NACDS Annual to open with Huey Lewis and the News
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is bringing Grammy winning artists Huey Lewis and the News to NACDS Annual this year. The band will perform at the Opening Celebration of NACDS Annual, taking place from April 21 to April 24 at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., this year.
In addition to the opening celebration, NACDS Annual, which is anchored by opportunities for suppliers and retailers to collaborate — both through Strategic Exchange Appointments and Meet the Retailer Events — will feature two Business Programs. The first business program will be led by NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson and NACDS chairman and Walgreens Boots Alliance co-COO and Walgreens president Alex Gourlay. The second will feature author and management educator Jim Collins.
Registration for the event can be accessed here.
Nature’s Bounty augments nutrition lineup with Best Bar Ever acquisition
The Nature’s Bounty on Tuesday acquired The Best Bar Ever, adding a line of real-food nutrition bars to its growing portfolio of sports and nutrition products.
“Consumers are increasingly looking for convenient and great-tasting nutrition bars – and this brand was designed by its founders right in line with that trend,” stated Paul Sturman, president and CEO of The Nature’s Bounty Co., based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. “I am confident that 'The Best Bar Ever' will be a great addition to our sports and nutrition portfolio, which includes brands such as Pure Protein, MET-Rx and Body Fortress, the leading protein powder brand.”
“The Best Bar Ever understands the importance of blending quality ingredients and good nutrition to create a superior flavor profile,” commented Best Bar Ever founder Mike Clay. “We’re excited to bring The Best Bar Ever to a company with such a legacy in the health and wellness space and look forward to a strong partnership.”
The Best Bar Ever bars are available in chocolate peanut butter, peanut butter crunch and cookie dough in two sizes. They offer real ingredients – no fillers or sugar alcohols, and are designed to contain an ideal blend of quality fats, carbs and proteins in balanced ratios.
The Best Bar Ever can be found in the health and fitness channel and in a growing number of national drug and grocery chains.
Mom entrepreneur supports breastfeeding with new energy bar option
Launching into more than 300 Walmart locations in January, the Boobie Bar origin story is reminiscent of the popular Airborne immune boosting supplements.
Mom entrepreneur, founder and Boobie Bar CEO Wendy Colson identified an unmet need in the market – new moms looking for an energy booster that helps support breastfeeding – and went to work formulating a solution. But in addition to being a mom, Colson adds some health practitioner credibility to the product line with more than two decades of experience as a registered nurse and board-certified lactation consultant.
[quote-from-article] “Moms are the busiest people on the planet,” Colson said. “They want new, innovative ways for wellness.” With that in mind, Colson is already exploring line extensions that will expand the brand appeal to all moms, she said.
Headquartered in Encinatas, Calif., the Boobie Bars are formulated with turmeric, which offers breast tissue support when lactating to aid flow; moringa, a powerful plant rich with potassium; coconut oil, which derives its “good fat” from lauric acid, an anti-microbial also found in breast milk; and organic shatavari, which supports the reproductive system.
Boobie Bars got their start in 2011 when Colson hosted a free community breastfeeding support group called Milk & Cookies. It was there a new busy mom asked what she could eat on the go that would support her as a nursing mom. There was nothing to recommend, so Colson formulated the first lactation-support bar to hit the market.