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SC Johnson may be looking to cut shaving business

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK SC Johnson may be looking to sell its shaving business, which includes the Edge and Skintimate brands, according to a Financial Times report.

According to the report, people with knowledge of the sale process say the business could be valued at about $200 million and, while a range of potential buyers have expressed an interest, Energizer Holdings could be the likely buyer.

A spokeswoman for SC Johnson said it does not publicly discuss such matters.

Meanwhile, an Energizer spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation, the Financial Times reported.

Energizer’s personal care division offers a range of consumer products in the wet shave, skin care feminine care and infant care categories. The company’s portfolio includes such brand names as Schick and Wilkinson Sword men’s and women?s shaving systems and disposable razors.

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Albertsons introduces organic products line to stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho Albertsons LLC has introduced to 240 store locations a line of organic products ranging from baby food, to dairy, beverages, snacks and full meal options.

The O Organics line is being supported at Albertsons by a multi-million dollar consumer marketing campaign to drive traffic.

“Organics are rapidly moving from niche purchases to mainstream staples and we appreciate the opportunity to work with Albertsons LLC to offer the O Organics brand to its customers,” stated Alex Petrov, president of Lucerne Foods Inc. “With the strong, across-the-board interest from shoppers in health and wellness options, O Organics allows mainstream grocers to easily implement a store-wide organic strategy with the broadest possible product range and the ability to meet the order volume of the largest supermarket chains.”

Launched in 2005, O Organics offers retailers a complete, multi-category solution with more than 300 products in 30+ categories.

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Clarification: Walgreens sees more staffing changes with departures of three purchasing VPs

BY Drug Store News Team

NEW YORK A report Thursday on new changes in Walgreens’ purchasing department included a statement indicating that the departure of three divisional merchandise managers could signal changes in the structure of the chain’s overall purchasing department. No such changes are foreseen, said a company spokesperson.

“As for the way purchasing activities are currently organized,” explained Walgreens spokesperson Tiffani Washington, “we’ll keep our current structure.”

The positions of all three of the outgoing general merchandise managers will be filled, she added, with replacements drawn either from inside or outside the company.

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