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• In the UK, the Telegraph reports that Sainsbury will open its 594th convenience store this week - which means that it now will have more c-stores than supermarkets.

According to the story, Mike Coupe (no relation), Sainsbury’s group commercial director, said "the milestone was a reflection of how consumers are increasingly looking to shop little and often, rather than focusing on one weekly shop."

The Telegraph also reports that "Sainsbury’s sales beat Asda for the first time in a decade at Christmas after a surge in December sales," which for the period put Sainsbury in second place to Tesco. The story says that "Sainsbury’s growth was faster than Tesco, Asda and Morrisons, but also Waitrose."


• The Wall Street Journal reports that Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is changing the company name to Keurig Green Mountain in "recognition of the increasing importance of the single-cup brewing system that made it famous … Green Mountain acquired Keurig, known for its K-Cup and associated brewers, in 2006 after years of working together. Since then, Green Mountain has maintained its position as the dominant player in the fast-growing single-serve coffee market."


Salon reports that the US Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit "filed by farmers and seed companies that sought to prevent (Monsanto) from suing them in the case that their fields became inadvertently contaminated with its patented line of crops … Monsanto has filed over 140 lawsuits against farmers for intentionally planting its seeds without paying royalties and settled 700 others cases. But Monsanto promised that farmers found with trace amounts of its seeds — defined as less than 1 percent — would be left alone."
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