Area Company Shows How Inclusion drives Innovation

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When Burnsville-based Apothecary Products needs to get orders packaged and out to clients quickly, they have a unique workforce standing by ready to help: MRCI.

Apothecary Products is a leading innovator, manufacturer, marketer, and supplier of simple self-care solutions, pharmacy supplies and wellness aids. Apothecary Products provides consumer packaged goods products found in major retailers worldwide. Products packaged, in part, by MRCI clients.

“There have been multiple benefits in using MRCI,” says Kristine Clausen, Director of Human Resources for Apothecary. “Through the relationship with MRCI, we are able to manufacturer our products achieving our customers’ expectations on quality and value. Plus, part of our culture here at Apothecary Products is our commitment to caring, as our corporate values spell out “We Care”. So we see this partnership as an extension of that.”

On average, 25 MRCI clients support the Apothecary Products team onsite daily at the Burnsville headquarters.

“Our team members here really do a good job of making the MRCI clients feel like an extension of the team,” she says. “They are not segregated, they are right on the floor with everyone else. They all eat lunch and take breaks together. They help make us better!”

Apothecary Products also hosts employment appreciation events that always include MRCI talent and staff which shows MRCI workers how much they are appreciated and truly are part of the team. Apothecary believes in MRCI’s mission and goes well “above and beyond” to ensure success with that mission.

Apothecary Forecast Manager Kent Halvorson has fostered the MRCI relationship for a number of years. “It’s a good way for APL to help the community by giving MRCI individuals the opportunity to work and in return we get a good value for the work, including price and quality”. Kent also said a benefit of the relationship is how pricing is structured. He indicates that pricing with APL is by the unit versus labor hour.”

Rhonda Kalal, who is in charge of business development for MRCI in the South Metro, says one of the best things about MRCI’s long-time employment relationship with Apothecary Products is the trust and reliability that has been built amongst the two teams.

“Through cooperation and good communication, almost all of our clients can participate at some level.” Kalal says. “Together we share needs and find solutions. We appreciate the cooperation, efficiencies and how well this company communicates with us.”

In addition to the onsite work crews, Apothecary Products also provides a great deal of work for multiple MRCI sites within the metro area and in southern Minnesota. At MRCI Shakopee alone they provide MRCI with around 50,000 different items per month to package.  The many employment opportunities provided through Apothecary are vital to the success of so many individuals, giving them a chance to become trained and skilled for community work.

Tony Ryan, a buyer/planner for Apothecary says MRCI’s willingness to be flexible and ability to adapt to changes has been crucial to the success of the partnership.

“MRCI greatly benefits APL by extending our internal and external Production capabilities by providing a very cost effective and flexible work force. Because of the type of products we sell and the customers we are in business with our demands for items will drastically increase or decrease from week to week, this makes planning very difficult but MRCI has a very large pool of clients at several different locations that gives APL a huge extension to our internal work capacity in a very short notice so we can fulfill customer demands,” Ryan says.

In turn, MRCI appreciates Apothecary’s willingness to reach out when needed.

Kalal says, “Apothecary’s inclusion mentality runs throughout the organization and is evident in the way they treat our clients like their own employees at the site. Their culture of inclusion is also evident in the way they take time to work with us if there is ever a problem. MRCI and Apothecary Products are definitely in this together and we so appreciate their partnership and dedication!”

Winners of NACDS Total Store Expo Product Showcase Announced

Boston – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) today announced the winners of the 2016 NACDS Total Store Expo Product Showcase. Products ranging from health and beauty to seasonal items were on display in the “Product Showcase” on the exhibit floor. The Showcase provided increased visibility for suppliers to market their products to retailers.

Evaluated by the retail attendees, winners of this year’s “Product Showcase” are:

Baby Care:
Company: Oilogic
Booth: Booth 1959
Name of Product: Oilogic Essential Oil Care

Company: Mondelez International
Booth: Booth 2133
Name of Product: Oreo Thins

Cosmetics & Fragrances:
Company: SinfulColors / Pure Ice
Booth: Booth 1041
Name of Product: SinfulColors

General Merchandise:
Company/Booth: Navajo Incorporated
Booth: Booth 1651
Name of Product: Qi Wireless Charger

Company: Apothecary Products
Booth: Booth 1153
Name of Product: Ezy Dose Easy Fill Pill Planners

Home Healthcare:
Company: 23andMe
Booth: Booth 2431
Name of Product: 23andMe Personal Genetic Service

Household Products/Non-Edible Consumables:
Company: EO Products
Booth: Booth 965
Name of Product: Everyone Aromatherapy

Personal Care/HBC:
Company: OraLabs, Inc.
Booth: Booth 881
Name of Product: Waterless by Gillette Venus

Pharmacy Operations Equipment & Services:
Company: First Databank, Inc. (FDB)
Booth: Booth 2446
Name of Product: Meducation

Pharmacy Products:
Company: Dexcom, Inc.
Booth: Booth 2923
Name of Product: Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

Photos of the Product Showcase, as well as of other aspects of the NACDS Total Store Expo, are available via Flickr.

