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• The Charlotte Business Journal reports that Publix may be about to open its first North Carolina store, near Charlotte, as it continues its expansion efforts in the southeastern US. The story notes that Publix seemed to be considering such a move more than 15 years ago, but changed its mind.

USA Today has a piece about the benefits of a gluten-free diet, which are being trumpeted even by people (including celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Isaiah Mustufa, the Old Spice Guy, who may not be gluten-intolerant, but say that eliminating it from the diets has given them more energy and helped them control their weight.

According to the story, “U.S. sales of gluten-free food has more than doubled since 2005 to over $1.5 billion, according to the market research company Packaged Facts. And the growth spurt is expected to continue at least through 2012.”
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