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‘Soup for Walmart’: Original Soupman hits shelves in nearly 500 stores

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — Soupman Inc., the parent company of soup brand The Original SoupMan, is proud to announce that for the first time they can say, "Soup for Walmart." As of August 2013, consumers will be able to enjoy what the company calls "the soup that made ‘Seinfeld’ famous" at nearly 500 Walmart stores. Consumers can go to originalsoupman.com to find a store near them.

The brand’s soups, which are already sold in more than 4,000 supermarkets nationwide, include the classic soups that made the company famous: lobster bisque, chicken noodle, lentil, and tomato bisque. The soups are sold in innovative tetra pak cartons — a packaging technology that locks in flavor and freshness, along with Campbell’s and Progresso in the soup aisle.

These four soups that will be available in Walmart stores — like all the recipes — are the creations of Al Yeganeh, the brand’s culinary inspiration and conscience.

"Our renowned soups are transforming the aisle in supermarkets," said Lloyd Sugarman, CEO of the Original SoupMan. "Today’s consumers are hungry for variety, freshness and new taste profiles. We believe the Original SoupMan tetra pak carton soups meet and exceed each of those demands. I can’t say it any better than they did on ‘Seinfeld’: ‘You can’t eat this soup standing up. Your knees will buckle.’"

With the Original SoupMan, consumers enjoy taste and a nutritionally smart, low-calorie meal, the company stated. The chicken noodle is only 120 calories per 8.5-oz. serving and the lentil is only 170 calories per 8.5-oz. serving. Lentils, garlic and olive oil are considered by many to be "super foods" with a range of health benefits.

In addition to select Walmart stores, the Original SoupMan can also be found in the soup aisle of a growing array of supermarkets nationwide, including A&P, Associated Food Stores, Carr’s, Dominick’s, Fairway, Food Basics, Food Emporium, H-E-B Supermarkets, Pathmark, Pavilions, Price Chopper, Randall’s, Safeway, Super Fresh, The Fresh Market, Tom Thumb, Vons, Waldbaum’s, Weiss, and Woodman’s.


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Accardi Clinical Pharmacy named 2013 Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year

BY Michael Johnsen

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — Accardi Clinical Pharmacy, an independent community pharmacy in Orange City, Fla., is this year’s recipient of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year award, AmerisourceBergen announced Monday. Accardi was honored for delivering exceptional patient care and being a leader in its local community, as well as executing innovative marketing and branding practices and successful business operations that help deliver a better bottom line. 

“Accardi Clinical Pharmacy is a stand-out example of an independent community pharmacy that is not only surviving but thriving in today’s changing healthcare landscape through innovation and diversification,” stated A.J. Caffentzis, SVP sales and marketing, AmerisourceBergen. “Owner Roger Accardi … is a true patient champion who believes the pharmacy should be centered around the patient and not the prescription. The entire team at Accardi Clinical Pharmacy should be especially proud that, not only were they recognized for their efforts by AmerisourceBergen, they were also selected by their independent community pharmacy and industry peers.”

With its living room-like waiting area, extensive reading library, readily available staff nurses and patient counseling rooms, Accardi Clinical Pharmacy appears to be more of a physician’s office than a typical pharmacy. Owner Accardi goes by the mantra, “What can I do to improve the quality of life of my patients?” 

"Roger has one speed," noted patient Adella Latus, who was interviewed as part of a video celebrating Accardi Clinical Pharmacy. "That is delightful, informed, caring and light-hearted."

Taking a consultative approach, Accardi works with his patients to review their pharmacy regimen to maximize the effectiveness of their medication, potentially reduce the number of prescriptions they need and counsel them on managing their health. With this holistic, wellness-based approach, Accardi is helping to change the face of patient care by implementing clinical protocols in a pharmacy setting and identifying additional areas to expand his pharmacy practice, AmerisourceBergen noted. 

 The additional three finalists for this year’s award included Bryan’s Family Pharmacy in Lebanon, Ohio; Newhard Pharmacy in Northampton, Pa.; and Ordway Drug Store in Monterey, Calif.

The nominees are evaluated based on patient care impact, regional leadership, service innovation and successfully navigating the challenges and opportunities facing community pharmacy. 

This year’s GNP Pharmacy of the Year was determined by GNP peers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and AmerisourceBergen associates via text messaging voting during the general session of AmerisourceBergen’s ThoughtSpot 2013 tradeshow in Las Vegas last month.

 

 

 

 

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Report: CVS/pharmacy looks to re-enter Toledo market

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is reportedly planning to re-enter the metro Toledo, Ohio, market by snapping up parcels of property, according to a local news report.

The Blade is reporting that the pharmacy retailer bought land on Monroe Street near Douglas Road, where it plans to open its first drug store since exiting the market in 2001.

Citing Lucas County real estate records, the newspaper reports that the company bought eight parcels of property totaling 1.5 acres. The total price for the property was $2.2 million.
 

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