Jewel-Osco to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
ITASCA, Ill. — Supervalu’s Jewel-Osco banner will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with its 5th Annual “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana” signature VIP reception on Sept. 27 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the retailer announced Monday.
"We are proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month with events that celebrate the culture and traditions of the Latino community," Jewel-Osco president Brian Huff said. "Sabor de la Herencia Hispana was designed to honor the Hispanic vendors whose products we carry on our shelves, as well as to support the culinary talents of Hispanic youth and recognize the exceptional contributions of this vibrant community."
Highlights of this year’s reception include:
A presentation of $20,000 in grants to local organizations that are being recognized for their efforts and commitment to enriching the Hispanic communities they serve. The four charitable contributions are being awarded to St. Pius Church community kitchen, San José Obrero Mission, the United Neighborhood Organization and St. Augustine College;
A special celebrity appearance by Puerto Rican actress, model and TV host Adamari Lopez, who will speak about her battle against breast cancer and how she has teamed up with Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives tour in efforts to help Latina women understand the importance of early detection; and
An array of exclusive dishes developed by culinary students from Chicago’s St. Augustine College, showcasing the unique flavors and richness of Latin cuisine. The students will prepare signature Latin-American recipes that incorporate an array of Hispanic vendor products.
McKesson taps Medco Health Solutions exec to lead Health Mart franchise group
SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson on Monday named Steve Courtman president of Health Mart, a franchise of 3,000 independently owned pharmacies. Courtman brings 25 years of industry experience with a track record for delivering business growth through technology, product innovation and sound leadership.
“Health Mart owners and pharmacists are passionate about the success of independent pharmacy and delivering exceptional customer service, and Steve shares that commitment,” stated Brian Tyler, president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “Through his deep understanding of retail pharmacy and the changing reimbursement landscape, he is uniquely qualified to lead Health Mart’s continued success.”
As Health Mart president, Courtman will focus on shaping the future of the franchise. He will work with Health Mart members and McKesson leadership to leverage the power and expertise of the group’s 3,000 independent pharmacies, while driving the rapid adoption of operational efficiencies, technology innovation and expanded clinical capabilities. Ultimately, Courtman will focus on driving business success for member pharmacies, allowing them to focus on the delivery of quality patient care, McKesson stated.
Prior to joining Health Mart, Courtman served as SVP retail markets at Medco Health Solutions, where he was responsible for contracting with independent and chain pharmacies and the creation of pharmacy networks to deliver value to plan sponsors. Previously, Courtman served in various capacities in the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and restaurant-franchise industries.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of London and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Health Mart also announced that it has reached the significant milestone of 3,000 member pharmacies this month.
Kellogg’s launches new Special K items
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s has boosted its Special K portfolio.
Building on the success of the brand’s cracker chips, Special K has launched popcorn chips. Available in two varieties (butter and sweet and salty), the new chips are made with 100% real milled corn for a light and crispy texture. Each 28-chip serving has 120 calories and 2 g of total fat.
In addition to the popcorn chips, Special K has added new varieties to its pastry crisps: chocolaty delight and brown sugar cinnamon, which each tout 100 calories per serving. What’s more, the brand is relaunching Special K Protein cereal in response to consumers looking for protein for energy and to feel full longer.
"Every new product from Kellogg is developed based on keen insights into the lifestyles, taste preferences and nutrition needs of our consumers," said Brad Davidson, president of Kellogg North America. "By leveraging these emerging trends, we continue to introduce hot new products that excite both our consumers and our retail partners."