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Rolling Strong selects Kroger as healthcare partner for its truckers

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Rolling Strong, a health-and-wellness coordinator for professional drivers, named Kroger a preferred provider for wellness solutions for its trucking clients and drivers.

"We understand the importance of working with trusted wellness providers like Kroger to provide drivers and their families with our up-to-date health information, nutritional recommendations and wellness services," Rolling Strong chief medical officer Royce Brough said. "Our goal is two-fold, to educate drivers on the benefits of wellness and at the same time help their families get healthier by providing an overall healthier home for the drivers to return to after being on the road. Wellness maintenance is only achieved for the driver when the family is also along for the ride."

As part of the program, Kroger pharmacists will be providing on-site biometric readings for drivers at Rolling Strong’s trucking clients and also on the road throughout their truck-friendly Kroger stores.

Rolling Strong and Kroger also are working together to embrace professional drivers and their families by creating wellness educational materials designed specifically to help them stay healthy where they live — on the road. Drivers and their families will be able to take advantage of healthy, value-added coupons and grocery lists to enhance their shopping experience when they are enrolled in the Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tool Bag program.

"Kroger pharmacies are committed to giving drivers and their families the tools they need to support a healthy lifestyle," Kroger VP pharmacy Lincoln Lutz said. "We are excited to partner with Rolling Strong to support the men and women who transport food and products to Kroger stores and the communities we serve across the nation."

For more information on the Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tool Bag program, click here.


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Paas rolls out new Easter egg decorating kits

BY Allison Cerra

OCALA, Fla. — Paas has unveiled new egg decorating kits just in time for the celebration of Easter.

The eight new decorating kits include the 3D Eggsplosion, Go Wild, Rockin’ Designs, Egg Tats, Retro Splatter, Eggstra-Terrestrials, Chrome Eggshaust and Deggorating Doodles items. The new kits are available this month at major grocery, drug and mass merchandise stores, for a suggested retail price range of $2.99 to $5.99.

"Each spring Americans decorate as many as 180 million eggs," Paas brand manager Laura Woodward said. "At Paas, we’re committed to keeping the egg-decorating tradition fun, by creating original kits each year that families can use to design their very own masterpieces."

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ABC acquires World Courier Group, a biopharmaceutical logistics company

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — AmerisourceBergen on Tuesday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase World Courier Group, a privately held global specialty transportation and logistics provider for the biopharmaceutical industry, for $520 million in cash.

“The acquisition of World Courier adds a new premium specialty service to our existing portfolio of market-leading pharmaceutical manufacturer services,” stated Steven Collis, ABC president and CEO. “The addition of World Courier’s unique capabilities and expertise to our existing commercialization services further strengthens our offerings to global pharmaceutical manufacturers, and provides an established platform for the introduction of our specialty services outside North America.”

World Courier will become a new operating segment within AmerisourceBergen. World Courier’s president Wayne Heyland will continue on in this position, reporting directly to Collis.

World Courier’s annual revenues are expected to be approximately $500 million in 2012.

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