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• The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports that Supervalu’s Save-A-Lot division plans to spend $24 million to build a 325,000 square foot distribution center in Lexington, North Carolina. The facility, according to the story, “is meant to support Save-A-Lot’s growth in North Carolina and surrounding states. Save-A-Lot already has 17 stores in the Tar Heel State. It plans to open another eight this year, as well as six in South Carolina.

“The chain presently has 1,200 stores in 39 states; it plans to double that number over the next five years.”

• The Associated Press reports that Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald told a shareholders meeting this week that “ P&G added 200 million users of such brands as Pampers diapers and Olay skin cream last year, for 4.2 billion globally,” which he said puts the company on-track for its goal of having a total of five billion consumers in five years.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that an ad battle is expected to break out between the companies in the single-serve coffee business, with Nestle’s Nespresso and Kraft’s Tassimo both looking to gain traction in the burgeoning category that currently is used by just seven percent of US households.

The potential is a big one: The Journal notes that 60 percent of coffee machines are sold during the end-of-year holiday season, “though companies make most of their profits selling the containers or ‘pods’ that hold the coffee.”
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