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C&S Wholesale Grocers names SVP, independent sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

KEENE, N.H. — C&S Wholesale Grocers has appointed Christopher Brown as SVP, independent sales, effective Sept. 29, underscoring its commitment to independent customers and reflecting its plans to continue to grow the independent business.

Brown has spent his career in executive leadership roles in the distribution and supply chain industry, servicing independent retailers and regional chains. Most recently he served as an executive consultant working with national distributors and regional retailers. Prior to that, he spent 11 years with Nash Finch Co., serving as EVP, procurement/merchandising and EVP, food distribution, before being named president/COO.

“Christopher is joining C&S at a time when we are putting immense focus on our independent business,” said Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and CEO. “His expertise about the unique requirements of independent retailers will be a perfect complement to the strong service we already provide to our independent, chain, and large grocer customers.”

C&S Wholesale Grocers currently supplies 5,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with more than 150,000 different products.

In a separate announcement, C&S Wholesale Grocers also announced the appointment of Alejandro Rodriguez Bas as EVP, new business and market development, effective Sept. 29.

Rodriguez was most recently CEO of Grupo LALA, the largest dairy company in Latin America, and he previously spent nearly 10 years with PepsiCo in executive leadership positions in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.
 

 

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Boehringer Ingelheim’s Spiriva Respimat approved for COPD treatment

BY Ryan Chavis

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium bromide) inhalation spray as a treatment for bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The company anticipates the spray to be available in January 2015. 
 
Spiriva Respimat provides the user with a pre-measured amount of medication in a slow-moving mist, helping patients to inhale the medicine. It was developed to deliver medication in a way that doesn't depend on how fast air is taken in from the inhaler. 
 
"Spiriva Respimat offers a new choice between a mist and dry powder inhaler for tiotropium," said Sabine Luik, M.D., SVP, medicine and regulatory affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. "Already approved in 85 countries around the world, Spiriva Respimat reflects our scientific heritage as an industry leader in discovering and developing new treatment options for the COPD community."
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Pet care at select Walgreens stores could be tip of iceberg for retail pharmacy industry

BY Antoinette Alexander

The Boston Herald has reported that Walgreens is expanding its partnership with Florida veterinary company, ShotVet, to offer pet care services, such as vaccines and micro-chipping, at select stores in Massachusetts.

People love their pets and, just as people are taking a more proactive role in their own health care, they also are taking a greater interest in the health of their furry children. This is bound to spell greater opportunities for retail pharmacies, which are already wading deeper into the prescription pet medication market.

Just look at the numbers. The American Pet Products Association reported earlier this year that pet spending is higher than ever, with an estimated $58.5 billion projected for 2014, a 4.9% growth over 2013.

The Association noted that veterinary care demonstrated significant growth in 2013, with $14.4 billion in spending, second only to food category spending. While the number of veterinary visits is down, spending on care is rising and is estimated to reach $15.3 billion in 2014, up 6.1% from 2013.

“Both food and veterinary care are strongly influenced by consumers’ growing interest in improved health care for their pets. Health- and wellness-related themes represent the most powerful trends across all segments of the industry and will continue to do so again this year,” said Bob Vetere, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, in announcing the results.

And, as any pet parent will tell you, such care typically doesn’t come cheap. By providing such services at select Walgreens locations, ShotVet is not only aiming to improve access, but also cut costs. According to the Boston Herald article, the cost is reportedly about 70% cheaper than the cost of a traditional vet clinic.

Is this something the chain drug industry could see more of? Perhaps.

According to a DSN online poll, more than half of respondents believe that pet clinics have the potential to expand as retail clinics have expanded.

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George Kindley says:
Jun-04-2015 05:51 am

It's a great article. I am really quite impressed by your research on growth rate of veterinarian services. The result reveals that the awareness among people for pet care has increased as compared to the previous years. Pets are also sensitive and seek for special care and being an owner we needed to take special care of them. A veterinarian check-up is mandatory for the safety of pets. We need to vaccinate them and also need to consult the vet in regular intervals.

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