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Irish Central reports that “Kevin Westley, the Irish American man who successfully lobbied his local Walmart to stop selling t-shirts labeling the Irish as drunks in the lead-up to St. Patrick's Day is now taking on Walmart corporate for the offensive Irish t-shirts the megastore company is selling on their website.”

Westley is using social media to urge sympathetic consumers to protest against Walmart. He says on Facebook that "in 2016, 2017 and 2018 local Walmart stores did not sell any offensive stereotypical drinking T-shirts for St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately, the Walmart website is selling offensive drinking Irish stereotype shirts for 2018.  I have called and tried to contact them through the website several times.  Never get a reply … If you agree with me, please call Walmart corporate office on their toll-free line at 1-800-925-6278.”


• The Associated Press reports that Hannaford Supermarkets is facing a possible strike by 250 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) at its distribution center in South Portland, Maine. The employees, their contract ended last Saturday, rejected the company’s most recent contract proposal and voted to go on strike.


• The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has announced that it is moving its headquarters from McLean, Virginia, and will be moving into the same offices as the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), in Arlington, Virginia. The two trade association said in a statement that they “are eager to explore additional operational efficiencies and ways to enhance member value from both organizations vested in the success of frozen foods and beverages.”

AFFI and FMI will also join forces during the upcoming AFFI Frozen Food Convention (AFFI-CON) on Monday, March 5, in Las Vegas, with FMI president/CEO Leslie Sarasin slated to deliver the Industry Spotlight address: “The State of Food Retail and What It Means for Frozen.”


• The BBC reports that KFC has closed more than half its 900 stores in the UK for one simply reason.

They’re running out of chicken.

The company is blaming “operational issues” at delivery service DHL for supply problems, without saying when the problems would be rectified.

Guess they felt they didn’t absolutely, positively need chicken overnight. Bold move.
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