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• Target said yesterday that it plans to expand its ‘Pfresh’ concept to 380 additional stores this year, and also plans to open its first CityTarget urban small-store format in 2012.

USA Today reports that Procter & Gamble “will raise prices to cope with a run-up in commodity costs. The maker of Tide, Pampers and other consumer products would not disclose the size of the increases. It said it will release details in coming months.”

• The Seattle Times reports that Frito-Lay thinks it has a solution to the environmentally friendly SunChips bag that many consumers complained was too noisy. The company, under pressure from consumers, switched bag to its original, non-environmentally friendly bag in October, but now has found that if it “used a different adhesive to put together the two layers of a bag - one which protects the food on the inside and one which carries the logo and labels on the outside - it created a sort of noise barrier.”
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