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NamNews reports that Canada’s Metro Inc. has forged a new deal with Dunnhumby,
“aimed at improving consumer loyalty through the development and implementation of more customer-centric strategies. Metro said the venture will help it to ‘be even more relevant to customers, to be more targeted in our efforts and to be more efficient in our marketing’.”

Advertising Age reports that Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid brand “is introducing a new packaging design for its mainstream global juice businesses, which include the Minute Maid, Del Valle, Andina and Cappy brands. When the rollout is complete, the new packaging will cover half of the juice portfolio's volume.” According to the story, the new design “features a stack of fruit, with a slice of the fruit balanced on top. It is meant to bring consumers closer to the fruit, the tree and the grove, as well as improve the products' shelf appeal at the point of sale.”

The re-design, Ad Age writes, was done independent of Pepsi’s disastrous decision to redesign the Tropicana juice packaging, which eventually was reversed because of consumer reaction. However, Minute Maid execs say they were mindful of what happened and were careful not to do anything that would disrupt the brand’s equity.

Bloomberg reports that Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel is saying that the company may open smaller stores as a way of gaining a presence in urban markets.

“We know that consumers in dense urban areas love Target,” Steinhafel says. “We have to work harder at trying to get a smaller Target in those areas.”

Bloomberg reports that Royal Ahold CEO John Rishton “is confident the owner of the U.S. Stop & Shop grocery chain will stay independent amid speculation its 2.5 billion euros ($3.7 billion) of cash may attract buyers.”

Rishton tells Bloomberg: “We haven’t spent all this time, trouble and effort to strengthen our business and recover, and get ourselves into a very strong position, to become a takeover target. Having too much cash isn’t a problem, frankly.”
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