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• Published reports say that PepsiCo is testing a new “green” vending machine in the Washington, DC, area, that uses 15 percent less energy that traditional machines and emit 12 percent less greenhouse gas – though they are more expensive than the old boxes. The new machines have been lauded by Greenpeace and if tests are successful, they could be rolled out globally in a couple of years.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that “Sara Lee Corp. said it is exploring options for its international household and body-care business, including a possible sale, after receiving expressions of interest.”

The company has been in the process of selling its lower growth businesses, but didn’t name the companies from which it received expressions of interest.

• The Greenville News reports that as Bi-Lo restructures its finances under the supervision of a bankruptcy court, Ahold – the former owner of the chain - has offered a financing package that competes with the $100 million worth of financing arranged by GE Capital.

According to the story, Ahold offered “Bi-Lo $35 million in debtor-in-possession funding, but the package rivals GE Capital’s bid in terms of new money available to Bi-Lo.”
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