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Apothecary Products Finalizes Acquisition of Health Enterprises

Leading Consumer Health Products Company Expands Portfolio

MINNEAPOLIS, August 2, 2016 – Apothecary Products, LLC, a leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of consumer healthcare products and pharmacy supplies, has announced the acquisition of Health Enterprises, Inc. based in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Health Enterprises develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of consumer health products under the Acu-Life® brand, as well as private label. Health Enterprises will operate as an independent business unit of Apothecary Products.  There will be no significant changes to day-to-day business operations for the foreseeable future.

Nathan Hanson, President and CEO of Apothecary Products, stated, “We are very excited to bring these two complementary companies together. This acquisition reinforces our core market position in medication management while greatly enhancing our eye, ear and injury care portfolio. Additionally, through combined best practice and insight sharing, our abilities are greatly enhanced to provide innovative self-care solutions for consumers and greater growth to our customers. I have great admiration for the Health Enterprises team and their ability to deliver meaningful innovation that truly benefits customers and consumers.  I would like to personally thank Glenn Leman, former owner and CEO of Health Enterprises, for his leadership and vision in building a truly strong organization.”  Mr. Leman will continue in a consultative role within the new organization.

“We are excited about the opportunity to leverage the strengths of both organizations to better serve our customers and consumers with innovative solutions,” stated Brendan Leonard, President of Health Enterprises. “Our expanded portfolio and combined expertise in delivering consumer preferred solutions will provide a strong platform for future innovation and growth.”

About Health Enterprises:
Health Enterprises develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of consumer health products under the Acu-life® brand, as well as private label. The portfolio includes pill reminders, oral syringes, ear plugs and first aid products. Health Enterprises was founded in 1973 and is based in North Attleboro, Massachusetts and currently partners with customers in over 50 countries globally.  Visit to learn more.


About Apothecary Products:
Apothecary Products is a category innovator offering both branded and private label solutions to customers that include the majority of the US retailers (food, drug, mass, club), independent pharmacies and wholesalers with an international presence in over 80 countries. Apothecary Products’ brands Ezy Dose®, Flents®, Protechs® and Wipe ‘N Clear® are market leaders in the medication management, pharmacy supply and eye, ear and injury care categories.  Apothecary Products is headquartered in Burnsville, Minnesota and has several strategic manufacturing partners in the U.S. and internationally. Visit to learn more.

Press Release – Apothecary Products® Expands Consumer Health Portfolio with Acquisition of Santa Barbara Medco

December 17, 2015, Burnsville, Minnesota – Apothecary Products LLC, a leading innovator, manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of consumer healthcare products and pharmacy supplies, has acquired St. Paul, Minnesota-based Santa Barbara Medco LLC (SBM) from Summit Medical, LLC. The acquisition closed on December 16, 2015.

SBM develops, manufactures and markets its Physicians’ Choice® brand of Ear products for both medical professionals and consumers. SBM’s broad range of products include ear wax removals, foam ear plugs, ear drops, ear putty ear plugs, neoprene head bands and ear healthy dietary protections. SBM was founded in 1980 and was originally based in Santa Barbara, California.

Nathan Hanson, Apothecary Products President and CEO, stated, “On behalf of the entire Apothecary Products team, we are excited to have SBM join our family of product offerings. Not only do the products complement and strengthen our consumer health business, but they also augment our presence within the Eye and Ear product categories within several of our key retail customers.”


Apothecary Products offers customers both over-the-counter consumer products and behind-the-counter pharmacy supplies, spanning across three categories, including pharmacy supply, medication management, and home healthcare. Led by its medication compliance line of products, Apothecary Products is a category innovator offering both branded and private label solutions to our customers who include independent and national retail pharmacies, food, club and mass retailers, distributors and wholesalers worldwide.
Apothecary Products is headquartered in Burnsville, Minnesota and has several strategic manufacturing partners in the U.S. and internationally. Please visit to learn more.