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Crain's Chicago Business reports that Instacart, the personal shopping service that delivers products to San Francisco consumers from retailers that include Safeway, Whole Foods and Costco, and recently expanded to Chicago, has said that it won;t be delivering orders from Trader Joe's as promised.

"Instacart has temporarily stopped making deliveries from Trader Joe's while we work out a more formal relationship with the company," an Instacart spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail this morning. "In Chicago, we've now got Dominick's (with more to come) and in San Francisco we've got Safeway, Whole Foods and Costco."

Instacart traditionally does not represent retailers in the e-commerce space; rather, it shops for consumers and charges its own prices.


• Last week it was reported that McDonald's will offer fresh vegetables and fruits in addition to french fries in its Value Meals, and now Advertising Age reports that the fast feeder "will only list water, milk and juice as beverage options for Happy Meals on menu boards, in-store and external advertising. It will also utilize Happy Meal and "other packaging innovations and designs to generate excitement for fruit, vegetable, low/reduced-fat dairy, or water options for kids."

The move is part of a commitment that McDonald's has made to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association to reduce childhood obesity.


• The Wall Street Journal reports that "Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. intends to quickly ramp up pork exports from the U.S. as its top priority after Thursday's closing of its $4.7 billion acquisition of Smithfield Foods Inc., senior executives said.

"Shuanghui and Smithfield—whose tie-up marks the largest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company—already have begun integrating their international sales staffs. The global trading unit, centered in Hong Kong, will seek to expand sales of Smithfield's pork in China and other markets by leveraging Shuanghui's distribution network, executives said."
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