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• The Boston Globe reports that North Carolina-based The Fresh Market is teaming up with the New England Aquarium "to promote sustainable fishing practices and responsible aquaculture ... The Fresh Market said it will work with the aquarium to ensure that its seafood suppliers utilize responsible fishing and farming methods that maintain and preserve the ocean’s ecosystem."


• The Wall Street Journal reports that Dollar General is one of two companies - the other is BMW's US unit - accused by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of "improperly using criminal-background checks in hiring" by using them broadly rather than specifically, which "had the effect of discriminating against black applicants."


Bloomberg Businessweek has this note about a fast feeder on a fast path to continue growth:

"Subway is already the largest fast-food chain by store count, with 39,500 restaurants worldwide. But that’s nothing compared with its expansion plans in the coming years, as the sandwich maker projects adding more than 10,000 new stores by 2017 and openly discusses the prospect of getting to 100,000 by 2030.
Breakneck growth is nothing new at Subway. The company has added 11,000 locations to its all-franchise roster since 2007, and executives believe their appetite for expansion is far from sated."
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