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•  United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) said last week that it is extending its agreement with Amazon-owned Whole Foods to be the retailer's primary grocery wholesaler.

The deal now will run to September 2027.


•  ABC News reports that Lidl "announced the starting pay for all hourly workers at its Philadelphia area stores will increase to $15 an hour beginning April 15.

"Pennsylvania's minimum wage, which is the same as the federal one, stands at $7.25 an hour. This has been the amount since 2009."

"Lidl's new starting wage for the Philadelphia area is more than double the current minimum wage in the state. It is among the highest starting wages for grocery retailers in the city," Lidl said in a press release.