News Briefs

  • 4/1/2024

    Mingle Mocktails offers sparkling raspberry rosé beverage

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    New from Mingle Mocktails is a beverage that contains raspberry notes and a crisp, dry finish. 

    The brand announced the launch of its new sparkling raspberry rosé mocktail, which can be enjoyed on its own or as a mixer. 

    "We're excited to introduce another exciting flavor to our growing portfolio," said Mingle Mocktails Founder Laura Taylor. "Prepare to add a splash of pink to your summer with our latest zero-proof option, perfect for any occasion.”

    Mingle Mocktails’ new sparkling raspberry rosé flavor is available for purchase online and in select locations in a pack of four cans that retail for $13.99. 

  • 3/28/2024

    Grace Wethor, director, author, brain cancer survivor to address 2024 NACDS Annual Meeting

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    Grace Wethor – an award-winning director, best-selling author, and brain cancer survivor and advocate – is set to speak at the 2024 National Association of Chain Drug Stores  Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Wethor will present during the NACDS Luncheon on Monday, April 29.

    After being told she had six months to live due to an untreatable brain tumor at age 13, Wethor moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams in film. She gave her first TED Talk at age 15, wrote her first book at 16, spoke at the United Nations at 17 and released her first original docu-series at 18.

    Nine years later and still fighting, the young filmmaker hopes to use film to tell unseen stories and to show other young people that they can pursue their dreams despite their circumstances or illness.

    Wethor currently serves as an advocate for legislation related to brain cancer and pediatric health. She has visited the White House and Capitol Hill in support of bills that would bring more than $100 million in funding to youth healthcare.

    “We are delighted to welcome Grace Wethor to this year’s Annual Meeting,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “Grace has a profound and inspiring story to share. I look forward to hearing about her journey and her career, which continue to inspire so many. NACDS also looks forward to welcoming members to Palm Beach in just a few short weeks for another high-energy NACDS conference, which will provide unrivaled opportunity for connection and collaboration among industry leaders.”

    NACDS previously released that author, journalist and professor Walter Isaacson will speak during the Sunday Business Program on April 28. Author and social scientist Arthur C. Brooks is set to speak at the Tuesday Business Program on April 30. Additionally, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will address the NACDS Chain Members and NACDS Political Action Committee Breakfast on Monday, April 29.

    NACDS invites all chain and associate members to register and attend the 2024 NACDS Annual Meeting, to be held April 27-30.

  • 3/27/2024

    Shoppers Drug Mart’s Quo Beauty begins recycling program with TerraCycle

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    Shoppers Drug Mart is working to reduce plastic waste with its Quo Beauty color cosmetics line. 

    The retailer announced the launch of the Quo Beauty Cosmetics Free Recycling Program, which through a partnership with TerraCycle, will work towards introducing a solution for customers to recycle their empty beauty components. 

    “As we work to ensure all control brand packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2025, we continue to look for new and innovative ways to eliminate the use of single-us plastics for all product packaging,” said Pat Dean, senior vice president, category management, Shoppers Drug Mart. “We are proud to partner with TerraCycle as the first major retailer to offer a recycling program for a private label colour cosmetics line, offering more sustainable choices to Canadians and reducing our impact on the planet.”

    In addition, for each pound of waste shipped through the program, $1 will be donated to Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health, which helps create equitable and accessible care for all women in Canada. 

  • 3/27/2024

    Robert Downey Jr., Craig Dubitsky’s Happy enters ready-to-drink space

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    Happy Products, founded by actor Robert Downey Jr. and entrepreneur Craig Dubitsky, is expanding its portfolio with a new ready-to-drink collection. 

    Each 11-oz. can contains coffee made with 100% Arabica beans, as well as real milk and sugar, the brand shared.

    Available flavors include: 

    • Caramel Latte: contains notes of butterscotch; 
    • Mocha Latte: contains notes of cocoa;
    • Vanilla Latte: contains notes of marshmallow; and 
    • Cold Brew Coffee: contains notes of chocolate. 

    A store locator can be found on Happy’s website to find a retailer carrying its ready to drink coffee beverages. 

  • 3/27/2024

    Sanjay Gupta to speak at 26th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner at 2024 NACDS TSE

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    Sanjay Gupta is set to speak at the 26th Annual NACDS Foundation Dinner at the 2024 NACDS TSE on Aug. 17.

    Gupta is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and regularly contributes to

    Since 2001, Gupta has covered some of the most important health stories in the United States and around the world. On March 9, 2020, Gupta penned an op-ed announcing the network would refer to the novel coronavirus outbreak as a “pandemic,” ahead of both the WHO and the CDC. Throughout 2020 into 2021, Gupta reaffirmed his role as a trusted guide to viewers worldwide on navigating between facts and fiction surrounding COVID-19 and the pandemic.

  • 3/26/2024

    Ardell Beauty launches press on lashes with built-in glue bonds

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    Ardell Beauty is shaking up the lash category with a new launch that comes pre-glued and ready for application. 

    The Press On Lashes from the brand, which come in Naked and Winks extension styles, come with a glue bond built into the band for a quick, easy and mess-free application, the brand said.

    Dubbed the 'Lazy Girl Lash,' the four underlash extensions offer up to four wears and come in 30 individual lash clusters in varying lengths, including natural or soft volume effects, the brand said. 

    The press on lashes from Ardell Beauty are now available for purchase online, as well as at CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Target, Ulta Beauty and Sally Beauty Supply. 

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