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Industry veteran Skip Aldridge honored with GMDC’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — GMDC on Sunday evening honored Skip Aldridge with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the CPG industry and the many positions he has held in companies that have had influence with the association.

Aldridge was joined by his family at the event, through a surprise occasion that was arranged by Dave McConnell, president and CEO of GMDC. 

H-E-B’s Bill Anderson presents the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award to Skip Aldridge and his wife Linda. 

Aldridge has served on many advisory boards at GMDC, including the HBW board and executive committee, and has held executive positions at Pharmavite, ConAgra Foods, Del Monte, Clorox and Scott Paper. His latest venture is his own consulting company as president of Head of Sales Consulting. 

"Above all his professional accomplishments, Skip is a recent cancer survivor, which gives him a unique fervor and appreciation for life, his family and other people around him," GMDC stated. "The best attribute about Skip is that he is as appreciative and caring for others now, as he was prior to his fight with cancer. Skip is a true hero with GMDC, a great friend, and deserves honor for all his accomplishments."

GMDC’s Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 1994 to acknowledge the achievements of individuals who have made major contributions to mass market retailing with a focus on the general merchandise and health/beauty/wellness categories. 

The Award recipients represent a cross-section of industry leaders, including wholesalers and retailers, suppliers, trade press representatives and association executives.

 

 

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Target unveils contest to fuel innovation in health care

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS — In an effort to fuel innovation in health care, Target unveiled on Monday a contest to generate ideas to simplify health care and help individuals and families live healthier lives. Enter the Target Simplicity Challenge.

“As a retailer with more than 350,000 employees that operates stores across the nation with retail clinics, pharmacies and optical [locations], the growing dialogue about the need to transform health care is near and dear to hearts,” José Barra, SVP health and beauty at Target, told attendees during a special announcement at the Mayo Clinic Transform 2013 symposium. “We believe that there is value in surfacing simple, intuitive ideas to drive a lot of impact.”

To support these efforts, the retailer developed the Target Simplicity Challenge. To select the winning ideas, the retailer has enlisted 11 industry experts, including Amy Tenderich, founder of DiabetesMine.com, and Nate Garvis, founder of Naked Civics. Both Tenderich and Garvis joined Barra for the special announcement.

The goal of the contest: To identify simple ideas to tackle some of the complexities in health care.

“This is a nationwide effort to identify ideas to address two of the biggest opportunities in health care today — managing chronic conditions and supporting individuals in their well-being and prevention,” Barra said. “We would like to invite healthcare professionals, experts, innovators and entrepreneurs to participate in this contest.”

The winner in each category will receive $25,000 and a chance to partner with Target to bring the idea to fruition. Submissions for the challenge are being accepted at TargetSimplicityChallenge.com through Oct. 24. Four semi-finalists will be announced in December, and the two winners will be announced in January.


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Campbell’s Bolthouse Farms launches three new seasonal beverages

BY Jason Owen

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bolthouse Farms, a Campbell Soup Co. brand, announced Monday three new limited-edition beverages to hit grocery store shelves this holiday season.

Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog is made with natural milk and eggs, smooth vanilla bean and spicy nutmeg. Holiday Nog is a low-fat treat that offers the same nostalgic joy and flavor of Eggnog, the company stated. Holiday Nog has 83% less fat and 60% fewer calories per 8-oz. glass, than other brands, the company noted.

Pumpkin Spice Latte is similar to the coffeehouse seasonal offerings, but is more nutritious, the company stated. Bolthouse Farms’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is a vitamin-rich, low-fat treat made with real pumpkin puree, a blend of four aromatic spices and 100% Arabica coffee. Each serving of the Pumpkin Spice Latte is an excellent source of calcium and includes 7 grams of protein.

Finally, the Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha combines the classic holiday combination of frosty peppermint and rich, dark cocoa. These flavors are also blended with 100% Arabica coffee and one 8-oz. glass is an excellent source of calcium and provides 7 grams of protein.

Bolthouse Farms is a farm located in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, known for high-quality consumer brands and innovative products. They are a grower and distributor of carrots, a producer and seller of premium juices, smoothies, protein shakes and cafe beverages, and have launched a line of refrigerated yogurt dressings and extra-virgin olive oil vinaigrettes. Campbell Soup Co. acquired the company in Aug. 2012.


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