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• The San Antonio Business Journal reports that HE Butt has acquired three Texas Albertsons stores, in College Station, Kerrville and New Braunfels.

The Kerrville store reportedly will be converted to the HEB banner, while the other two will be closed and leased to other retailers because they are in communities where HEB has recently opened new stores.

• The Chicago Sun Times reports that Roundy’s is scheduled to open its first Mariano’s Fresh Market supermarket in the Windy City today, the third to be opened in the region and “one of 20 it plans to open within the next five years.”

The Chicago store is located at 3350 N. Western Avenue. A second Chicago city store is slated to open sometime next month.

• The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and its Associate Member Council (AMC) has awarded General Mills and Batter Blaster with the 2011 CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity. The award is given annually to companies that have demonstrated creativity, innovation, and have made a significant impact on the industry knowledge base.

General Mills and Batter Blaster were presented the awards today during the Leadership Luncheon at the GMA Executive Conference in Colorado Springs.

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is teaming with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) on a three-year initiative to reduce food waste.

According to the announcement, the program will be guided by executives from both the retailer and manufacturer segments, and will seek to both increase composting (as an alternative to landfills) and send more non-purchased food to food banks.
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