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• The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that “MillerCoors LLC has begun testing the sale of $20 draft-beer systems for consumers to drink at home, part of a string of new products and package innovation from beer giants grappling for market share in a crowded, slow-growing industry.” The company “has begun testing the 1.5-gallon ‘Home Draft’ for its biggest brands -- Miller Lite and Coors Light -- in about a half-dozen cities, including Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego. The boxed product … is designed to fit into refrigerators for drinkers to consume periodically, rather than for one-time party use.”

USA Today reports this morning that “more retailers are accepting food stamps, as a record number of consumers are turning to government aid to pay for groceries. Nearly 39 million people received food stamps — now known as Electronic Benefit Transfers — in April 2009, up about 20% over April 2008. Retailers ranging from some Costco stores (to) 7-Eleven to Target are moving quickly to cater to cash-strapped customers.”
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