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• The Dallas Morning News reports that The Container Store, the store-and-organization retailer that is much lauded as being one of the best places to work in America, “has hired financial advisers to "explore strategic alternatives including a potential sale of the company.”

According to the story, even if The Container Store is sold, its four senior executives – co-founder and chairman Garrett Boone, co-founder and CEO Kip Tindell, chief merchandising officer Sharon Tindell, and president Melissa Reiff, all say they would like to remain with the company.

Business Week reports that “the supply of organic milk is expected to spike in 2007 due to a one-year grace period on a federal rule change that mandates dairy farmers use 100 percent organic feed. For years, farmers looking to move to organic milk have been able to feed cows 80 percent organic feed and 20 percent conventional feed in the year before they become certified as organic farmers -- an allowance that brought transition costs down since organic feed can be 40 to 50 percent more expensive.” The 100 percent rule goes into effect later this year.
KC's View:
We have to admit that we don’t completely understand the rationale behind a rule that says that, even temporarily, organic milk doesn’t have to come from cows fed 100 percent organic feed. And we’d be willing to bet that most customers wouldn’t understand that, either.