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• The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Supervalu will eliminate 80 jobs from its Virginia office and distribution center, a result of the Ahold acquisition of Ukrop’s Super Markets. Ukrop’s was a Supervalu customer, but Ahold will be doing business with C&S Wholesale Grocers.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that “a shortage of tomatoes from weather-battered Florida is forcing restaurants and supermarkets to ration supplies amid soaring prices for America's most popular fresh vegetable.” Some restaurants and fast food chains have been eliminating tomatoes from their sandwiches and other recipes for the foreseeable future - when 70 percent of the tomato crop was destroyed by cold temperatures, it increased the cost of a 25 pound of tomatoes from $6.45 a year ago to $30 today.

• The Los Angeles Times reports that on a new study, published in Health Affairs, saying that “from 1977 to 2006, American children have added 168 snack calories per day to their diets, a study finds. They're munching cookies after school, granola bars on the way to piano lessons, chips after an hour of soccer practice and peanut butter and crackers while waiting for dinner. For some, those extra 1,176 calories a week could amount to as much as 13 1/2 pounds of body fat a year,” and account for as much as 25 percent of their daily calorie intake.
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