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Lewis Drug celebrates 70th anniversary

BY Antoinette Alexander

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lewis Drug is celebrating its 70th anniversary — a milestone that can be attributed, in part, to its willingness to embrace change.

“One of the most important things I learned about the retail business is that you need to change. You need to keep yourself fresh and creative, and things will work out,” said Mark Griffin, president and CEO of Lewis Drug, which currently operates more than 30 locations. “Obviously, in 70 years, things worked out well and we continue to evolve.”

The philosophy is paying off. Not only is the regional player celebrating seven decades, but Lewis Drug also is having its best year to date in the history of the company. It is commemorating 70 years through promotional materials and block parties.

Established in 1942 as the first self-service drug store in South Dakota and the surrounding region, Lewis Drug’s history runs deep, but its long-standing commitment to serving its customers through a broad assortment of merchandise runs even deeper.

“We are a drug store that was never a traditional drug store. We were promotional oriented and also seasonally oriented from the get-go, and we still have that trademark at Lewis,” Griffin said. “Pharmacy will always be our trademark, but we are so much more than a traditional drug store.”

Lewis Drug’s vast assortment, which includes such items as gas grills, flat screen TVs and portable DVD players, didn’t happen by accident. Griffin attributed it, in part, to his father’s background with Skaggs Cos. “I think the way he came up, he noticed that trying new things continually, in the long run, worked out and that drug stores should be more than a pharmacy counter,” Griffin said. His father, John Griffin, passed away in 1986.

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Ben & Jerry’s introduces Greek frozen yogurt, chocolate flavor

BY Allison Cerra

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Ben & Jerry’s is looking to sweeten up summer with the launch of new Greek frozen yogurt and a new chocolate flavor.

The four new pint flavors of Greek frozen yogurt include:

  • Strawberry shortcake: Strawberry Greek frozen yogurt with shortbread pieces;

  • Raspberry fudge chunk: Raspberry Greek frozen yogurt with fudge chunks;

  • Banana peanut butter: Banana Greek frozen yogurt with peanut butter swirls;

  • Blueberry vanilla graham: Blueberry and vanilla Greek frozen yogurt with graham cracker swirls.

"It’s yogurt done the Ben & Jerry’s way, which results in a great tasting product first and foremost," said Paul Szalkucki, director of the Ben & Jerry’s research and development team. "As things heat up around the country, this is the perfect refreshing treat with a whole lotta taste."

In addition to the new line, Ben & Jerry’s rolled out another ice cream flavor to please any choc-aholic named Chocolate Therapy, a Scoop Shop favorite of Ben & Jerry’s.

Both the Greek frozen yogurt line and Chocolate Therapy now are available at stores nationwide.

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Ore-Ida Grillers enter market

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH — Ore-Ida has launched a new item just in time for summer.

New Ore-Ida Grillers are thick-cut, round potato slices that are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and specially designed to cook on the grill. Ready in 15 minutes, they take a fraction of the time required for a whole potato to cook on the grill or in the oven and can be prepared alongside the main course on the grill, the company said.

“We know it can be difficult to balance all of the meal preparations with the desire to spend quality time with family and friends when cooking out,” Ore-Ida Potatoes brand manager Rachel Bradley said. “With Ore-Ida Grillers, you can prepare a delicious side dish for your cookout that everyone will love while spending less time preparing it and more time enjoying it.”

Ore-Ida Grillers currently are available in the frozen aisle of stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.59.

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