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• The Chicago Tribune quotes the new president of Jewel-Osco there as saying that things are the chain are "getting better, but we've got a long way to go." Shane Sampson, who took over the presidency of the company last month, says that he's visited more than 100 of the chain's stores in that time and is "constructively dissatisfied" with what he has seen.

The goal, Sampson says, is to improve both the company's fresh foods and customer service profile … and he has to do so at a time when the competition is getting tougher (from the likes of Mariano's, Whole Foods, Heinen’s Fine Foods and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market), even though the major competitor - Dominicks - has abandoned the market.


• The Huffington Post reports that Chipotle plans to raise its prices across the board for the first time in three years.

According to the story, "The price hikes aim to address pretty much the only problem that roiled Chipotle during what was an otherwise pretty good quarter: Food inflation. The prices of beef, cheese and avocados have all reached elevated levels in recent months and are expected to stay high. As a result, Chipotle executives felt it was time to pass the cost onto customers."
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