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Business First of Columbus reports that Kroger-owned Turkey Hill Minit Market plans to expand into Ohio by opening two ground-up units and acquire and rebrand five On The Run stores from the Gilligan Oil Co.

Pennsylvania-based Turkey Hill already operates 249 stores - all of but of them located in its home state. (The other is in Indiana.)

• CVS said yesterday that it will give customers in its Extra Care program a $1 coupon for every four times they use a reusable shopping bag. One wrinkle - customers will have to use the same bag, since a scannable card will be attached to the handle so that the chain can keep track of how many times it is used.
Advertising Age reports that Kellogg Co. has acquired technology that allows it to use lasers to etch its logo into individual Corn Flakes - and that it plans to use it in the UK as way of combatting so-called “fake flakes” - private label product that some people believe is made by Kellogg’s but actually is not.

According to the story, if the technology proves effective, it could be expanded to other products such as Special K and Frosted Flakes.

• Published reports say that Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to sell its eastern and central Europe operations to a private equity firm as a way of paying down the debt acquired when InBev bought A-B.
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