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Gourmet Retailer reports that Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel told analysts recently that “the company is on track to remodel more than 240 stores this year with the expanded grocery, or P Fresh, areas. ‘By the end of the third quarter, we expect to have more than 450 general merchandise locations, with the P Fresh assortment and presentation,’ he said.”

• More than 300 full-time employees have gone out on strike at Mott’s plant in Williamson, New York, complaining that the company - owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group - demanded wage cuts even while enjoying $550 million in profits.

The workers say that they chose this moment because May is a particularly busy season for applesauce processing, and the facility being struck is the only one that makes Mott’s applesauce.

• Nash Finch has announced that it has completed the “significant expansion” of its Lima, Ohio, distribution facility, which allows it to triple the frozen volume shipped from the warehouse. At the same time, the company announced the closure of a Bridgeport, Michigan, distribution center, the capacity of which will be transferred to the Lima facility.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that ConAgra is aiming “to reinvent the lowly sweet potato for mass consumption, starting with its shape and sugar content ... When it opens this fall, ConAgra's first new U.S. plant in years will turn sweet potatoes into French fries, waffle fries and other products. ConAgra thinks it is the first factory dedicated to sweet potatoes in North America ... ConAgra executives hope that new, improved sweet potatoes will fuel growth and profit in its $2.2 billion potato business as well as with its Healthy Choice and other retail brands, where sweet potatoes increasingly are part of the mix.”
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