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• The Virginian-Pilot reports that European discount grocer Lidl "will start hiring 800 people across Virginia this week," for locations in 12 Virginia markets.

Lidl has said it will open its first US stores this summer.

• The Associated Press reports that "Wendy's says it plans to install self-ordering kiosks at about 1,000 locations by the end of the year," with current plans to install three kiosks per location.

Company CIO David Trimm tells the AP that "the kiosks are intended to appeal to younger customers and reduce labor costs," as well as "allow customers of the fast food giant to circumvent long lines during peak dining hours while increasing kitchen production."

Reuters reports that French produce company Bonduelle has reached an agreement to acquire Ready Pac Foods, the privately held California company that produces fresh, prepared salad mixes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to the story, "The Ready Pac deal would make the United States the largest market for the company, which is headquartered in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France."
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