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• The Charlotte Business Journal reports that "Harris Teeter is the first in the country to offer U.S. Department Agriculture-certified Very Tender beef. The Matthews-based grocer started labeling its Harris Teeter Reserve Angus beef brand with that certification this week. It will apply to cuts such as rib-eye, strip-loin, short loin, tenderloin and top blade."

NamNews reports that it is indicative of broader consumer trends in the EU that "the fast-growing discounter Lidl has become the first food retailer to rack up 10 million Facebook fans in Europe after only launching a social media presence outside of Germany (in the UK, Spain, Ireland, Holland, Croatia, Romania and Finland) just over two years ago … In contrast, Carrefour came in second place with 6.3 million Facebook fans. Tesco was third with 4.4 million, whilst its main rival Aldi has just 1.6m."
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