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• The Florida Times-Union reports that Bi-Lo Holding has decided to contract out all buying, warehousing and transportation functions for its Winn-Dixie chain to C&S Wholesale Grocers, which has been handling those duties for the Bi-Lo stores since 2005.

The announcement says that all Winn-Dixie employees engaged in those functions will become employees of C&S.

Reuters reports that pork producer Smithfield Foods is saying that "it will soon raise half of its hogs on feed that does not contain the additive ractopamine, a lean muscle promoting drug that has been banned in China and Russia."

According to the story, "China, the world's largest pork consumer and the third largest market for U.S. pork with sales of over $800 million last year, wants pork from the United States to be verified by a third party from March 1 to be free of ractopamine, an additive that promotes lean muscle growth ... Russia, which imported $550 million worth of U.S. beef, pork and turkey last year, has banned imports of meat from the United States due to the presence of the food additive."

Advertising Age reports that "Bonnier Corp. has sold Parenting, Baby Talk and Conceive magazines to Meredith Corp., which will close them and begin sending their subscribers its own parenting and baby magazines instead, the companies said on Tuesday." Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

They can rationalize this any way they want. The simple fact is that over the coming years, we're going to see a lot of print magazines either closing or being absorbed into other publications, as the digitization of media continues to have an impact.
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