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06/24/2021

Rite Aid seeks clean-ingredient own brand partners

The drug store chain is hosting a virtual summit to hear pitches from selected suppliers on whole health, clean products.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Rite Aid is hosting its first Clean, Green and Better for You virtual product summit on July 29, looking to find suppliers across food and beverage, health and beauty care and general merchandise that support whole health and include clean ingredients — including for their portfolio of owned brands.

Suppliers have until just Sunday, June 27, to submit an application for consideration to have a virtual, face-to-face meeting with a Rite Aid buyer. Suppliers can go here to submit.

The virtual process is being managed via ECRM and RangeMe. The platform recently helped Albertsons find diverse suppliers and has been working with several retailers all year long to virtually connect, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company was named a Game Changer by Store Brands in a special report this month.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for brands with clean ingredients to get exposure to Rite Aid buyers as the retailer seeks to incorporate healthier options into its assortments," said Wayne Bennett, SVP of retail for ECRM. "We're thrilled that RangeMe and ECRM will be working with Rite Aid's merchant team to help facilitate this process."

The Camp Hill, Pa.-based retailer has a range of store brands including daylogic, Big Win, Simplify, dreamhouse, B4Y and more.