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• Sprouts Farmers Market announced plans to open its first stores in Tennessee and Missouri in spring 2015, as well as eight additional locations in Fort Worth, Texas ... Hoover, Alabama ... Lawrence, Kansas ... Owasso, Oklahoma ... Peoria, Arizona ... San Rafael, California ... Smyrna, Georgia ... and Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

The openings mean that Sprouts will operate more than 190 stores in ten states.


• The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) has announced that it is changing its brand identity, adopting as its new name the National Co+op Grocers (NCG). The changes, it said "better represent the organization’s role as a business services cooperative owned by more than 140 retail food co-ops working together to grow the cooperative economy and serve more people in more communities across the United States."
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