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• The Wall Street Journal reports that "Groupon Inc. is acquiring online and mobile food ordering and delivery service OrderUp, enhancing its local food and drink business ... OrderUp operates in areas including Baltimore and Denver, and several cities with large student populations like Bloomington, Ind."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

• Food Lion announced that it is "giving one customer at every store, every day, the opportunity to win up to $100 in free groceries during the grocer’s 'MVP Free Grocery Giveaway'." The company says that "more than 15,000 winning customers will enjoy immediate savings of up to $100, not to exceed their grocery bill, at checkout, through this 'pay it forward' program."

I wonder if Food Lion might be better off just paying everybody who shops at its stores $100 in exchange for them signing an "I will never shop at Aldi or Lidl" pledge card...
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