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• The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports that there is investor interest in Supervalu these days, a company that it says “trades cheaply compared to other rivals. It might be a takeover target, or it could break itself up and sell off its discount Save-A-Lot stores (which would likely get plenty of interest) and use the cash to invest in its other chains.”

• Washington State-based Haggen, which has been closing stores and which recently sold a majority share in the company to a private equity group, said yesterday that it will unveil a new format store - a rebranded Top Foods store that “seeks to introduce the Haggen philosophy of ‘Northwest Fresh’ it has cultivated in Bellingham to its other stores throughout the region with a core focus on the brand pillars of homemade, delight and community.”

According to the announcement, “Some of the highlights of the changes taking place at the Bellevue Haggen include: Convenience store feature inside the front door where customers can easily get their must-have items such as milk, eggs and coffee without having to walk through the entire building. Bellingham-centric ‘store within the store’ specialty shops including: Lummi Fish Market, Chuckanut Deli and Mt. Baker Bakery.”

• Guiding Stars - the nutrition labeling system that gives CPG products one, two or three stars to products judged, according to a proprietary and patented algorithm, to be good, better and best for you - announced that it has signed a deal to launch its system at New Orleans-based Langenstein’s, which operates two stores in the area.
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