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Supplier NewsAriZona Beverages has added All City NRG to its line of green tea-based energy drinks by combining green tea with the antioxidant powers of pomegranate.

All City NRG is a non-carbonated beverage with a balanced blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs that contains no preservatives, no artificial colors and no artificial flavors. Packaged in 16-ounce cans featuring three separate designs, All City NRG retails for a suggested $1.99 to $2.49.

Kellogg unveiled its Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries with One Serving of Whole Grain. Available in two flavors, strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon, each serving of the whole-grain Pop-Tarts is fortified with six vitamins and minerals and contains 16 grams of whole grains, one-third of the recommended 48 grams daily. Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries with One Serving of Whole Grain are available for a suggested retail price of $1.99 per box.

Anheuser-Busch introduced Bare Knuckle Stout, just in time to toast St. Patrick’s Day.

This American-made Irish-style dry stout, which contains 4.2 percent alcohol by volume, is brewed with pale and caramel-roasted barley malts, resulting in a caramel and hops aroma, robust taste and a distinctive creamy head. Though perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, Bare Knuckle Stout also is enjoyable year-round and with casual and fine dining. Available nationwide, Bare Knuckle Stout is sold in half and one-sixth draught barrel kegs.

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Report says Tesco looking at expansion in Chicago

BY Doug Desjardins

CHICAGO Tesco is looking to roll out Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in the Chicago area, according to a report in the Chicago Sun Times.

The newspaper attributed the report to a “knowledgeable source” and said Tesco could offer the Chicago area something “unique because of its strong offering of prepared foods, packaged perishables and selection of produce, meat and bakery.”

Tesco has not commented on the report and has said it plans to expand on the West Coast in 2008, opening stores in California, Nevada and Arizona. The chain opened its first store in December and plans to have up to 50 Fresh & Stores open by the end of February.

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Lubin promoted to Walgreens vp and new second position

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DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens today promoted Steven Lubin to divisional vice president and the new position of general manager of marketing for non-mainland operations. In his new role, Lubin will ensure the company’s marketing meets the needs of customers in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

As general manager of marketing for Puerto Rico, Lubin spent the past three years living on the island. He is relocating back to the company’s Deerfield, Ill., headquarters for his new duties.

“Steve was a huge asset in Puerto Rico as we worked to better meet the unique needs of our island customers,” said Walgreens chairman and chief executive officer Jeffrey Rein. “He also was invaluable as we opened our first Hawaii store last year, quickly grasping what Hawaiian customers want in a drug store and working with a Walgreens team to buy from many local vendors. Steve’s a big part of our early, strong success in Honolulu.”

Lubin joined the company in 1970 as a stock clerk in Chicago while attending college. He managed several Chicago-area stores before moving into Walgreens’ purchasing department in 1980. He was promoted to a divisional merchandise manager in 1988 and to general manager of marketing for Puerto Rico in 2004. 

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