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by Kevin Coupe After 21 years of doing this, the following story seems like the perfect MNB Eye Opener… The New York Times reports on a German study in which scientists fed 10 cows industrial hemp with high levels of THC, and then observed that “compared with cows that received the usual diet of corn […]
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The Artist Tree chain of licensed cannabis stores in California is shaking up the dark, often intimidating dispensary experience with a retail concept that highlights the natural synergy between cannabis and art. Described as “an art gallery that happens to sell cannabis,” each of the brand’s five stores feature rotating displays of local art alongside […]
  1. Department: HBC
NEW YORK — Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) announced the winners of the 29th Annual Beauty Creators Awards at a networking event and awards luncheon on November 11, 2022. One of the industry’s most esteemed beauty awards programs, the event honored the year’s best and most innovative products across 33 categories from more than 1,000 entries, chosen by an esteemed group of […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
CHICAGO — The exhibit floor of PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show opened here yesterday with more than 1,400 exhibitors and 2,300 booths. Attendees filled the aisles to discover the hottest new foods, beverages, nonfoods, personal care, household goods and much more. Themed “Consumers Are Back in Charge,” the show kicked off Nov. 13 with educational […]
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This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares his thoughts on how Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange FTX came crashing down like a house of cards. He then explains what Disney’s earnings reveal about a streaming market headed for consolidation, and why HBO makes for an appealing acquisition target. And in this week’s Unpack, we check […]
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Yesterday we quoted a Benjamin Lorr op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times in which he wrote about the Kroger-Albertsons merger: “The supermarket industry is trapped in an unsustainable model, “chasing higher and higher volume to fund cheaper and cheaper prices. Which by necessity means grocers are always looking over their shoulder at their competition. […]
  1. Department: HBC
Circle K, a Canada-based convenience store and gas station operator, announced it was partnering with Green Thumb, a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, to sell its products at a handful of Circle K locations next year. About 10 “RISE Express”-branded dispensaries will open adjacent to Circle K stores in various Florida locations, Green […]
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis retailer Green Thumb has partnered with Circle K to launch an initial 10 RISE Express medical dispensaries adjacent to Circle K stores in Florida. The agreement allows Green Thumb to lease space from Circle K in Florida, where the c-store retailer operates approximately 600 locations, to offer patients a selection of branded cannabis products. […]
  1. Department: HBC
Countries around the world are adopting a more tolerant approach to cannabis use. In 2018, Canada legalized the non-medical market, resulting in the contribution of billions to the country’s national GDP. Criminal convictions for cannabis-related crimes dropped, while a multimillion dollar industry emerged. Although they aren’t yet as progressive as their neighbor, marijuana for recreational […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK  — PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 13-15 in Chicago, will have a strong exhibitor presence of nonfood suppliers of everyday essentials, such as OTC medicine, baby care, personal care, health and wellness, pet care and household goods, among others. More than 500 booths devoted to nonfoods will be on display at […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
UberEats is offering home delivery of cannabis products to customers in Toronto that are 19 and older. Lola Kassim, general manager for UberEats Canada, said the service “will help combat the illegal market and help reduce impaired driving.”
  1. Department: HBC
TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Starting tomorrow, Monday, October 17, Torontonians can order safe, legal cannabis and get it delivered straight to their homes thanks to a partnership between Uber Eats (NYSE: UBER), a global leader in ecommerce and delivery technology, and Leafly…
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis retailer Ayr Wellness has named former Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) executive David Goubert as President, effective Nov. 1. In his new role, Goubert will oversee the company’s operational and commercial functions, including production, supply chain, retail, wholesale and marketing. Goubert will report to Ayr’s Founder and CEO Jonathan Sandelman. Goubert was President and Chief […]
  1. Department: HBC
President Joe Biden said that he plans to ask the Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Health “to initiate the process of reviewing how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.” Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug, the same classification as opioids. Publicly traded companies in the business of growing and selling […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Walmart allegedly fired an employee in New Jersey after he tested positive for marijuana in a pre-employment screening test. The worker in question, Eric Zanetich, had not even reported for his first shift at the chain when he was let go. Marijuana consumption is legal in New Jersey and the state’s law makes clear that […]
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis is in growth mode: the industry posted sales between $24.5 and $27 billion in 2021 and reached an estimated 11,800 retailers in 2022, according to data from the MJBiz Factbook. A Gallup poll found that 68% of Americans believe marijuana should be legal and 16% of adults aged 26 and over used cannabis in […]
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Do you own an independent brick and mortar shop or spa that focuses on wellness? Or planning to? Well, there is a new beauty and wellness category that’s taking the world of retail by storm — CBD and Cannabis — that’s compelling retailers everywhere to take notice.   Fast Fact: The global CBD Market is […]
  1. Data & Insights
These Trends Are Shaping the Pet Industry Each year, SuperZoo reminds us why it’s a must-attend show for anyone in the pet industry. In addition to meeting plenty of four-legged attendees, SuperZoo showgoers get a first look at new products hitting the market, learn how innovative brands are shaping the industry, and get to talk […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Kimberly Bryant is officially out from Black Girls Code, eight months after being indefinitely suspended from the organization that she founded. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, a Black Girls Code spokesperson writes that it “believes the decision to remove Ms. Bryant as CEO and as a board member is in the best interests of […]
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis dispensary operator Planet 13 has adopted identification scanners for increased compliance and security. These are synced with the software provider’s AI-powered VeriScan Online Enterprise technology to accurately and quickly authenticate government-issued documents while also gathering important consumer data. The identification scanners are connected to each of Planet 13’s 16 check-in stations at its […]

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]