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  • Nash Finch is denying rumors that it plans to sell or close some or all of its 109 supermarkets in the Midwest.

  • Karl Sheffield, the former president of the National Association of Wholesale Grocers of America (NAWGA, which is now part of the Food Marketing Institute) was given the J. Frank Grimes Award Tuesday by IGA Inc.

  • Raley's, in Northern California, reportedly plans to open its first combination c-store/gas station this week. Called "Aisle 1," the concept is located next to a traditional Raley's supermarket and is being tested for a possible rollout in other locations.

  • The Washington Wine Commission - which represents a state that has more than 275 wineries, 300 wine grape growers and 28,000 vineyard acres - plans to launch its first national advertising campaign, aimed at competing more effectively with California's wine industry.

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