it has no plans to open any Nutshell locations at this time.

According to the news report, Loblaw had initially positioned the concept as a “convenience-based, fresh food-led drug store model” that would sell “fresh, natural and health food and living ideas. In-store advisers, called Health Nuts, would help connect shoppers to local health experts and community seminars on healthier living.

 

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Squeez’Ems pops out new designs

BY Ryan Chavis

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — BooginHead, a supplier of parent-invented products, has announced the release of Squeez’Ems reusable pouches in two new designs. The new Orange Flower and Chevron designs provide an easy way for on-the-go families to enjoy healthy foods, the company said. And since the products are reusable, they reduce waste and give parents the option to purchase foods in bulk.

The company says the pouches are ideal for home-made baby foods as well as smoothies and pureed fruits for toddlers and school-aged kids.

Squeez’Ems are made from BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free materials. The new designs can be found exclusively at Babies ‘R Us.

 

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Walgreens extends program benefitting newly insured Americans enrolled under ACA

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced it is extending through April 15 its program to provide medications to newly insured Americans enrolled under the Affordable Care Act, who have difficulty using their new insurance coverage because they haven’t received a plan identification number yet from their insurer. Walgreens will continue to assist recently enrolled individuals by providing up to one month of a traditional, brand or generic medication at no upfront cost upon verification of eligibility.

The program was first announced in December to help achieve a smooth transition for those whose insurance coverage, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, began on Jan. 1. 

“We’re committed to helping those who’ve signed up for coverage through state and federal marketplaces access their medication without interruption, and anticipate a growing need leading up to, and following the March 31 enrollment deadline,” said Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness for Walgreens. “We’ll continue to support the newly insured and are also continuing our efforts to help simplify the enrollment process for those in our communities who may still be in need of insurance coverage.”

Working with GoHealth, Walgreens launched a nationwide initiative in October to assist customers considering the new health insurance marketplaces. Through the GoHealth Marketplace, those who are still considering insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act legislation have access to one-on-one support from a licensed GoHealth advisor who can help them shop and compare health insurance plans, enroll and find other important tools and information.

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