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Whole Foods Market to feature hemp products in celebration of Hemp History Week

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUSTIN, Texas  — Whole Foods Market is celebrating Hemp History Week, which is a nationwide education campaign that runs from June 3 to 9 to raise awareness about the benefits of hemp products, by spotlighting more than 300 hemp products, including body care products.  
 


Hemp is an environmentally sustainable ingredient used to make a wide variety of foods, paper, clothing, body care products, building materials and fuel, the retailer stated. The crop originated in Central Asia thousands of years ago and was brought to North America in the 1600s, where Canada now acts as the main supplier to the United States market. Hemp functions as a nutritional powerhouse and is loaded with digestible protein, dietary fiber and vitamin E.
 


“It is encouraging to witness the growing demand for hemp products,” stated Errol Schweizer, global grocery coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “We have seen a tremendous increase in products made with this nutritious, wholesome ingredient over the last five years. We are committed to offering our shoppers a wide array of the highest quality hemp products in our grocery and body care departments.” 
 


Whole Foods Market offers a variety of hemp products, including an assortment of personal care products such as lotions, makeup and shampoos. Products will be prominently featured throughout the store with special displays during Hemp History Week.
 


According to federal trade statistics, the importation of hemp has more than quadrupled from 2000 to 2011. The Hemp Industries Association estimates that the total retail value of hemp products in 2011 was $452 million, the retailer stated.
 
Currently, all hemp products in the United States use imported raw materials since it is not cultivated in the United States. However, several states are now working on legislation to allow it to be grown.

“With the popularity of hemp products on the rise paired with the demand for locally grown and produced goods, we’d foresee a very viable market for products made from domestic hemp,” added Schweizer. 
 

 

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McKesson to host 2013 ideaShare conference in Las Vegas

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson Corporation will host community pharmacy owners and pharmacists at the McKesson ideaShare 2013 Conference, June 26-30, at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, the wholesaler announced Wednesday. 

“For more than 30 years, we’ve seen tremendous energy and exchange of ideas at McKesson ideaShare, reinforcing the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of community pharmacy,” stated Mark Walchirk, president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “McKesson ideaShare is truly an opportunity for community pharmacies to learn from — and inspire — one another to implement new ideas for long-term success.”

As McKesson’s annual community pharmacy trade show and conference, McKesson ideaShare is an education and networking event for independent retail pharmacies. This year’s event will provide a forum for attendees to share best practices and learn about solutions that address core aspects of running a better pharmacy business, achieving better results for patients and creating a better future for the pharmacy profession, the company stated.

Attendees will benefit from a variety of educational and networking opportunities, including:

  • Opening General Session with futurist David Houle. Best-selling author and futurist, David Houle will address “The New Health Age and Emerging Pharmacy Trends,” discussing the upcoming changes to the healthcare system and the emerging opportunities for community pharmacy to elevate its role and impact on patient health. McKesson executives will share highlights on how McKesson is helping customers achieve better pharmacy health and announce McKesson’s Pharmacy of the Year winners;
  • Public Policy Forum. McKesson’s SVP public affairs Ann Richardson Berkey will provide an overview of the federal and state policy landscape, including issues specifically relevant to community pharmacy. Plus, this year’s guest speaker Jon Kingsdale was one of the consultants on healthcare legislation including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He will provide insights into the future of health care and what it will mean for pharmacies and their patients;
  • Health Mart Annual Meeting. Health Mart, which has more than 3,000 members, will host its Annual Meeting and facilitate discussion and planning groups at the event. The Health Mart leadership team will showcase retailing principles that have made Health Mart a compelling success story in retail pharmacy and ranked highest in customer satisfaction in J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Pharmacy Study for the third time in four years;
  • Ownership Transfer Luncheon. For the sixth year, McKesson’s RxOwnership team will host this annual luncheon where attendees will analyze two case studies in small groups, share their thoughts and learn the real-life outcome for each case study and how it can be applied today;
  • Seminars and Continuing Education courses. Dozens of expert-led seminars and CE courses will be available. Topics will include how sponsored clinical services fit into pharmacy workflow; how to improve patient care and deliver new revenues; a breakdown of the next-generation in front-end performance; new drug therapies; local marketing programs; financial management; and succession planning; and
  • Trade Show. The McKesson ideaShare will feature a trade show floor with more than 200 exhibitors who will display the latest products and services, including pharmacy-automation and pharmacy-management technologies. 

Online registration is available at www.McKessonideaShare.com.


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L’Oreal Paris announces start of annual Women of Worth awards

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — L’Oreal Paris is once again celebrating those women who are making extraordinary differences in the communities each day through its eighth annual Women of Worth program.

The program has honored 70 inspiring women for their selfless dedication to volunteerism and charitable efforts. This year, L’Oreal Paris is partnering with brand spokesperson Lea Michele to help select 10 inspiring women to join the 2013 Women of Worth roster.

More than 40 years ago, L’Oreal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy "Because I’m Worth It" was launched to celebrate a woman’s worth and self-esteem. This signature phrase came to life eight years ago in a new way when L’Oreal Paris established Women Of Worth — a program that honors everyday women who are passionate about making an extraordinary difference in their communities. The program seeks nominees who embody this philosophy through their commitment to a variety of social causes.

"The iconic ‘Because I’m Worth It’ tagline was written by a fearless, passionate woman with a creative, independent vision," stated L’Oreal Paris president Karen Fondu. "Our past Women Of Worth honorees also share a unique vision for improving lives and communities across the country. I am excited to once again identify and honor ten exceptional women and be inspired by their stories."

Since 2006, the Women Of Worth program has honored and celebrated 70 inspiring women. Past honorees have been involved in a diverse array of causes. They have advocated for victims of childhood abuse, mentored homeless youth to help break the cycle of poverty and empowered teens with disabilities. These Women Of Worth have selflessly devoted themselves to causes at the local and national level, and have motivated others to get involved.

Following their Women Of Worth recognition, past honorees have gone on to receive additional accolades including the Significant Awareness Presidential Service Medal, the National Integris Community Hero award and the Top Ten CNN Hero award. In addition, awareness of honorees’ charities has increased resulting in organizational growth of up to 1,000%, and additional support through volunteerism and donations. In the coming weeks, L’Oreal Paris will profile some of these past honorees to inspire and share what it means to be a Woman Of Worth.

The Women Of Worth nomination period is now open and runs through June 14. New this year, nominations will be organized into five groups by decades, recognizing women across a wide range of ages: 18 to 29 year olds, 30 to 39 year olds, 40 to 49 year olds, 50 to 59 year olds, and 60 and older. Two winners will be chosen from each age group.

Ten honorees will be selected by a private panel of judges, with each woman receiving $10,000 for her charitable cause. The public will then be invited to vote online for the woman they find most inspiring. This woman will be named the 2013 National Honoree and will receive an additional $25,000 for her charity. All 10 honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by L’Oreal Paris in New York City this December.


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