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Balance Bar bares it all

BY Ryan Chavis

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Balance Bar, a maker of nutrition energy bars, launched its new Balance bare line. The bars — available in Mixed Berry Nut, Sea Salt Caramel Nut and Sweet and Spicy Nut — are made with whole nuts, fruits, seeds and other nutritious ingredients. The company is billing its new bars as the ideal health-conscious addition to an afternoon snack break. 
 
“More than half of Americans (53%) are snacking two or three times a day. One in every five eating occasions in the United States is a snack,” said Katia Facchetti, CMO, Balance Bar. “We want to make sure we’re offering plenty of smart snacking options with great taste and balanced nutrition. Balance bare is a great choice for a smart snack consumers can feel good about.”
 
Balance bare products are available for a manufacturers suggested retail price of $1.69. 
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Walgreens doubles number of preferred network relationships with Medicare Part D plans for 2015

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — With Medicare’s Annual Election Period set to begin Oct. 15, Walgreens on Tuesday announced it has more than doubled its preferred network relationships with national Medicare Part D plan sponsors for 2015 and will be a part of preferred networks for nine plan sponsors. The networks are designed to offer greater access to pharmacy services and cost savings opportunities.
 
“The Medicare population is growing rapidly, and by working closely with plan sponsors as a part of preferred pharmacy networks, we’re uniquely positioned to help meet the prescription drug needs of America’s seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “With a higher prevalence of chronic disease in the United States, along with the aging population, our pharmacists are playing an important role in health care, providing personalized care to help customers get, stay and live well.”
 
Walgreens will have preferred network relationships with six new Medicare Part D plan sponsors and PBMs who support them for 2015, including Express Scripts, which features Walgreens as the only national pharmacy chain in two of its prescription drug plans.
 
Other new preferred network relationships for 2015 include:
 
  • Cigna-HealthSpring;
  • EnvisionRx Plus;
  • Prime Therapeutics;
  • Providence Health Plan;
  • SilverScript; and
  • Renewed Preferred Networks
Walgreens will continue to be a part of preferred pharmacy networks with three national Medicare Part D plan sponsors, including Humana, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare. 
 
Walgreens is in the networks of hundreds of other Medicare prescription drug plans for 2015, in addition to participating in these preferred pharmacy networks. Walgreens offers free, personalized plan comparison reports online and at every location to help beneficiaries evaluate the plans that may best meet their prescription drug needs. 
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Chobani combats sad breakfast experiences with new product

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW YORK — Stale muffins, soggy cereals and singed toast — the trappings of a sad breakfast experience. But it doesn't have to be. Greek yogurt brand Chobani is taking a stand with mission #StopSadBreakfast, which will be supported with the launch of new Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats. The product contains 10 g of protein, 8 g of whole grain and 3 g of fiber from steel-cut oats and real fruit. 
 
Reality television star Lauren "Lo" Bosworth will help kick off the brand's #StopSadBreakfast mission at a pop-up shop in New York City's Grand Central terminal. Commuters can stop by for free Chobani Oats beginning today, Oct. 7 through Thursday, Oct. 9. Chobani also is treating sad breakfast consumers near Bryant Park. 
 
"If there's one thing I've learned as a new business owner and chef, it's how important it is to start your day off with the right fuel! That's why I'm thrilled to join Chobani on their mission to stop sad breakfast and offer a better way to start mornings. As a chef, I am passionate about sharing good food made from only natural ingredients. I've been using Chobani to cook with for years and now with Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats, I can start my days off with a delicious cup to keep me going all morning long," Bosworth said.
 
Chobani Oats is available in four flavors — Apple Cinnamon, Banana Maple, Blueberry and Cranberry — and can be found in grocery stores and mass merchants across the country, including Walmart, Target, Kroger and Safeway, among many others. 
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