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Tween, teen skin care brand Bellaboo expands U.S. retail distribution

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — Kinney Drugs is targeting the tween/teen consumer with the launch of natural tween/teen skin care brand, Bellaboo, in its stores.

Kinney Drugs has rolled out the complete Bellaboo range to 87 stores. Bellaboo’s launch kicks off with a Back-To-School promotion of 25% off on any Bellaboo product.

Bellaboo is an Australian all-natural skin care line now made in the USA. Bellaboo has a growing tween/teen consumer influencer position with this consumer group, which is 15 million strong and has a skin care spend, alone, of $12 billion, the beauty company stated.

"I am thrilled that Bellaboo is on shelves at one of the premier retailers in Upstate New York. Kinney dominates in this region, and our presence in its stores means that tweens/teens in that region now have ease of access to our all-natural skin care,” stated Bellaboo creator and president Snezna Kerekovic.

Kinney Drugs joins Ulta Beauty, Giant Eagle, DrugStore.com and Soap.com, as the current U.S. retail destinations for Bellaboo.
 

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H-E-B, Whataburger develop ready-to-eat french fries

BY Jason Owen

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B and Whataburger introduced today Whatafries, a french fry that is cut from real potatoes and can be heated or eaten straight out of the bag.

Whatafries were developed by the H-E-B product team in conjunction with Texas icon Whataburger as a unique product sold exclusively at H-E-B. The product will make its way to H-E-B snack aisles this week and will be available in all H-E-B, Central Market, Mi Tienda, and Joe V’s Smart Shop stores by June 24.

“H-E-B is pleased to continue our collaboration with Whataburger and to introduce new items for our customers to enjoy at home,” said Reade Ahrens, H-E-B group VP grocery procurement and merchandising. "Our goal is to continuously provide Texans with the products they love, so it only makes sense to work with Whataburger, a brand beloved by millions of Texans.”

Last month, Whataburger introduced its popular Fancy Ketchup, Spicy Ketchup and its Original Mustard condiments to H-E-B stores throughout Texas, including Central Market, Mi Tienda and Joe V’s Smart Shop.

“It has been a great partnership,” said Dino Del Nano, Whataburger VP retail. “Our customers’ reaction to the availability of our condiments in H-E-B stores has been incredible, and we anticipate the same response with the new Whatafries. Texans know to expect great products from both companies.”


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Rite Aid boosts debt offering

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is offering to buy back $810 million worth of debt while increasing the amount of a new bond sale announced Tuesday, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Rite Aid said it would buy back all of its $810 million worth of 9.5% senior notes due 2017. The company also said it would increase the $400 million offering of 6.75% senior notes due 2021 by another $410 million, for a total of $810 million, as part of a debt-refinancing plan.

Rite Aid said that proceeds from the Tuesday offering would go toward the debt buyback. The company currently has about $6 billion in debt, according to its 2013 annual report.

 

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