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• Publix Super Markets said yesterday that it plans to open what will be its 12th GreenWise Market in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2021. It is the second GreenWise announced for St. Johns County.

There currently are three GreenWise stores open, with three more slated to be opened by the end of the year.

GreenWise Market is described by Publix as "a specialty, natural and organic store featuring items for the health-conscious and gourmet foodies. The store is divided into experience zones. EATS is a large prepared foods area that is home to gourmet pizzas, burrito bowls, chef-created sandwiches and a selection of heat and eat main courses and sides. Items are created using organic meats and cheeses, and vegan options are available. In POURS, customers can purchase beer, wine, coffee or other beverages to enjoy while they shop. CUTS is home to organic and sustainably sourced meats, including in-house smoked meats and sausages. In FINDS, customers can discover new items, great beer and wine, and gourmet options for a charcuterie platter."

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Coca-Cola will begin selling a Coke-branded energy drink in the US beginning early next year.

The launch follows the clearing of a legal hurdle with Monster Beverage Corp., the story says. "Coca-Cola Energy is already available in 25 countries, including Japan and Australia. Energy-drink maker Monster, which counts Coca-Cola as a distribution partner and a significant shareholder, had sought to block the sale of the energy drinks in the U.S. citing a noncompete agreement." But Coke won an arbitration battle earlier this year and now is free to bring the item - in several flavors and in both regular and diet varieties - to the US.
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