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• The Orlando Business Journal reports that Lucky's Market, which which Kroger recently announced a strategic investment, will open its first Orlando-area store this summer.

Lucky's currently has Florida stores in Naples, Gainesville and Coral Springs, with plans for Plantation, Neptune Beach, Melbourne and Tallahassee.

Colorado-based, 17-store Lucky's Market currently operates stores focusing on "natural, organic and locally grown products" in 13 states.


• The Wall Street Journal reports that "a new study shows that concentrated laundry-detergent packets are more dangerous to young children than other kinds of detergent, and were involved in two deaths and another two dozen life-threatening poisonings in 2013 and 2014. The research, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found U.S. poison control centers received more than 37,000 calls in those two years involving children younger than six who were exposed to laundry and dishwasher detergent packets."

The story notes that "manufacturers have so far have resisted additional steps such as changing the formulation or appearance of the packets themselves, which critics say too closely resemble candy or toys. Many of the packets are currently still sold in plastic resealable bags that some say resemble food pouches."
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