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• The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Schnucks, spurred on by an increase in demand for gluten-free products over the past year, plans to add a number of SKUs manufactured by Beck’s Gluten Free.

“Thanks to our new partnership with Beck’s, we are now able to extend our selection of national and private brand products that carry the ‘gluten free’ label to include fresh baked goods and prepared foods,” Larry Maggio, director of marketing services at Schnucks, tells the paper.

MSNBC reports that “Starbucks Corp.'s Via instant coffee has hit $100 million in sales since its debut 10 months ago,” and now “has a 30 percent market share of the $330 million premium single serve/pod coffee category.”

• The New York Times reports that after 14 years of planning to build a store in Orange, Connecticut, Stew Leonard’s has finally faced the reality that local opposition is not going to go away...and the company will sell the property and move on to other, more welcoming locations.
KC's View:
Which might actually be big news if the New Haven Register and MNB had not reported it back in early June.