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WHAT’S HOT: Progresso Light scores 0 points—and that’s a good thing

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS —Progresso Light, the only nationally branded light soup in the category, and Weight Watchers have teamed up to bring a canned soup with a points value of 0 to consumers nationwide.

Clocking in at 60 calories and 4 grams of fiber per serving, the five new Progresso Light flavors incorporate such vegetables as corn, diced tomatoes, green beans and peppers. Every can contains a blend of Progresso culinary seasonings and other ingredients like pasta, rice and beans.

To add to the excitement, Progresso Light is the first consumer-packaged product in any grocery category to carry the Weight Watchers endorsement with 0 points value per serving.

Progresso Light flavors include Italian-style vegetable, vegetable and noodle, savory vegetable barley, homestyle vegetable and rice, and Southwestern-style vegetable. The new soups are available nationwide and sell for the suggested retail price of $2.49 per 18.5-ounce can.

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Kroger appoints Going as Michigan division president

BY Adam Kraemer

CINCINNATI The Kroger Co. announced Wednesday that it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Michigan division.

Kroger currently operates 138 stores in the state; Going will oversee operations in them, effective immediately.

During his 26-year tenure with Kroger, Going has held a number of district- and division-level leadership positions at the store and has served as vice president of Retail Operations and vice president of Merchandising for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division.

“Rick brings extensive experience in operations and merchandising to this new role,” said Don McGeorge, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer. “We look forward to his leadership as he works with our associates to build on Kroger’s growth in Michigan by focusing on our customers to create even better shopping experiences for them.”

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NACDS responds to “misleading” New York Times article

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has fired back at The New York Times after the publication ran an article in its Sept. 18 issue titled, “The ‘Poisonous Cocktail’ of Multiple Drugs.”

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

The NACDS said the article misrepresented the role of chain pharmacies in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. The article blamed, “places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient’s drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail.” The NACDS retaliated by stating that all pharmacists, no matter whether they work in a chain or at an independent pharmacy, counsel patients for drug interactions and rely on medication information for this purpose.

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