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• Burger King said yesterday that about 7500 of its franchised stores - or about 75 percent of the fleet - have decided to phase out the sale of Satisfries,a low-fat french fry menu items that was introduced less than a year ago as a way of addressing customers' nutrition and obesity concerns. The remaining 2500 will keep selling Satisfies as a regular menu item.

The reason was simple - while 100 million customers tried them, too few bought them on a regular basis to make them a chain-wide staple. Which means that while people may have said they were worried about nutrition and obesity issues, at the end of the day they were not willing to change their consumption behavior.


• The Associated Press writes that Kellogg "will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.

"Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them. The company said it will report annually on those emissions and include climate and deforestation policies in the company’s code of conduct for suppliers."


• The Chicago Sun Times reports that Walgreen Co. "s expanding its Healthcare Clinic network into the Dallas-Forth Worth market. The Deerfield drugstore company opened its first clinic there July 28 and plans to open 13 more by the end of this year … The company has more than 400 Healthcare Clinics in 23 states and Washington, D.C."


• The Charlotte Observer reports that Lowes Foods "plans to close two Charlotte-area stores, as the supermarket chain continues shifting its store portfolio away from Charlotte … The company is also closing two supermarkets in Cary and West Jefferson."

In 2012, the story notes, "Lowes Foods sharply reduced its presence in and around Charlotte by swapping stores with Harris Teeter. The company sold 10 stores to Harris Teeter, in exchange for six Harris Teeter locations in smaller markets such as Asheville and Gastonia and $26.5 million." One of the stores being closed was a Harris Teeter locations that switched to Lowes Foods.
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