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Advertising Age reports that Starbucks has struck a deal with PepsiCo that will result in its Ethos bottled water, until now only available in Starbucks stores, being distributed to more than 40,000 stores around the country.

For each bottle of Ethos sold, five cents is contributed to the Ethos Water Fund, which is sued to benefit water-stressed countries; the brand's goal is a donation of $10 million by 2010.

• Nash Finch has announced that it is settling a securities fraud lawsuit for $6.75 million, which will be put into a fund used to repay people who bought stock in the company between Feb. 24, 2005 and Oct. 20, 2005.

The St. Paul Business Journal writes that the suit was filed after Nash Finch “issued revised earnings guidance on October 20, 2005. The lawsuit challenged, among other things, the public statements the company made about its acquisition of certain assets from Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. The company denies any wrongdoing.”

• Netherlands-based Schuitema has confirmed its intention to sell 56 stores – and a majority stake in the company – to Ahold. Ahold will pay the equivalent of about $132 million to make the acquisition, according to reports.

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