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Stater Bros. announces completion of distribution center

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Stater Bros. planned an enthusiastic welcome for the final group of Stater Bros. employees to move into its state-of-the-art corporate offices and Norton Distribution Center in San Bernardino, Calif.

On Oct. 5, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the opening of the new 155,000-sq.-ft. Stater Bros. support services building. Over 500 Stater Bros. employees from throughout the company were present to celebrate this long-awaited event.

The new support services building houses the company’s bakery division as well as the advertising, construction, maintenance, purchasing, store systems and real estate departments. The relocation to the new Stater Bros. corporate offices and Norton Distribution Center has spanned over a two-year period, and these employees are the last to make the move to their new home.

The Stater Bros. Norton Distribution Center is the largest under-one-roof distribution center in America’s supermarket industry, the company said.

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FDA scientists consider HIV treatment safe as first-line treatment

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON A drug made by Pfizer for treating HIV is safe for patients who have not taken other drugs, according to briefing documents posted online Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.

Scientists at the FDA appear to favor approval for the new use of Selzentry (maraviroc), currently approved as a second-line treatment for HIV patients.

On Thursday, the briefing information will go before the FDA’s Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee, which will decide whether or not to recommend approval. Advisory committees’ recommendations do not guarantee approval or rejection of a regulatory application, but they are taken into consideration when the FDA makes its final decision.

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Emerson Group announces two new hires

BY Allison Cerra

WAYNE, Pa. A consumer products equity organization has added two employees to its staff.

Emerson Group announced Monday the addition of Rob Hurd and Kevin Rasmussen to the company effective Oct. 12.

Hurd’s responsibilities will include Walmart and Kmart customer management, as well as contributing to the strategic areas of category management and client business development. He comes to Emerson from Dentek Oral Care where he was sales director (West), responsible for all account   management efforts for the Dentek brand. Rob also spent 10 years at Bayer Consumer Care where he most recently led the Walmart category management team responsible for all efforts in support of Bayer brands and the cough/cold advisor position. Prior to Bayer, Hurd worked for Revlon and P&G in various field sales roles.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen’s responsibilities with the Emerson Group will include managing Shopko, Hy-Vee,  Roundy’s and several other Midwest regional food and drug retailers. Kevin comes to the Emerson Group from Target Corp. where he was most recently positioned on the financial side of Target’s operations. He has also extensive experience in pharmacy/OTC as a merchandise specialist.

“We’re very pleased about having Rob and Kevin on the Emerson team. Their contributions will only improve the quality and depth of the service we offer our business partners as well as enhance our presence within our retailers,” said Rick Wellinger, president of the Emerson Group.

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