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PepsiCo, Feed the Children partner to feed Hartford families

BY David Salazar

Hartford, Connecticut — Feed the Children and PepsiCo handed out 25-lb. boxes of food to 800 families at an event on Thursday. The Hartford event is one of several that the charity has planned this summer.

“We believe in a world where no child goes to bed hungry — a world in which kids can be kids and grow up wide-eyed, curious, playful, eager to learn, strong, joyful and full of dreams,” Feed the Children president and CEO Kevin Hagan said. "PepsiCo, its employees and our friends at PriceRite are not just providing food and essentials today."

Families who received food from the organizations — which included produce, staples, and Frito-Lay snacks and Avon products — were selected by Hartford organization Community Renewal Team.  Aunt Jemima, Quaker and Aquafina also furnished goods for the food event. 

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Q&A: Cardinal Health’s Steve Lawrence on independent community pharmacy trends

BY Michael Johnsen

In the weeks leading up to Cardinal’s Retail Business Conference in Washington, D.C., from July 23 to 26, DSN talked with Steve Lawrence, Cardinal Health SVP Independent Sales, about independent pharmacy trends and how those trends are creating a bright future for the independent pharmacy community.

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LEAF Brands expands variety of Astro Pop sodas

BY Raven Romero

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — LEAF Brands announced new Zero Calorie versions of their popular Astro Pop sodas, which were introduced in 2011. The line of sodas, made with real cane sugar and featured in glass bottles, quickly sold out when they first debuted.

Following the success of their cane sugar-sweetened version of its sodas, LEAF has launched three additional varieties: Zero Calorie Pineapple,  Zero Calorie Passion Fruit and Zero Calorie Cherry in response to a growing demand for naturally sweetened, zero-calorie products in the beverage category.

The Astro Pop Zero Calorie sodas are made with LEAF Brand's proprietary, all-natural, sugar-free blend called Ultrasweet.

''We created Ultrasweet since there wasn't a natural sugar substitute on the market which didn't leave a strange taste in one's mouth,'' LEAF CEO Ellia Kassoff said. ''We also wanted to create a sweetener which is 100% naturally derived without the GMO's found in other natural sweeteners.''

The sodas are sold in Rocket Fizz and other specialty stores nationwide, with later availability in larger retailers by year-end. Astro Pop sodas are currently sold in 12-oz. glass bottles with a suggested retail price of $1.69.
 

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