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Meijer debuts food solutions program

BY Vivian Gomez

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer has launched a first-of-its-kind food solutions program in each of its 213 stores. According to the retailer, “Ready! For You” is designed to meet the tastes and lifestyles of busy families by providing recipe ideas, inspiration and savings opportunities in-store and online.
 
“Families are busier than ever and feeling squeezed for both time and money,” said Randy Stewart, group VP of foods for Meijer. “We’re excited to launch this new program as shoppers focus on back to school and get back into a routine of family meals that are affordable and quick to prepare.”
 
Inside Meijer stores, Ready! For You-branded meal displays pair food solution items from various manufacturers together. Shoppers have the opportunity to taste what’s on display with weekly sampling demos. Meijer is creating online videos with quick and simple food ideas and is sharing a steady cadence of recipes on breakfast, lunch and dinner Pinterest boards.
 
The items that make up each Ready! For You meal have an average cost of between $12-$15 to feed a family of four and are all part of weekly sales promotions. Customers can also get discounts when they buy multiple Ready! For You items, which can save shoppers an additional 15-20%.
 
“One of the biggest hurdles that prevents families from cooking at home is finding new meal and snack ideas that are affordable, delicious and quick to prepare,” Meijer healthy living adviser and registered dietitian Shari Steinbach said. “The quick and easy food solutions in the Ready! For You program are an exciting and affordable way to help families get back in the kitchen.”
 
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DSN resident PharmD takes over @DrugStoreNews for global #Pharmacist ‘tweet-a-thon’

BY Rob Eder

NEW YORK — Drug Store News director of continuing education and clinical content Suzanne Feeney, PharmD, will take over the Drug Store News twitter handle @drugstorenews, as part of the global #Pharmacist tweet-a-thon on Thursday, Oct. 2. 
 
Highlighting the important role pharmacists have in patient care, their communities and the healthcare industry at-large, the annual event, now in its second year, pharmacists from all over the world will tweet about what they have done to help advance community pharmacy practice. Last year, more than 7,100 tweets with the hashtag #Pharmacist were sent during the inaugural event, noted the Community Pharmacy Association, with #Pharmacist ranking as the highest trending healthcare-related hashtag that day, Oct. 3, 2013.
 
Feeney, a former Supervalu pharmacist, and coordinator of the Drug Store News Continuing Education program, will lead the conversation for DSN during the one-day pharmacist tweet-a-thon. 
 
What is your company doing to help advance the role of community pharmacy in health care, and/or helping to advance the practice of pharmacy at retail? Join the conversation on Oct. 2 — and don’t forget to use the hashtag #Pharmacist.
 
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C&S Wholesale Grocers names SVP, independent sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

KEENE, N.H. — C&S Wholesale Grocers has appointed Christopher Brown as SVP, independent sales, effective Sept. 29, underscoring its commitment to independent customers and reflecting its plans to continue to grow the independent business.

Brown has spent his career in executive leadership roles in the distribution and supply chain industry, servicing independent retailers and regional chains. Most recently he served as an executive consultant working with national distributors and regional retailers. Prior to that, he spent 11 years with Nash Finch Co., serving as EVP, procurement/merchandising and EVP, food distribution, before being named president/COO.

“Christopher is joining C&S at a time when we are putting immense focus on our independent business,” said Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and CEO. “His expertise about the unique requirements of independent retailers will be a perfect complement to the strong service we already provide to our independent, chain, and large grocer customers.”

C&S Wholesale Grocers currently supplies 5,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions with more than 150,000 different products.

In a separate announcement, C&S Wholesale Grocers also announced the appointment of Alejandro Rodriguez Bas as EVP, new business and market development, effective Sept. 29.

Rodriguez was most recently CEO of Grupo LALA, the largest dairy company in Latin America, and he previously spent nearly 10 years with PepsiCo in executive leadership positions in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.
 

 

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