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• The Phoenix Business Journal reports that WinCo Foods is spending almost $12 million in cash "for a massive west Phoenix lot where it plans to erect an 800,000-square-foot warehouse within the next year and bring about 300 jobs to the Valley ... WinCo plans to break ground on the warehouse next month and expects to wrap up within the next year."


• Wegmans announced yesterday that it is continuing its policy of creating seasonal price freezes on a range of products. The new list contains more than 65 items, and includes meat, seafood, produce, grocery, dairy, bakery, frozen foods and deli, as well as organics and private brands.

The price freeze on these items will last until August 24.


• The Associated Press reports that New York-based Fairway, with 12 stores in the metropolitan area, said yesterday that "it is ready to go public in hopes of raising up to $164 million. Fairway Group Holdings Corp. said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it expects its stock to price in the range of $10 to $12 per share. The company is selling 13.4 million shares and stockholders are selling another 286,436."

Fairway says it plans to use the proceeds from the IPO for new stores and "other general business purposes."


• The Sandusky Register reports that unionized employees at 26 Kroger stores along the I-75 corridor in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky have ratified two one-year contracts that "protect livable wages and affordable, quality health care and benefits ... The new agreement includes no increase in weekly co-pay and no change in benefits over the term of the contract; it also introduces a health risk questionnaire program."


• In the UK, The Grocer reports that Aldi has opened its first convenience store in North London, described as a 7,000 square foot unit that is targeting "a slice of the burgeoning convenience market, which is becoming dominated by Tesco and Sainsbury’s."


CBS News reports that Wrigley is getting push back from some doctors on its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, which "is supposed to pack a big punch of energy," but that could create health problems for people who ingest too much caffeine.

“Anyone who’s had problems with arrhythmias, rapid heart rates really should not use excessive amounts of caffeine, and this kind of product, I would definitely not recommend,” says Dr. Daniel Hyman, the chief of internal medicine at Cooper University Health Care.

Wrigley, CBS notes, "says there’s clear labeling about the caffeine so consumers can make an informed decision."
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