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Reports: Walmart to open two more Care Clinics this month

BY Rob Eder

NEW YORK — Walmart will open its second and third company-owned retail clinics under the Walmart Care Clinic banner later this month, in Texas, according to published reports.

Drug Store News broke the news, last week, that Walmart had recently opened its first company-owned clinic in Copperas Cove, Texas, and had introduced a radical new pricing model — a flat fee of $4 for Walmart employees, and $40 for regular Walmart customers. The Copperas Cove clinic will serve about 4,500 Walmart associates that work in the area.

The two new clinics will open June 27, in Benbrook and Carrollton, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report, with plans to open a dozen of the clinics this year. The clinics will be managed and staffed through a partnership with QuadMed, an operator of worksite healthcare clinics. Texas offers an ideal area for Walmart to test its new clinic model — the company has more than 155,000 associates in the state.
 

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WebMD debuts new health improvement app

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — WebMD Health Corp. on Monday announced the launch of WebMD Healthy Target, a health improvement program that gathers data from activity trackers, wireless scales and glucose meters to give consumers physician-reviewed, relevant content and tips that helps them stay on the path of a health-conscious lifestyle.

Healthy Target can interpret step, sleep, weight and blood-glucose data from multiple device manufacturers — including Entra, Fitbit, UP by Jawbone and Withings — into useful insights, the company said.

“WebMD’s Healthy Target empowers consumers to make behavioral changes that can improve their physical and mental health,” said Dr. Michael Smith, chief medical editor at WebMD. “To achieve successful, sustainable behavioral change, consumers must learn how to track and manage the factors that contribute to healthy living.”

Consumers can download Healthy Target through the App store.

 

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Snyder’s-Lance completes Baptista’s Bakery acquisition

BY David Salazar

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The acquisition of baked snack goods up-and-comer Baptista’s Bakery by Snyder’s-Lance has been finalized, the company announced Monday. First announced in May, the acquisition brings the Wisconsin-based bakery’s products and product development into the fold of one of the country’s largest snack manufacturers.

Baptista’s Bakery, which manufactures Snack Factory’s Pretzel Crisps, also deals in such baked snacks as potato crisps and fried tortilla chips.

"By combining the resources and expertise of Baptista’s with the scale of Snyder’s-Lance, we will accelerate our ability to deliver exciting, on-trend snacks and product innovation while expanding our ‘better for you’ products and gaining needed capacity for our growing Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel," Snyder’s-Lance CEO Carl E. Lee, Jr. said when the acquisition was announced.

"The combination of Baptista’s quality and product innovation teamed with the marketing, sales and distribution capabilities of Snyder’s-Lance means our best accomplishments are yet to come," Baptista’s Bakery CEO and founder Nad Gardetto said.

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