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• The Sacramento Bee reports that in urging members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) to approve a tentative contract agreement reached with Save Mart Supermarkets, union leadership is saying that the chain "loses money at most of its stores," and that the agreement "includes concessions required to stabilize Save Mart's business."

The union says that based on the numbers it has seen, if it did not make concessions - such as suspending premium pay for Sunday and night work - then it would have faced store closures that would have resulted in job losses. Save Mart is not commenting.

• The Los Angeles Times reports that Starbucks plans to open its first Evolution Fresh juice bar in California this fall, when it opens one in San Francisco. The company currently has two in operation, both in the Seattle area, and plans to open a third there soon.

Starbucks says that the Evolution Fresh units are places where "juice experts craft fresh juice blends and serve up globally inspired recipes using fresh ingredients in a unique retail setting with convenient free local delivery." The cost is steep, according to the Times: "A 120-calorie, 16-oz. bottle of coconut water with pineapple runs roughly $5. The same amount of juice prepared by hand costs $8. Smoothies are $7."

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Nestlé SA is taking an undisclosed stake in a Colorado company that makes milkshakes for Alzheimer's patients that are designed to improve their memory and cognitive function.

According to the piece, "Nestlé has long been interested in the links between food and brain health. In 2006, it invested 25 million Swiss francs in a collaboration with ETH Lausanne, a leading Swiss technical university, to develop food products that protect the brain against diseases such as Alzheimer's. The company's interest in the field intensified last year with the launch of Nestlé Health Science."
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