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• Associates of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic Division have ratified an agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 204, covering 2,000 associates working in 18 stores.

Bloomberg reports that PAI, a private equity group, is considering splitting its Yoplait yogurt business into two entities - one that “would manage the yogurt maker’s brands and international licenses, while operations would be handled by a separate company.” The move is aid to be in preparation for a possible sale of a 50 percent stake in the business.

• The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that a new, 4,300 square foot IGA supermarket is planned for the downtown area in a space formerly operated as a McDonald’s; it would be the only downtown supermarket, the paper says, since a Rosebud Market closed last March. The store will focus on fresh and prepared foods.

"Our business model is that bigger is not always better," says Wayne Hancock. "It's not going to be big, it's not going to be fancy; but it's going to be fast, and it's going to be friendly."

• Weis Markets announced the introduction of its new Market Street deli line, which it says is “a high quality sliced deli meat program offering customers artisanal quality at an affordable price. All Market Street products are trans fat, gluten and MSG free. The initial roll includes nine main-stay items and is expected to nearly double over the next twelve months to include cheeses, dips and spreads.”
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