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Shoppers Drug Mart opens third enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE

BY Antoinette Alexander

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Canadian retailer Shoppers Drug Mart has unveiled its enhanced beautyBOUTIQUE at Robson and Burrard. Featuring 15 prestige brands, this marks the third Shoppers Drug Mart location in Canada.

The 3,500 square-foot beautyBOUTIQUE features new fixtures, digital signage, an enhanced fragrance and derm areas to provide customers with an upscale retail environment complemented by an assortment of prestigious brands.

"Our goal was to design a unique and inspiring experience leveraging our customer insights in beauty while also integrating emerging customer trends," stated Domenic Pilla, president and CEO, Shoppers Drug Mart. "Shoppers Drug Mart has always pushed the envelope when it comes to the beauty category and as a result we have become the market leader in mass and prestige cosmetics, fragrances and skin care products and the beauty destination of choice for Canadian women."

The design was inspired by a gift box and the idea of unravelling a ribbon to reveal the present. The ribbon concept can be seen in the elements of the store design including the digital signage wrapped around the boutique and the finishing elements extending over the fixtures to the ceiling.  

"It is the right time to evolve and enhance our concept to modernize the fixtures, adapt to changing shopping behaviours, incorporate new communication vehicles like digital signage and grow our brand assortment to include new prestige vendors," added Cathy Masson, VP, category management, Shoppers Drug Mart. "We introduced this new concept all while holding true to our principles of knowledgeable and unbiased service in an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience".

In addition to a newly designed beautyBOUTIQUE, the renovated store at Robson and Berrard will continue to offer an assortment of health, beauty and convenience essentials, including the full-service pharmacy.
 

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J.M. Smucker acquries Sahale Snacks

BY Ryan Chavis

ORRVILLE, Ohio — The J.M. Smucker Co. will acquire Sahale Snacks, a privately held company located in Seattle. Sahale is a manufacturer and marketer of branded nut and fruit snacks.

Sahale's net sales are expected to be $50 million for 2014. The transaction includes a leased facility in Seattle and will add 150 employees to the company's roster. The deal is expected to close by the middle of September and should not have a material impact on the company's 2015 financial results, the company stated.

"This is an exciting acquisition and an excellent strategic fit for our Company," said Paul Smucker Wagstaff, president of U.S. retail consumer foods. "The addition of the Sahale Snacks premium lifestyle brand, and its portfolio of innovative and on-trend products, provides an established platform for growth in the snacking space."  
 

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NYT: Companies exploring increased production of new experimental drug to treat Ebola

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — A new experimental drug to treat Ebola has been tried in the two American patients being treated in an Atlanta hospital, The New York Times reported Wednesday
 
The drug is ZMapp and is being jointly developed by Mapp and Defyrus.
 
The companies currently are exploring pathways to ramp production and test the drug in Ebola patients. “It’s absolutely overwhelming,” Larry Zeitlin, the president of Mapp, told The New York Times. “We are discussing with the [Food and Drug Administration] the right path to make the drug available to people as quickly and safely as possible.” 
 
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