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United Supermarket debuts new United Express format

BY CSA STAFF

Lubbock, Texas — United Supermarkets officially entered the convenience market on Wednesday with the opening of its first United Express location, in Lubbock, Texas. It is the company’s first standalone convenience store.

The location includes a six-pump fuel station and will feature fresh offerings along with the traditional items guests would expect to find at a convenience store.

“Our goal with United Express is to take the offerings and products such as prepared foods which have been most successful in our A Taste of Market Street stores, as well as those on-the-go convenience items, and blend them where guests will see traditional offerings with a unique United flair,” explained Chris Bridgford, the company’s director of fuel and convenience operations.

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Designer line finds exclusive home at Safeway

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PLEASANTON, Calif. –Safeway Inc. announced that has teamed up with design expert Debi Lilly to launch an exclusive new line of entertaining and home décor products.

The first products will be launched under the brand name Debi Lilly Design just in time for Mother’s Day 2011, Safeway reported. The line will include beautiful and inspiring floral arrangements, elegant vase collections, contemporary scented candles, and a variety of other home décor and gift items. They will be accompanied by tips from Lilly on entertaining and décor, both in-store and online.

Lilly’s credits include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC News, as well as features in In Style, Brides and People.

"We understand that our customers have a desire to entertain and decorate with style," said Joe Ennen, SVP consumer brands. "Now they can find products from an acclaimed entertaining and design expert – all at affordable prices and at the convenience of their local Safeway."

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Walgreens gets weight-loss product exclusive

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Walgreens announced that it has partnered with NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products to launch an exclusive line of “The Biggest Loser”-branded meal alternative bars and shakes. According to a company press release, the line of products, named for the popular NBC weight-loss reality show, will be offered in all of the more than 7,600 Walgreens stores nationwide beginning in May.

The shakes and meal bars were developed with the guidance and oversight of “The Biggest Loser’s” nutrition expert, Dr. Michael Dansinger, and contain 10 grams of protein per item. In addition, the shakes, which come in milk chocolate and creamy vanilla, contain several vitamins and minerals, while also being low ind sodium and preservative free. The meal bars are availablein four flavors, including: banana nut bread, chocolatey coconut, cinnamon apple turnover and peanut butter chocolate chip, and contain a half serving of fruit, as well as no preservatives.

“We offer a broad selection of food and snacks for our health-conscious customers and these products provide a convenient ‘good-for-you’ option at a competitive price,” said Bryan Pugh, Walgreens VP merchandising. “The addition of this line also complements the many health and wellness programs and initiatives we’re bringing to our stores to help consumers stay well.”

The Biggest Loser products were first unveiled on April 6 in New York City at a launch event for the Walk with Walgreens program. The event was hosted in part by The Biggest Loser host, Alison Sweeney, who is a national spokesperson for Walk with Walgreens.

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