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LA Times: Covered California exchange to promote ACA at CVS/pharmacy, Ralphs

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES — As the March 31 enrollment deadline draws near, CVS/pharmacy and Ralphs grocery chain have inked deals with the Covered California exchange to promote the healthcare law inside their retail outlets, the Los Angeles Times has reported.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, CVS/pharmacy, through a strategic partnership with Humana, has been providing information on the Affordable Care Act in its stores since the enrollment period opened in October.

According to the LA Times, the Covered California exchange will provide additional information in 120 CVS stores in areas with the highest concentration of residents who are eligible for federal premium subsidies.

At Ralphs, shoppers can pick up brochures and other information. There will be in-store announcements and messages on receipts about health coverage, the article stated.

 

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MilkSplash to debut in select Target stores

BY Ryan Chavis

CONCORD, N.C. —  S&D Beverage Innovations, a division of S&D Coffee, a custom coffee roaster and blender of iced tea for the food service industry, announced the introduction of MilkSplash, a new milk flavoring for parents who want their kids to drink more milk and make health-conscious beverage choices.

MilkSplash will launch this week in select Target stores and will debut at Walmart and other retailers in April. The product comes in flavors like Cocoa Loco, Sir Strawberry Swirl, Orange Cream Dream, Cookies ‘N Cream and Jammin’ Banana.

"We created MilkSplash to give kids lots of wonderful options to flavor their milk because research shows nearly 7-in-10 kids drink more milk when it’s — and we know that kids need to drink more milk," said Dr. Maya Zuniga, director of product innovation at S&D. "With milk consumption declining for decades, many children miss out on the recommended amount of milk and its essential nutrients, including three that are of most concern — calcium, vitamin D and potassium."

Each bottle of MilkSplash makes at least 24 servings and requires a squeeze and a stir to turn white milk into a kid-friendly treat, the company said.

"It’s time to shake things up and add variety, delicious flavors and cute characters that will get kids excited about milk and flavoring it their way," said John Buckner, VP marketing at S&D, who is overseeing the MilkSplash launch. "Our dream is to have kids say to moms, ‘May I have some more milk please?’"

 

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Report: Giant Eagle closing two stores in Toledo market

BY Michael Johnsen

TOLEDO, Ohio — Giant Eagle is pulling out of the Toledo market, according to a report in the Blade, Toledo’s hometown newspaper, published on Saturday. 

Giant Eagle’s two stores in the region are expected to close May 3. 

“It definitely is going to be a hit to our community,” Sylvania Township Trustee John Jennewine told the Blade. “They were very strong supporters of the community and very involved. We’re going to be sad to see them go.”

“Our decision to close these locations was made only after careful consideration, particularly given the impact on our team members and customers, and after significant efforts to differentiate these stores in the marketplace,” Giant Eagle spokesman Dan Donovan said in a statement obtained by the Blade.

 

 

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