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• Beginning August 2, Brookshire Grocery Co.-owned Super 1 Foods stores began offering a few more options with the “Super Fun Lunch” box value meals. Taking a cue from the store’s NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, three lunches have been assembled to give parents a variety of nutritious items. The meals are prepared and sold in the store’s deli and are built to offer a nutritional lunch based mainly on NuVal scores.

The lunches, which retail for $2.59, are displayed next to a sign informing customers of the NuVal score of lunch components.

The NuVal system rates every food in the supermarket on a scale of 1-100 - the higher the number, the healthier the food.

• The Associated Press reports that “Kombucha maker Vibranz said its fermented tea is back at Whole Foods stores, marking the first return after the grocer pulled the products from shelves over worries they contained too much alcohol.”

Whole Foods removed all varieties of Kombucha from its stores in mid-June after concerns were raised that some of them had more than 0.5 percent alcohol, more than the legal limit for non-alcoholic beverages.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that “J.M. Smucker Co. plans to increase prices on an array of products in its coffee lineup sold in the U.S., specifically a majority of those under the Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts and Millstone brands. On average, prices tags on the affected products will see a 9% increase, the company said.”

The higher prices are a reflection of higher costs for unroasted coffee beans, which have gotten to be more expensive because of harsh weather conditions in Central America.
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