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Henkel donates products to NBC’s Today Show toy drive

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Stamford, Conn.-based Henkel embraced the season of giving by announcing their participation in NBC’s Today Show Toy Drive for the sixth consecutive year. The company which includes Dial, Persil, Purex and Snuggle within its portfolio, donated a total of more than $1 million in laundry and beauty care products to a variety of charities across the United States.

Within its six years of participation, Henkel also has donated a cumulative of $3 million in products, the company said. 

“Once again this year, we are pleased to donate everyday laundry and beauty care essentials to help ease some of the daily financial pressures the holidays impose on families in need,” Ed Vlacich, region head of Henkel beauty care, said. “We’re hopeful that these donations of household essentials will make life a little easier while helping people look and feel their best, this season and beyond.” 

Aside from donating items within their line of products, 5,000 snuggle bears were included within the roster of donations, the company said. 

Earlier this year, Henkel announced that it had acquired Zotos International, the North American hair professional business of Shiseido.

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Dr. Reddy’s launches Alkeran generic

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Dr. Reddy’s has announced the launch of melphalan hydrochloride for injection, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This latest product is a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Alkeran.

The company’s Melphalan Hydrochloride for injection is available in a carton containing one single-dose clear glass vial of freeze-dried melphalan hydrochloride equivalent to 50 mg melphalan and one 10 mL clear glass vial of sterile diluent.

The Alkeran brand and generic had U.S. sales of approximately $107 million MAT for the most recent 12 months ended October 2017, according to IQVIA data. 

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Dollar General to build new distribution center in Texas

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based, Dollar General has announced plans to build its 17th facility in its major distribution network. The company previously built its first center in San Antonio, Texas back in 2014 and celebrated the opening of a second location also within Texas in 2016.

In addition to opening this new location, the company also is looking to create 400 new jobs when at full capacity and serve 1,000 retail locations within Texas and the southeast. The structure itself is expected to be nearly 1,000,000 square feet, the company said.

“Dollar General is excited to expand our supply chain and distribution operations in the Lone Star state with today’s announcement,” Todd Vasos, chief executive officer at Dollar General, said. “This facility is expected to support Dollar General’s growing store count in Texas where we already operate more than 1,400 current locations and have complementary operations in San Antonio. We look forward to the facility helping better serve our customers with value and convenience, as well as creating career opportunities for approximately 400 future Dollar General employees. I would like to express my gratitude for our partnership with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, leadership in both Gregg County and the city of Longview and the Longview Economic Development Corporation, all of whom helped support this project.”

Dollar General currently has 15 distribution centers which are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas (San Antonio), Virginia and Wisconsin. The company’s 16th distribution center in Amsterdam, New York is currently under construction.

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