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Delhaize Group sees ‘strong’ comp growth in U.S. during Q2

BY Antoinette Alexander

BELGIUM — Delhaize Group announced on Thursday that U.S. same-store sales for the second quarter increased 3.3%.

In the U.S., revenue growth in local currency was 4.7%, including a 0.8% positive calendar impact.

“Our operating performance in the second quarter was in line with our expectations. In the U.S., comparable store sales growth remained strong, driven by momentum at Food Lion and Hannaford. Our U.S. underlying operating profit began to stabilize as we started to cycle last year’s price investments,” stated Frans Muller, president and CEO of Delhaize Group.

For the Delhaize Group, revenues increased by 0.5% and 3.7% at actual and identical exchange rates, respectively. Organic revenue growth was 3.7%.

Net loss from continuing operations was €44 million compared with a net profit from continued operations of €107 million in last year’s second quarter. This resulted in a €0.44 basic loss per share compared with €1.07 basic earnings per share in the second quarter of 2013.
 

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Menasha Packaging facility recognized for product safety

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEENAH, WIS. — The British Retail Consortium Global Standard has once again certified Menasha Packaging’s Yukon Plant, located in Ruffs Dale, Pa., for Packaging and Packaging Materials, Menasha has announced.

In addition, the International Organization for Standardization has recommended unconditional approval for continued registration for the Yukon Plant.

For the second straight year, the Yukon Plant received an “A” grade certification from BRC, which is a global product safety and quality standardization program. ISO also verified the Yukon Plant’s ability to implement and maintain an effective Quality Management System after a recent surveillance audit. Yukon received ISO 9001:2008 recertification in 2013, which lasts for three years.

“Menasha Packaging strives to make our customers feel confident in the safety of the products that we are supplying; our BRC and ISO certifications help provide that assurance,” stated Deborah Long, quality manager for Menasha Packaging’s Western Pennsylvania complex. “Maintaining these certifications each year has elevated the daily cleanliness standards at our facility making our plant always prepared for inspection.”

The BRC Global Standards are widely used by suppliers and retailers worldwide since they aid in standardizing quality, product safety, operational criteria and manufacturers’ fulfillment of legal obligations. Its Packaging and Packaging Materials standard is also a Global Food Safety Initiative recognized scheme.

ISO is a developer of voluntary International Standards and aims to make industry more efficient and effective. ISO provides specifications for products and services, along with best practices.
 

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New MUA Makeup Academy collection launches exclusively at CVS/pharmacy

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has further broadened its collection of exclusive beauty brands with the launch of its new MUA Makeup Academy.

The new MUA Makeup Academy collection of cosmetics and cosmetic tools is hitting CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide beginning this month.

Comprised of a lip, lash and brush collection, MUA Makeup Academy was designed by experts and promises to deliver professional results.

Lip is the hero of the collection, as evidenced by the extensive assortment of Color Infused Balm, Color Intense Lipstick, Extreme Shimmer Lipstick, Anti-Featuring Lip Liner, High Shine Lipstick, Intense Color Moisture Balm, Lip Color Crayon, Lip Stain, Liquid Lipstick, Luminizing Lipgloss, Moisture Balm, Super Shine Gloss, Super Sparkle Gloss, Clear Anti-Featuring Lip Liner, Lip Primer and Sugar Lip Scrub. Lip products are priced between $6 and $10 each.

There’s also the Makeup Academy Pro Brush collection, which features a mix of natural and synthetic fibers. They are crafted for specialized use across face, eyes and lips. Brushes in the collection include a BB/CC Cream Brush, Mineral Brush and Point Liner Brush. Prices range from $9 to $19 each. There’s also a Starter Set for $26 and a Travel Set for $21.

In a nod to the growing popularity of false lashes, the collection also offers an assortment of lashes for beginners and pros alike. From natural-looking lash enhancement and volume-boosting glamour to individual lashes for a customized look, the brand is aiming to make it easier than ever to achieve an array of eye-accentuating looks. Lashes are priced at $5. There’s also a Glamour Volume Boosting Lash Kit for $9, a Natural Ultra Fine Lash Kit for $9 and an Individual Lash Kit for $10.

 

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