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Bartell’s introduces ‘next generation’ store concept

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs has unveiled its latest store concept, the chain said Friday.

Bartell’s, the country’s oldest drug chain, announced the opening of what the company called its "next generation" store format, a remodel of an existing store in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. The company developed the new concept in conjunction with Hartmann Group, a consumer consulting firm based in Bellevue, Wash.

"We’re excited and proud to introduce this new look at Roosevelt Square," Bartell chairman and CEO George Bartell said. "It’s an entirely new floor plan designed to enhance the total shopping experience. We’ll be monitoring it closely in our ongoing effort to better serve our customers."

The store rearranges the traditional drug store format and includes a "Fresh Beauty" cosmetics section with natural and organic product lines; an "Urban Market" section that highlights unique and locally produced products; a "Wellness Courtyard" with vitamins, supplements and healthy beverages; and a "Sweets & Snacks" area with new displays and lighting.

"Bartell’s engages its customers at the neighborhood level and offers a variety of locally produced products that national chains can’t match," creative director of Hartmann Group’s InVerse retail design division Mark Jacobson said. "This concept is a result of our close collaboration with Bartell’s and reflects their core values, including a dedication to customer service while offering a large selection of products."

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Noah’s Sparkling Spring Water adds new flavors, updates packaging

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Noah’s Sparkling Spring Water has debuted new flavors and packaging for its beverages.

The company said in addition to its original flavor, the sparkling spring water now is available in lime, blueberry pomegranate and peach mango. What’s more, the drinks also will make their debut in 12-oz. Rexam Sleek cans. Previously, Noah’s Sparkling Spring Water only was packaged in glass bottles.

Noah’s Sparkling Spring Waters are currently available at select retail locations in California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah with plans to drive expansion across the country.

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Inventure Foods to offer Nathan’s Famous snacks

BY Allison Cerra

PHOENIX — Inventure Foods has teamed up with Nathan’s Famous to offer ready-to-eat snacks that will be available at retailers this fall.

Inventure Foods said that its lineup will include Nathan’s crunchy crinkle fries, which will be available in cheddar cheese, chili cheese and honey mustard flavors and packaged in 2- to 3.5-oz. bags for a suggested retail price to $1.99 to $2.19. Additionally, Nathan’s crinkle cut potato chips will be available in a single-serve, 1.25-oz. size that will retail from $.99 to $1.29.

"The common denominator within all of our successful snack foods is creating great tasting products that connect with the brand," Inventure Foods Steve Sklar, SVP marketing said. "The Nathan’s Famous menu offers a wide variety of diverse, inspired flavors that will allow us to develop unique snack chips that stand out from the typical ‘sour-cream-and-onion’ crowd."

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