Yoplait introduces new Go-Gurt packaging with health labels
MINNEAPOLIS — Yoplait yogurt announced on Friday a new, more vibrant packaging design with more pronounced health benefits for its Go-Gurt brand yogurt to hit store shelves.
Go-Gurt’s new packaging design features new health messaging on the outside of the box, including labels of no high fructose corn syrup and that it contains natural flavors and colors.
"Our consumers expressed their need for a product that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup for their kids and we listened and acted," said Justin Conzemius, Yoplait associate marketing director. "For the past year, we have been working on a product that would achieve those goals, yet continue to deliver a product that kids found fun and delicious."
"We know that sugar is a concern for parents and that parents desire more natural products," said Melissa Haase, Yoplait research and development. "While there were hurdles with the new reformulation, we were also able to reduce the sugar by 1 gram and lower the calories from 70 to 60 calories per serving."
While maintaining the same taste and a healthier formulation, Go-Gurt also provides a good source of calcium and at least 10% of the daily value of vitamins A and D per serving.
Go-Gurt is available in 8- and 16-ct. package varieties with a SRP of $2.89 and $4.99 respectively in grocers’ refrigerated aisles.
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Walgreens continues to evolve services associated with the neighborhood pharmacy
Theranos and Walgreens announced a long-term partnership to bring access to Theranos’ new lab testing service through Walgreens pharmacies nationwide. As the service becomes available through Theranos Wellness Centers inside Walgreens stores, consumers will be able to access less invasive and more affordable clinician-directed lab testing.
With this news, it becomes clear that the days of the Walgreens pharmacist and nurse practitioner are numbered — not because those professionals are going anywhere, mind you, but because the connotation associated with those occupations really no longer applies. With the number of healthcare services being rolled out under the Walgreens umbrella, it would be more apropos to identify them as healthcare brokers.
That’s because the scope of healthcare services, appropriate for the retail space, has become quite extensive. Over the past decade, retail clinics within Walgreens have grown from providing a short menu of acute-care items to becoming a destination center for immunizations and select chronic-care disease state management offerings. And as Walgreens relocated the pharmacist from behind the bench in an effort to increase customer accessibility, that pharmacist evolved from an adjudicator of prescriptions to a more fulfilling role as a healthcare counselor plus so much more. Where clinics aren’t available, Walgreens pharmacists also serve as immunizers, medication therapy management counselors and adherence strategists. And beyond patient counseling, Walgreens pharmacists can help educate their senior citizen base on appropriate Medicare plans. And soon that also will include education on the new accountable care organizations that will help serve their entire patient base.
Walgreens is even extending their healthcare expertise beyond the retail patient. The chain most recently partnered with the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center on a bedside delivery program that will help boost adherence and compliance just before the last pieces of healthcare reform fall into place.
Another example of how Walgreens is helping to evolve what services are associated with pharmacy is its recent collaboration with Orlando Health. The services offered as part of that partnership will foster greater access to care, better coordination of care and an increase in patient awareness around all the healthcare services they can access through Orlando Health.
When you consider Walgreens’ worksite centers and specialty pharmacy services, Walgreens is so much more than just a pharmacy. Similarly, their customer base extends well beyond just the prescription-filling patient. So the days of Walgreens’ pharmacists and clinicians are numbered. They’re healthcare brokers now.
Harris Teeter acquires six Piggly Wiggly locations, and one future location, in the Charleston, S.C., market
MATTHEWS, N.C. — On the same day Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 22 Piggly Wiggly locations, Harris Teeter Supermarkets also acquired six Piggly Wiggly locations as well as one future location all in the Charleston, S.C., area.
The transaction is expected to be completed in October 2013. Harris Teeter plans to close the acquired stores for three to four days for stocking and training of employees. The pharmacies at the acquired stores will remain open throughout the transition, the grocer announced.
"Piggly Wiggly has a long tradition of operating customer-friendly stores in Charleston," stated Thomas Dickson, chairman and CEO, Harris Teeter. "These store locations and the dedicated associates who work in them make this an especially attractive transaction for Harris Teeter. We plan to remodel and expand a number of these locations to create brand new Harris Teeter stores to serve our customers," he said. "Charleston is a growing and vibrant market, and we look forward to continuing to expand our presence in the region."