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• In West Virginia, the Charleston Gazette reports that Kroger has set up a system that allows its customers to “donate to the families of the fallen Upper Big Branch miners at each of the 128 stores in the company's Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes West Virginia, Virginia North Carolina and eastern Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Donations can be deposited in coin collection boxes at each register in all Mid-Atlantic Kroger stores. All money collected will be donated to the Salvation Army to help the families.”

Advertising Age has a story saying that Procter & Gamble increasingly is putting an emphasis on product design, making it a critical part of its brand-building functionalist, and forcing marketers to prove out how product designs work when on store shelves.

Convenience Store News reports that Casey’s General Stores, having just rejected an unsolicited takeover bid by Alimentation Couche-Tard as significantly undervaluing its assets, is itself acquiring 10 Holiday Stationstore c-store locations in Nebraska and Iowa. Bill Walljasper, senior vice president and CFO of Casey's, describes the move as a “very good tuck-in acquisition” that expands the company’s existing presence in those markets.

Casey’s already operates more than 1,500 c-stores in the US Midwest.
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