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NGA survey shows majority of consumers want stores to make nutrition, health info readily available

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. According to a survey recently released by the National Grocers Association, the majority of consumers want their local grocery stores to make nutrition and health information available to shoppers, but housing a pharmacy to deliver that information is not as important.

According to the survey, 72% of consumers listed the availability of nutrition and health information as “somewhat important” or “very important.” Only 32% of respondents felt similarly about pharmacy, and of those, only 10% listed an in-store pharmacy as “very important.”

And while that number looking for a pharmacy in their grocery store is relatively low, it is climbing. “This is up from 29% who said it last year (9% very, 20% somewhat),” NGA stated. “Older respondents account for half of those who say pharmacy presence does matter (40% aged 50-64, 9% aged 65 and older in the current survey). Needless to say, as the aging Baby Boomer population of 76 million enters “senior status,” in 2010 we would expect this number to continue to grow, mirroring the 65+ population growth.”

For nutrition and wellness information, women accounted for 86% of the latest “very important” respondents.

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Supervalu recalls private-label peanut products

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS Amid the ongoing recalls of peanut products across the country, a large supermarket operator announced Saturday that it had taken several private-label products off its shelves.

Supervalu said it was recalling trail mix and fruit and nut trail mix products sold under the private labels of Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, ACME and Shaw’s stores.

The move follows recalls of hundreds of products by Peanut Corporation of America, including all products produced at its Plainview, Texas, processing plant.

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MinuteClinic joins Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS MinuteClinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has become a participating provider in Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North network for military families.

“We believe MinuteClinic can help to increase access to care and provide cost-savings for families when it’s needed most,” stated Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president. “We look forward to working with Health Net Federal Services to extend care to TRICARE North beneficiaries through our convenient locations, which include many healthcare centers near military bases and government installations.”

TRICARE is the uninformed services healthcare program for active duty service members and their families, retired service members and their families, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families, survivors, and others who are eligible.

Nearly 1.5 million TRICARE healthcare beneficiaries now have in-network access to MinuteClinic locations in 13 states: Connecticut; Indiana; Massachusetts; Maryland; Michigan; St. Louis, Mo.-area; North Carolina; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Virginia.

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