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Iams Naturals gets a boost with two new products

BY Allison Cerra

MASON, Ohio — Procter & Gamble announced that its Iams pet food brand has launched two new Iams Naturals products.

Iams Naturals, which launched in 2007, now features sensitive naturals and simple and natural formulas, the company said. To mark the launch, Iams has debuted two television commercials to underscore the expansion of the line that feature a "spokesdog" named Spike.

Iams Naturals recipes are available at pet specialty stores, mass retailers and grocers nationwide. For more information, click here.

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CVS Caremark’s new chapter continues with appointment of CVS/pharmacy president

BY Antoinette Alexander

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that CVS Caremark has appointed a new president of CVS/pharmacy, Mark Cosby, is yet one more page in the new chapter for the Woonsocket, R.I.-based powerhouse.

(THE NEWS: CVS Caremark names new president of CVS/pharmacy. For the full story, click here)

As the article states, Cosby succeeds Larry Merlo, who led the company’s retail business prior to taking the helm as CEO of CVS Caremark in March.

What’s interesting to note is that Cosby, a retail executive who most recently served as president of Macy’s, is known as an innovator. While he was serving as COO of KFC, he initiated the co-branded stores with two eateries under the same roof. That tactic now is widespread within the fast food industry. Cosby also is credited with being the brains behind KFC’s popular popcorn chicken.

It will be interesting to see how Cosby’s insight and innovative spirit will play out within retail pharmacy.

There’s no doubt industry observers will be watching as the new chapter for CVS Caremark continues to unfold, and the company further positions itself along to the frontlines of health care.

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Fresh & Easy adds solar power to Phoenix-area stores

BY Allison Cerra

PHOENIX — Fresh & Easy has installed solar electric systems from REC Solar at stores in the Phoenix area.

REC Solar said it installed roof-mounted solar systems — which feature REC Peak Energy Series panels from global solar panel manufacturing leader REC Group — on 10 Fresh & Easy stores throughout the greater Phoenix metro area, including stores in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Avondale, Ariz. Each of the 10 stores features an in-store display that reports real-time solar energy production at the store while explaining how solar systems work to store customers.

On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket.

"Fresh & Easy’s commitment to the environment is not just about reducing our carbon footprint, but also about saving money that we pass on to our customers," Fresh & Easy president and CEO Tim Mason sad. "These solar panels will provide about 20% of our store’s energy needs at more than one-third of our Arizona stores."

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