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Supervalu launches shingle vaccine initiative

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu is offering shingles vaccinations at more than 800 of its in-store pharmacies within the company’s nationwide family of grocery stores.

The cost of the shingles vaccination will vary based on the individual’s insurance coverage. However, all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans cover the shingles vaccine administered in Supervalu’s in-store pharmacies. The patients will incur a co-pay that will vary by plan, Supervalu said.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1-in-3 Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, many of whom are ages 60 years and older. Shingles is a nerve root infection that may cause chronic pain and possibly cause other health issues.

“Shingles can be a debilitating condition for many adults with the risk increasing as they get older,” said Anthony Provenzano, Supervalu pharmacy director of clinical programs. “By getting the shingles vaccine from one of our specially trained and certified immunizing pharmacists, adults can reduce their chances of developing shingles or lessen the severity of pain and complications resulting from the illness.”

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Ideavillage Products to market, distribute Criss Angel magic kit

BY Allison Cerra

WAYNE, N.J. Famed illusionist and star of A&E’s “MindFreak” Criss Angel has partnered with Ideavillage Products to market and distribute his Platinum MindFreak magic kit.

The new magic line is geared toward people of all ages. The kit consists of more than 250 MindFreak tricks, including an instruction manual and DVD, as well as 6 individual MindFreak tricks with instructions. The kit is slated hit retail shelves next month.

“Criss Angel is a world class performing artist. It’s what he does best. TV is all about magic demonstrations which make it the perfect venue for introducing Criss’ new kit,” said Anand Khubani, Ideavillage Products CEO and founder. “Ideavillage is a leading marketer, product manufacturer, and distributor. The partnership just made sense because it allows both our organizations to use our talent and channel our energies in the right direction.”

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Report: Bi-Lo goes up for sale

BY Allison Cerra

MAULDIN, S.C. Just a few months after completing its financial restructuring, Bi-Lo reportedly is for sale, according to published reports.

Reuters reported that the chain, which operates 207 stores across four states and is owned by Lone Star Funds, is being pursued by Kroger and Publix. Recently, Bi-Lo launched a health-and-wellness initiative called Thrive, which is designed to educate shoppers on healthy living alternatives. Bi-Lo also revealed itself as a “stronger, better” supermarket chain late last month at the grand reopening of its Greer, S.C., location.

“This redesigned store represents all the great things Bi-Lo is doing to provide customers tremendous savings without having to sacrifice the quality and service they desire,” Michael Byars, president and CEO of Bi-Lo, recently said. “We are proud of our teammates’ hard work on this collective effort and we look forward to exceeding the expectations of our customers.”

Lone Star declined to comment to the press regarding this matter.

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