Keurig, Peet’s Coffee & Tea team up for new K-cups
WATERBURY, Vt. & EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Keurig Green Mountain, recognized for its beverages and Keurig brewing systems, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee and tea company, announced a manufacturing and distribution agreement. The companies plan to launch a selection of Keurig-licensed Peet’s coffee and tea varieties in K-Cup packs by the end of the summer. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Peet’s will continue to roast the beans for its K-Cup packs at its LEED-certified facility in Alameda, Calif.; the roasted beans will be transported to Keurig for grinding and packaging.
“Consumers consistently choose the Keurig brewing system for the quality, simplicity, value and variety of the brands and beverages available in the system,” said Brian Kelley, Keurig’s president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to bring Keurig consumers and Peet’s lovers the choice of Peet’s premium specialty coffees and teas as part of the continually growing Keurig family of brands; hand-roasted by Peet’s and expertly packaged in K-Cup packs by Keurig to deliver optimum freshness and taste with the ease of the Keurig brewing system.”
The new, licensed Peet’s K-Cup packs will be available at grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, Peet’s retail stores and online at Peets.com. Keurig will distribute Peet’s K-Cup packs to specialty and department stores and away from home channels, as well Keurig.com.
“We continue to have incredible growth and success in the single cup category as existing and new consumers have responded very favorably to the quality and experience of Peet’s in the single cup form over the past year,” said Dave Burwick, president and CEO of Peet’s Coffee & Tea. “We believe now is the right time to partner with Keurig and work together to further advance this important, growing category.”
National Safety Council outlines seven startling facts about Rx painkillers
ITASCA, Ill. — In observance of National Poison Prevention Week, which is March 16 to 22, the National Safety Council has released a list of facts many people do not — but need to — know about prescription painkiller use.
Did you know?
1. Forty-five people die every day from opioid prescription painkillers — more deaths than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined;
2. In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were provided to medicate every American around the clock for an entire month;
3. More than 70% of people who abused prescription pain relievers got the pills from friends or relatives. Only about 5% got the painkillers from a drug dealer or from the Internet;
4. The United States contains only 4.6% of the world’s population, but consumes 80% of the world’s opioids and 99% of the world’s hydrocodone;
5. While middle-aged men and women have the highest prescription painkiller fatal overdose rates, the rates are increasing most rapidly among women. Overdose death rates in women have increased more than 400% since 1999, compared to 265% among men. Teen use also is rising. One-in-eight high school seniors admit to using prescription painkillers recreationally;
6. Prescription painkillers are gateway drugs to heroin. In 10 years of treating patients for substance abuse and addiction, NSC Medical Advisor Dr. Don Teater reports having just one patient whose prescription painkiller addiction began with a heroin addiction. All other patients have first been addicted to painkillers and switched to heroin because it is cheaper; and
7. Heroin overdose deaths receive significant media attention. But while these deaths increased 45% from 2006 to 2010, prescription painkiller deaths have risen by more than 300% since 1999.
“The number of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses is staggering and unacceptable,” stated John Ulczycki, VP strategic initiatives at NSC. “We need immediate action at the local, state and federal levels. National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to begin a dialog about how to address this issue so we can save lives.”
According to the NSC report, Prescription Nation, 47 states are failing to adequately address nonmedical prescription painkiller use. NSC examined state efforts in four areas: state leadership and action, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, responsible painkiller prescribing and overdose education and prevention programs.
McKesson Specialty Health call center earns certification as a BenchmarkPortal Center of Excellence
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — McKesson Specialty Health has announced that its Reimbursement, Access and Safety Services Solution Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., was certified as a Center of Excellence for the fifth consecutive year by BenchmarkPortal.
Out of thousands of call centers and all industry segments in North America, the McKesson Specialty Health Solution Center was recognized as a top 100 call center and as a top 10 center in the large-size category for 2013.
The McKesson Specialty Health Reimbursement, Access & Safety Services Solution Center provides educational, reimbursement, REMS, clinical, data gathering and marketing services on behalf of pharmaceutical manufacturers. Its staff of 900 seats facilitates more than 11 million interactions annually, offering support for single and multi-drug programs for therapies in oncology, rheumatology and other therapeutic areas.
“A contact center that seeks and achieves the Center of Excellence Certification from BenchmarkPortal demonstrates a noteworthy commitment to service excellence,” said Bruce Belfiore, CEO of BenchmarkPortal. “The obvious beneficiaries of this commitment are the center’s customers, employees and shareholders.”
Contact centers achieve the Center of Excellence distinction based on best-practice metrics drawn from the world’s largest database of objective and quantitative data that is audited and validated by researchers from BenchmarkPortal. BenchmarkPortal’s certification process has the advantage of referencing all performance goals to their best practice database of thousands of contact centers.
“We are thrilled to receive the Center of Excellence award from BenchmarkPortal,” stated Heather Morel, VP and GM of health informatics and reimbursement, access and safety services at McKesson Specialty Health. “It is representative of the culture of quality that we are committed to as a leading healthcare services organization and a testament to the world-class service, program design and management that our employees deliver to patients, providers and manufacturer customers every day.”