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• The National Grocers Association (NGA) this weekend, at its annual show in Las Vegas, presented Roger Collins, CEO of Harps Food Stores in Arkansas, with the Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

In addition, Jason Cooper, director compliance & government relations for Brookshire Grocery Co., Tyler, Texas, was presented with the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award; Trig Solberg, chairman of T.A. Solberg Co., was given the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award; and Ronald Graff Jr., VP store operations for Columbiana Foods Giant Eagle,was presented the NGA Spirt of America Award.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that "Campbell Soup Co. started selling the first line of organic soups under its namesake brand, seeking to boost lackluster soup sales and broaden its push into the fast-growing natural-foods segment. The Campbell’s Organic line is composed of six soups - including Chicken Noodle and Creamy Butternut Squash - five of which are also gluten-free."

• The organic and natural food grocery store Earth Fare announced that it will open its first Michigan store, in Portage, on February 25.

The announcement notes that Earth fare "markets itself as the provider of the freshest produce, seafood and meats, and it touts its scratch-baked organic breads, made in-house deli options and knowledgeable staff. Its stores are full-service supermarkets that also sell frozen food, dried goods, beer, wine, vitamins and herbal supplements."
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