San Francisco drug stores face possible ban on tobacco sales
SAN FRANCISCO A proposed ordinance to ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco items from San Francisco drug stores could be in place by the end of this week.
The law, proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom last Tuesday, would put a ban on tobacco sales at any stores with pharmacies, but would not include big box chain stores, like Costco, or grocery stores. A spokesperson for the mayor said that this ordinance is part of a series of actions supported by Mayor Newsom to promote independent healthy living.
“The spirit of this is that pharmacies are places people go to get better,” spokeswoman Giselle Barry said. “They shouldn’t be selling products that cause cancer.”
The new law would go into effect on Oct. 1. The San Francisco Department of Public Health [the regulator of tobacco sales in San Francisco] would be responsible for enforcement of the law and those in violation would have to pay fines of $100 to $1,000.
The proposed ordinance must have the approval of the Board of Supervisors. The topic is on the agenda for the Board’s City and County of San Francisco City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee special meeting on Thursday.
Dr Pepper set to split from Cadbury Schweppes
PLANO, Texas Dr Pepper plans on declaring independence from its parent company, Cadbury Schweppes, once a buy-back is cemented next week. A new company called Dr Pepper Snapple, which has been in planning stages since March of last year, is slated to emerge from the split.
“By having the core research and development capability at our headquarters, we expect to be able to move more rapidly and reliably from prototype to full commercialization,” the company said in a statement filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Company spokesman, Greg Artkop, said that a research facility is currently being built in Plano and should be in operation by this summer.
As soon as the separation is completed, Dr Pepper Snapple will control business for 7UP, Motts juices, Snapple, Sunkist orange and Dr Pepper in Canadian, Caribbean, Mexican and U.S. markets.
Purple names new national accounts manager
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Purple Beverage Co. today announced that Lou Aceto, former North American national accounts manager for Red Bull, will join the team at Purple as national accounts manager. Aceto will also handle national distribution for Purple, the company said.
At Red Bull, Aceto was responsible for getting the product to convenience stores, drug stores, grocery chains and other retailers around New England and in New York.
Purple founder and chief executive officer, Ted Farnsworth said, “With experience and relationships from individual markets to large retail chains, [Acetoa] will be an invaluable asset to our growing company. His knowledge and expertise expand beyond building strategic relationships, planning and exceeding sales targets to earning customer satisfaction through effective client management and driving successful negotiations.”
Aceto also served at Quaker Oats Co. as key accounts manager, implementing call strategies inside chain and distributor groups. Prior to his work at Quaker, and then Red Bull, he served as an independent distributor for Tropicana Products.