CVS Caremark is opening a handful of MinuteClinic locations this year in Fort Wayne, Ind., as the pharmacy prepares for an increase in patients newly insured under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. MinuteClinic and other retail clinics expect more people with high-deductible insurance for whom routine doctor visits are still a financial stretch. "Instead of going to the emergency room, they can get care at reasonable cost," MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer Nancy Gagliano said.
Interesting flavor combinations and pouches that young hands can hold and squeeze are replacing the single-flavor, single-serve glass jars of old. "Where moms may have stopped baby food at 9 to 12 months, the pouches have really helped extend the shelf life of baby food," said Maureen Putman, chief marketing officer at The Hain Celestial Group, which makes Earth's Best baby food. "We see growth for a long time to come."
Inventories at U.S. wholesalers increased 1% in February to $438 billion, according to the Commerce Department. Sales of wholesalers dropped 0.8% in February, while the inventory-to-sales ratio was 1.16.
Celebrated chef Paul Bertolli is creating ready-to-heat dishes for Costco. Less than $14, the meals serve five people and include organic polenta, penne Bolognese, beef braised in Zinfandel with vegetables, and turkey meat loaf.
Marsh Supermarkets is building a 65,000-square-foot store in Fort Wayne, Ind. The store, Marsh's first in the area, will have lower ceilings, shorter aisles and organization will be more intuitive than other stores.