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Suddenly Salad adds grain to the mix

BY Ryan Chavis

MINNEAPOLIS — Suddenly Salad, a brand from the General Mills portfolio, announced that it would be expanding its pasta salads to include grain salads. The new grain salad mixes blend such grains as brown rice, wild rice, wheat berries and quinoa, and combines them with herbs and spices. Dried fruit, vegetables and/or nut mix-ins as well as flavored dressing packets are included.

"A grain salad that you can eat cold is a novel concept," said Jeremiah Palmer, marketing manager of side dishes. "We know Americans love pasta salad, and they are trying to get more whole grains into their diet. This product is the perfect blend of these two desires, and we're ecstatic to introduce it into the market in this 'all in one' convenient format."
The salads are available in three varieties:

  • Harvest Grains, which includes brown, wild and red rice, quinoa, cranberries and almonds with blush wine vinaigrette;
  • Tuscan grains, which includes brown rice, wheat berries, quinoa, almonds and red peppers with tomato parmesan herb dressings; and
  • Southwest grains, which has brown rice, quinoa, black beans, corn and red peppers with chipotle vinaigrette.

Suddenly Grain salad mixes are available at major grocery stores with a suggested retail price of $2.69 per package.
 

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NACDS goes live with revamped online membership directory

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores went live with a redesigned online membership directory that puts more than 22,000 NACDS retailer and supplier member contacts into members’ hands.

“The newly redesigned membership directory brings together two key aspects of what NACDS does so well — bringing together people within the industry and using technology to create the most user-friendly experience possible,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.



Like the other features of NACDS.org, NACDS created the directory using responsive web design, which means that members can use the resource in a format that adjusts automatically for smart phones, tablets and computers.


After clicking on the “Chain Members” or “Associate Members” buttons within the directory, users can access information, including individual contact information, explanations of parent- and subsidiary-company relationships, and chains’ store- and pharmacy-counts and the states in which they operate. 

Authorized member company representatives can update company information through NACDS.org. NACDS has developed a guide to assist members in updating company information that appears in the directory.


“The timing of this relaunch is ideal, with the 2014 NACDS Total Store Expo nearing so quickly. The new and improved membership directory presents a taste of the value that NACDS delivers throughout the year,” Anderson said.
The NACDS Total Store Expo will be held August 23 to 26 in Boston.  
 

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Giant Eagle adds blood-pressure medicines to its list of free prescriptions dispensed to patients

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle last week added prescription blood-pressure medications lisinopril and lisinopril HCTZ to the list of several antibiotics that the chain provides for free to its patients, according to a report in the Columbus Dispatch
 
According to the report, Giant Eagle will cover a 90-day supply of the blood-pressure prescriptions. 
 
In addition, Giant Eagle launched a new pharmacy app that will allow customers to refill prescriptions from their smartphones and receive alerts when their prescriptions are ready for pick up.
 

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