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Travel immunizations now available at select Giant Food pharmacy locations

BY Antoinette Alexander

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., has announced that it is now offering pre-travel consultations and immunizations at select Giant Food stores. 
 


Giant Food Travel Health Clinics, staffed by specially trained pharmacists, provide convenient, comprehensive pre-travel consultations.  A pre-travel visit includes current and destination-specific recommendations for a $30 fee. Recommendations may include immunizations, prophylactic medications (such as anti-malaria drugs), and specific health advice to prevent and treat illness travelers may encounter. The clinics administer immunizations to help prevent hepatitis, yellow fever, measles, meningitis, polio, typhoid and other diseases.




“We pride ourselves in offering the highest quality service to support our pharmacy customers’ busy lives, and that includes travel abroad plans,” said Gayle Shields, director of pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “Whether it’s travel for business, service or study abroad, or leisure, our Travel Health Clinic pharmacists will work with each customer to provide specialized assistance and consultation customized to travel destinations.”  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that some diseases that are not common in the United States still exist in other countries — and even in airplanes and airports during layover travel. International travel continues to grow substantially and many travelers are unaware of the risks they face or how to minimize them. 

Even if one’s family has all the recommended vaccines, “booster shots” are sometimes needed for vaccines that have become less effective over time. CDC recommends consulting with a travel medicine specialist, like those at Giant’s Travel Health Clinics, at least four to six weeks before departure.  

 

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Family Dollar names Jeffrey Thomas SVP, merchandise operations

BY Antoinette Alexander

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores has named Jeffrey Thomas as SVP, merchandise operations, succeeding Scott Zucker, who left the company at the end of May

Thomas will report to Jason Reiser, EVP, chief merchandising officer.

“For more than 54 years, our merchandise operations team has focused on providing the items our customers want and need at great everyday prices,” stated Reiser. “Jeff’s supply chain, logistics and replenishment experience along with his proven leadership skills will ensure that we continue to bring value and convenience to customers at each of our more than 8,100 stores across the country.”

Thomas joined Family Dollar in 2003 as a director of vendor performance with responsibility for item data integrity and vendor relationships. Between 2005 and 2013, Thomas assumed greater roles with increased responsibilities, and in 2013, he was named VP, merchant services.

 

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SexyPop introduces banana popcorn flavor

BY David Salazar

SEA CLIFF, N.Y — A new flavor that company SexyPop Popcorn is debuting at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show will make eating bananas a crunchier experience. The new flavor, Bodacious Banana, uses real bananas and gives the popcorn a dose of antioxidants and potassium.

Bodacious Banana joins Sexypop’s lineup of five flavors and will be on display at Sexypop’s Booth at the Specialty Food Association’s summer show, which starts June 29 at New York’s Javits Center.

The new flavor is one part of the snack company’s grouth since it was founded in late 2013 by Robert Ehrlich, whose Pirate Brands was purchased by B&G Foods for $195 million last year.  

“With a swirling buzz and growing fan base, our NYC subway, bus, train and yachting campaign is being raved about everywhere,” Ehrlich said

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