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• The Lakeland Ledger reports that Publix Super Markets had a pretty good 2015 - in fact, it "officially improved on its record-breaking 2014." The mostly employee-owned retailer had $32.4 billion in sales for the fiscal year that ended Dec. 26, up 5.9 percent compared to the year earlier. Publix's annual net earnings were $2 billion in 2015, compared to $1.7 billion in 2014.

The story notes that as other chains in the southeastern US have been retrenching and closing stores, Publix is expanding its geographic reach and opening stores.


• Albertsons Companies announced that "it will be working with its suppliers toward a goal of sourcing only cage-free eggs for its store operations by 2025, based on available supply."

The company said it is making the move "not only as part of its ongoing commitment to animal welfare but also in response to customer buying habits."
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