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Zone 8 Beverages sets sights on millennial consumers

BY David Salazar

Chicago — A new beverage company, Zone 8, has launched its line of juices and teas with the promise that they contain “no artificial anything.” Zone 8’s goal is to reach younger demographics.

“The current beverage market lacks brands addressing cultural relevance that appeal to customers in an authentic way,” Zone 8 president and co-founder Tim Megenbeier said. “We see this as an opportunity to engage with consumers and provide a connection for them as individuals and as a diverse group.”

Zone 8’s products — which include a red rooibos and pomegranate tea, Agua de Jamaica hibiscus tea and a half-lemonade, half-tea beverage — are mostly sweetened with organic cane sugar and contain at most 88 calories per serving.

“We find ourselves amidst emerging trends and a growing retail concern of shifts in consumer demand,” Megenbier said. “We will redefine what natural means with real ingredients without the cloak of ‘all natural’ flavor.”

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PepsiCo, Feed the Children partner to feed Hartford families

BY David Salazar

Hartford, Connecticut — Feed the Children and PepsiCo handed out 25-lb. boxes of food to 800 families at an event on Thursday. The Hartford event is one of several that the charity has planned this summer.

“We believe in a world where no child goes to bed hungry — a world in which kids can be kids and grow up wide-eyed, curious, playful, eager to learn, strong, joyful and full of dreams,” Feed the Children president and CEO Kevin Hagan said. "PepsiCo, its employees and our friends at PriceRite are not just providing food and essentials today."

Families who received food from the organizations — which included produce, staples, and Frito-Lay snacks and Avon products — were selected by Hartford organization Community Renewal Team.  Aunt Jemima, Quaker and Aquafina also furnished goods for the food event. 

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Q&A: Cardinal Health’s Steve Lawrence on independent community pharmacy trends

BY Michael Johnsen

In the weeks leading up to Cardinal’s Retail Business Conference in Washington, D.C., from July 23 to 26, DSN talked with Steve Lawrence, Cardinal Health SVP Independent Sales, about independent pharmacy trends and how those trends are creating a bright future for the independent pharmacy community.

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