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  • While members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in Seattle who work for Albertsons, Safeway and Kroger-owned QFC and Fred Meyer have approved a new contract there, other members of UFCW Local 367 – who work for companies that include MegaFoods, Top Food & Drug, Summit Trading, Stadium Thriftway, Metropolitan Markets and Saars Market – reportedly have voted to reject the contract offer.


  • The California's Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling, allowing a class action suit to proceed against Albertsons’ Sav-on Drug Stores division.

    The suit, filed on behalf of between 600 to 1,400 people employed by Sav-on in California between 1996 and 2001, alleges that the company should have paid overtime to managers who worked more than 40 hours a week.


  • The Cincinnati Post reports that Kroger is expanding its market share in that region ,growing it from 44.6 percent of sales at the beginning of the year to 53.9 percent, taking advantage of the fact that Winn-Dixie closed many of its Thriftway units there.

    According to the Post, Meijer and Bigg's “also lost market share. Meijer's share of the Cincinnati market slipped from 14 to 12.6 percent; Bigg's share dipped from 10.2 percent to 8.4 percent.” And Wal-Mart currently has just 2.7 percent of the area grocery market.


  • Core-Mark Holding Company, the c-store supplier that formerly was a wholly owned subsidiary of Fleming Cos., announced that it has emerged from the Chapter 11 reorganization process.

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