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• The Medfield Press, reports that Roche Bros. will open a small format store there, its first, probably sometime next year. No word yet on what the store will be called or what elements will be included, but the unit is expected to be convenience-driven.

While there were a number of proposals for the property, Greg Salvatore of Salvatore Capital Partners, which owns the location, said, "We made the decision to go with Roche Bros, because, number one, we thought they would be the best choice to create vibrancy for the downtown and create an activity that could go into the evening hours."

Just a quick note here ... the Medfield Press has the coolest name for its website - "Wicked Local." I just thought that this kind of ingenuity is worth noting.

• The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports that Wegmans has opened its Amore Italian Restaurant, adjacent to its East Avenue store in Rochester (though it is "envisioned" as a separate operation).

The story describes the restaurant as "a sitdown, 85-seat restaurant along the upscale lines of Wegmans’ Next Door Bar & Grill on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford. It is immediately adjacent to, and linked by indoor access, to the new 87,000-square-foot market. The grocery and pharmacy opened on May 19 to replace the outmoded and much smaller former East Avenue store."

• The Associated Press reports that SodaStream, which manufactures a home machine that allows consumers to turn tap water into carbonated water and then make their own soft drinks by adding concentrated flavor packets, has struck a deal with KitchenAid, which will now manufacture and market an upscale version of the technology.

Also on the SodaStream front, PepsiCo reportedly has denied that it is in negotiations to acquire the company.

• The New York Times reports that Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has made lifestyle issues - banning smoking from most public areas, encouraging bicycle riding, trying to reduce the size of sugary soft drinks - a hallmark of his three terms in office, now is making food composting a priority.

According to the story, "Recent pilot programs in the city ... have shown an unexpectedly high level of participation, officials said. As a result, the Bloomberg administration is rolling out an ambitious plan to begin collecting food scraps across the city, according to Caswell F. Holloway IV, a deputy mayor.

"The administration plans to announce shortly that it is hiring a composting plant to handle 100,000 tons of food scraps a year. That amount would represent about 10 percent of the city’s residential food waste."
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