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GMA to honor Publix leader with Hall of Achievement Award

BY Gina Acosta

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has named Ed Crenshaw of Publix Super Markets as the recipient of the GMA Hall of Achievement Award.

The Hall of Achievement Award, GMA’s highest honor, recognizes the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry leaders. Crenshaw, who retired earlier this year as Publix CEO, will be presented with the award at GMA’s Leadership Forum in July at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

“Ed Crenshaw is a giant in our industry and a true gentleman, respected by colleagues and competitors for his innovative leadership of Publix, his commitment to collaboration, and his dedication to customer service and to his employees,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. ”It will be an honor for GMA to present him with the 2016 Hall of Achievement Award.”

Publix, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, operates over 1,100 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The company has been honored as one of the top 100 companies to work for in America and recognized as one of America's most admired companies.

Crenshaw joined Publix Super Markets in 1974 as a stock clerk, and worked in all areas of store operations, including store manager as well as buying and retail operations.  He paved the way for the company’s expansion across state lines as Vice President for the Atlanta Division, and became Executive Vice President of Retail in 1994, President in 1996, and took over as CEO in 2008. In the community, Crenshaw has served with the Kidney Foundation of Central Florida, the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, the Polk County Museum of Art, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County School Board Business Commission, and the Lakeland Regional Medical Center.  He is chair of the Board of Overseers for the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College, and is a member of Florida’s Council of 100. He has served on the board of GS1-US and is a member of the board of the Food Marketing Institute.

A native of Mineral Wells, Texas, Crenshaw graduated from Baylor University in Waco.  He and his wife Denise have two adult children and three grandchildren.

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Raid rolls out early-detection product for bed bugs

BY Gina Acosta

RACINE, Wis.  — Raid is tackling the growing bed bug problem in America with a new product that detects the insects before a large-scale infestation can occur.

The new Raid Bed Bug Detector & Trap rolling out at retailers nationwide enables consumers to see evidence of bed bugs before an infestation occurs. 

The product has a partially enclosed trap with a see-through window allowing consumers to identify the problem and effectively dispose of the bugs caught in the trap. Upon entering the detector, bed bugs will be trapped inside. The device can be placed on the floor next to legs of furniture, including beds, sofas and daybeds, under furniture cushions or between the mattress and the box spring.

The new Raid Bed Bug Detector & Trap is also great for travelers. It fits in carry-on luggage and can be placed behind headboards or under hotel mattresses to detect bed bugs. 

The Raid Bed Bug Detector & Trap is available at Walgreens, Target and other mass retailers.
 

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IMS Health, Quintiles to merge

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DANBURY, Conn. — IMS Health on Tuesday announced a planned merger with Quintiles, a combination that will create Quintiles IMS Holdings with an enterprise value of more than $23 billion. 
 
“This combination addresses life-science companies’ most pressing needs: to transform the clinical development of innovative medicines, demonstrate the value of these medicines in the real world, and drive commercial success,” Quintiles CEO Tom Pike said. “We are bringing together two best-in-class leaders. I’m confident that together we will make our clients even more successful.”
 
Under the agreement, IMS Health shareholders will receive 0.384 shares of Quintiles common stock per IMs Health share. At the close of the merger, IMS Health shareholders will own 51.4% of the combined company’s shared, with Quintiles shareholders owning 48.6%. 
 
The merger is aimed at improving clinical trial design and execution by combining IMS Health’s information solutions with Quintile’s product development skills. The companies expect to add 100-200 basis points to its combined annual growth rate and achieve annual run-rate cost savings of $100 million by the end of year three. 
 
The combined company will keep dual headquarters in Danbury, Conn. and Research Triangle Park, N.C. IMS Health chairman and CEO Ari Bousbib will become chairman and CEO of Quintiles IMS, with Pike acting as vice chairman. The board will contain six IMs health appointees and six Quintiles appointees, with Dennis Gillings acting as lead director. 
 
“Together our solutions will enable differentiation in the CRO market, advance Real-World Evidence capabilities, and deliver comprehensive commercial solutions for our clients. This powerful combination brings together leading technology and analytics with deep scientific expertise delivered on a global scale by our 50,000 immensely talented professionals in more than 100 markets. Our combined business will accelerate growth, yield greater operating efficiencies and provide more flexibility for future expansion.”
 
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