Allegations surface about Giant Eagle’s winning LeNature bid
PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle’s winning bid of $20 million for bankrupt LeNature’s bottling plant was called into question Wednesday with both the Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporting that Giant Eagle may have allegedly coerced Cadbury-Schweppes into not filing a higher bid.
Accordingly, the purchase is on hold while trustee Todd Nielson investigates those allegations. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 30 to discuss the allegations.
“We consider this to be a serious incident,” Neilson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for Wednesday’s editions. “I”m not saying anything illegal, unethical, or improper occurred at this time.”
Giant Eagle has declined to comment, except to say that they are cooperating with the investigation.
Setzfand appointed Levlad/Nature’s Gate director of marketing
LOS ANGELES Levlad/Nature’s Gate, a manufacturer of natural, organic and personal care products, has appointed Laura Setzfand as director of marketing.
Most recently, Setzfand served as director of marketing for the Hain Celestial Group’s personal care brands, including Jason Natural Products, Zia Natural Skincare and Queen Helene. At Hain, she spearheaded a range of initiatives, including the creation of new items, the relaunch of a number of existing SKUs and a brand revitalization program.
Prior to Hain Celestial, she was director of international and trade marketing for TIgi Linea, marketer of the Bed Head brand. Before that, she was a product manager for Biolage, a brand within the Matrix Essentials division of Bristol Myers Squibb.
Kerr Drug launches Web site aimed at addressing diabetes in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina-based Kerr Drug is taking new measures to address the growing number of diabetes cases in the state by launching www.fightdiabetesnc.com.
Currently, diabetes ranks fifth in the state for the leading cause of mortality. Patients with diabetes and the general public can access the state’s first and only free online diabetes forum to communicate their problems, seek assistance and help others.
“Nationally, North Carolina is a top priority in the fight against diabetes,” says Ron DeVizia, manager of diabetes services at Kerr Drug and clinical assistant professor at University of North Carolina’s School of Pharmacy. “This disease is reaching epidemic levels and more information about diabetes needs to be available so the community can become better educated about this serious disease.”
The prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina is higher than the national median, with incidences having grown from 4.7 percent in 1994 to 8.3 percent ten years later. North Carolina currently ranks fifth among states with the highest rates of incidence.
The web site launch is part of Kerr’s ongoing campaign centered on chronic disease awareness and prevention called, Don’t Gamble With Your Health. The Web site offers useful information on products, clinical information, relevant local news and events and even information for employers.
Kerr hopes that the site fosters a sense of community and purpose directed specifically to North Carolina. Users can seek advice in the diabetes forum from an expert in diabetes or join in open discussion to anyone who wants to contribute.
“Prevention is only half the battle in the fight against diabetes,” says DeVizia, who was a recipient of the American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s 2006 Incentive Grants for diabetes. “This website will help patients with diabetes receive additional education and information on important topics about the disease.”