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• Albertsons-owned Shaw’s said yesterday that it plans to close four underperforming stores next month, three in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire.

The Boston Globe quotes the company as saying that it is “focused on growing our business by being the favorite local supermarket, and running great stores where people love to shop.”

Shaw’s has more than 150 store locations in New England.

It would be my perception, based on both observation and conversation, that Albertsons’ Shaws and Star Market division in New England is one of those assets that needs some significant investment if it is going to be relevant to its shoppers, much less their favorite store.


• The Associated Press reports that a Washington, DC, judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) against Unilever - charging that its Ben & Jerry’s brand “ misleads consumers about its environmental practices” - can move forward, saying that the suit “alleges facts sufficient to advance a plausible claim.”

The OTA says that Ben & Jerry’s “uses advertising to create a false perception that the ice cream maker is ‘committed to a clean environment and high animal welfare standards.’ The nonprofit says most of the milk used in the ice cream doesn’t meet its standards for animal care, and farms supplying the company are polluting lakes.”
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