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Boomers are natural organic care customers

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK —The aging baby boomers and changing retail dynamics are largely behind the growth that the natural and organic personal care segment likely will continue to enjoy in the years ahead.

According to the “Natural and Organic Personal Care Products in the U.S.” report from market research publisher Packaged Facts, the segment is expected to reach sales of nearly $10.2 billion by 2012.

Between 2002 and 2006, the segment grew more than $2 billion to $6.1 billion. Helping to drive that growth are sales from baby boomers who are trying to reduce wrinkles, save hair, maintain oral health and use makeup with cosmeceutical benefits—and the growing retail dynamics. At retail, including the mass market, there is now a stronger natural/organic products infrastructure and the industry is increasingly seeing a crossover into the mass and prestige markets.

Packaged Facts stated that it expects these factors to continue to drive growth between 2006 and 2012, along with concern over environmental crises, the sustainability of resources, “fair trade” practices and consumer fear of potentially cancer-causing chemicals.

“The natural HBC market stands to profit from its danger-free stance, provided that product efficacy is improved, consumers are educated as to the benefits of natural/organic preparations and the products’ unique selling propositions are maintained, even as mainstream distribution expands,” the report stated.

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Kroger appoints Going as Michigan division president

BY Adam Kraemer

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced Wednesday that it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Michigan division.

Kroger currently operates 138 stores in the state; Going will oversee operations in them, effective immediately.

During his 26-year tenure with Kroger, Going has held a number of district- and division-level leadership positions at the store and has served as vice president of Retail Operations and vice president of Merchandising for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

“Rick brings extensive experience in operations and merchandising to this new role,” said Don McGeorge, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to his leadership as he works with our associates to build on Kroger’s growth in Michigan by focusing on our customers to create even better shopping experiences for them.”

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NACDS responds to “misleading” New York Times article

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has fired back at The New York Times after the publication ran an article in its Sept. 18 issue titled, “The ‘Poisonous Cocktail’ of Multiple Drugs.”

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

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