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• Winn-Dixie announced on Friday that its shareholders had voted overwhelmingly in favor of its acquisition by Bi-Lo, thus completing the $560 million sale of the company that was founded in 1925. The deal creates an organization with 690 stores and 63,000 employees in eight states, and that is expected to continue operating under both banners.

Peter Lynch, CEO of Winn-Dixie, is leaving the company. Randall Onstead, CEO of Bi-Lo, now takes the reins of the combined organization.

• The Chicago Sun Times reports that Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson is pushing the chain drug giant’s “growth in largely unseen and under-served areas — providing both medical care and fresh foods in food desert neighborhoods and expanding the hiring and training of people with physical and mental disabilities.

According to the story, “The company’s commitment to the so-called ‘food desert,’ where residents lack access to affordable fresh-food within a mile or so, includes working with Chicago’s urban farmers to increase the amount of food they provide to Walgreen’s 12 stores with expanded fresh-food departments in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.”

Food Safety News reports that Campbell Soup Company will end the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in its cans, even though it believes the chemical does not cause cancer. The company said it was reacting to public concern and that some of its packages already have made the shift.
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