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  • As previously reported on MNB, Ahold’s Peapod online grocery service has begun selling more than 200 Wild Oats-branded products, part of a broader alliance between the two companies that has Ahold’s Stop & Shop division testing a Wild Oats store-within-a-store concept in three or four locations.

  • Coca-Cola reportedly will launch a new energy drink, dubbed Full Throttle, early next year. The product will be positioned to compete with Red Bull.

  • Published reports say that Coca-Cola Co. is reducing the price of its C2 mid-calorie cola drink so that it is just 20 percent more expensive than its Classic cola. To this point, it has been priced 40 percent higher, but analysts believe that the price difference has slowed the product’s sales growth.

  • In the UK, William Morrison Supermarkets reportedly plans to sell as many as 120 of its smaller stores to Somerfield as part of its plan to dispose of some units acquired when it bought Safeway Plc earlier this year. The deal could generate the equivalent of more than $400 million (US) for Morrison.

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