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• Published reports say that Unilever is shopping around its Skippy peanut butter brand. A sale could net between $300 million and $400 million.

The company is said to be selling off food assets so it can concentrate on the HBC segment.

• The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) yesterday called on California Governor Jerry Brown "to delay the implementation of proposed 'Safer Consumer Products Regulations,' also known as 'green chemistry' regulations, until a robust economic analysis is conducted to determine the economic impact pact of these regulations on California businesses."

GMA said that "these regulations affect nearly every product sold in the state of California, including a potentially wide array of food products packaging and nonfood consumer products.  They are open-ended and virtually unlimited in scope and they do not specify the range of products that will be regulated by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

The Wall Street Journal reports that McDonald's has filed a trademark filing that suggests the fast feeder plans to sell bagged ground and whole bean. This is addition to a filing earlier this year that indicated McDonald's could start selling branded sandwiches, oatmeal and other food products in venues that are not covered by golden arches.

McDonald's may just want to protect its trademarks. But my feelings is that if McDonald's tries to sell anything through supermarkets, no store should carry its stuff. This is about a hardball battle for share of stomach, and nobody should do anything to help McDonald's bottom line.
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