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• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Starbucks is developing a new strategy that will “use its coffee shops as a testing ground to get more products into grocery stores ... The company also plans to leverage the licensed Starbucks cafes located inside supermarkets and Target stores by sampling new products that it hopes will entice consumers to then pluck them from the store shelves. Starbucks will open more licensed stores in 2011 than company-owned stores.”

• The Poughkeepsie Journal reports this morning that the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) is suing Ahold-owned Stop & Shop, accusing its rival of falsely advertising that its prices are nine to 19 percent cheaper than A&P’s.
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