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Parkinson leaves post as leader of Associated Food Stores

BY Allison Cerra

SALT LAKE CITY — Associated Food Stores president and CEO Richard Parkinson announced he will retire from his position after serving in the role for nearly two decades.

Parkinson officially will exit the company on Nov. 10, the company said. Following Parkinson’s departure, Associated EVP and president of Fresh Market, Neal Berube, will fill the position of president and CEO.

During his tenure, Parkinson aided the company’s growth, including new independent stores and the purchase of 56 corporately owned stores, as well as garnering sales in excess of $1.4 billion. Parkinson also serves as a board member for the Food Marketing Institute and as the chairman of Western Family Foods.

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Blistex to launch two new lip products

BY Antoinette Alexander

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Blistex is expanding its lip care portfolio with the October launch of two new products: Blistex Revive & Restore and Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother.

Blistex Revive & Restore: Two formulas, Revive and Restore, come in separate nesting jars that lock together. The Revive formula protects lips, while the Restore formula makes them soft, healthy and radiant. Whether carried alone or as a set, Revive & Restore delivers a customized, unique two-jar rejuvenation approach. It retails for $1.99 to $3.29 (for the two-jar pack).



Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother: Formulated with soothing ingredients and an advanced analgesic, this formula is designed to alleviate lip discomfort and bring relief to those experiencing allergies, a cold or the flu. The product boasts Pramoxine HCL, dimethicone, glycerin, and vitamins C and E. It retails for between $1.89 and $2.69.

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Ulta celebrates fall with ’21 Days of Beauty’ event

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — Beauty retailer Ulta kicked off on Sept. 4 its “21 Days of Beauty” at stores nationwide, a celebration focusing on fall’s trends and corresponding free gifts, season beauty tips, in-store consultations and live demos from beauty brand experts.

Each day throughout “21 Days of Beauty,” the retailer will feature one "Beauty Steal" and a "Beauty Focus Day."  Beauty Steals include special pricing and buy-one-get-one-free" offers. Beauty Focus Days offer makeup and skin care specialists who focus on selected brands each day, providing individual makeup tips, trend updates and skin consultations.

Participants include such cosmetic and skin care brands as Bare Escentuals, Philosophy, Smashbox, Too Faced, Bliss, Urban Decay, Murad, Kinerase, Purminerals and Stila.

Helping to celebrate the event, Ulta has teamed up with Allure and Glamour to offer a yearly subscription to both magazines for $21.

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