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• Supervalu-owned Shaw’s Supermarkets announced the launch of “nutrition iQ,” described as “an in-store nutrition navigation system ... developed to help customers make better-informed food choices right at the grocery store shelf.” Supervalu has previously used the system in other banners that include Albertsons, Cub, Acme and Jewel-Osco.

• Walgreen Co. has announced an agreement with a company called PNI Digital Media that will allow the retailer to offer consumers an online stationery service, allowing them to create and customize unique cards, invitations and other printed material, including personalized photo books and photo calendars, wedding invitations and business cards.

• John L. Davis of A & R Supermarket and Dennis Stewart of Piggly Wiggly Alabama  Distributing Company were presented with the National Grocers Association's (NGA) Spirit of America Award at the Alabama Grocers Association Annual Convention in Sandestin, Florida. The awards, presented by NGA’s Director of Government Affairs, Greg Ferrara, were given in recognition of their involvement in community and civic affairs and in praise of their support and leadership of Alabama grocers. 

• Delhaize Group announced that it has acquired the 450-store Serbian retailer Delta Maxi for the equivalent of $1.34 billion (US).
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