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  • Local press reports say that Robert Miller, chairman of Rite Aid Corp. and the former CEO at Fred Meyer, is part of an investment group that has acquired two Bales Thriftway stores in the Portland, Oregon, area. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Robin L. Thomas, formerly of Unified Western Grocer's Oregon division and United Grocers, reportedly has been named CEO of the new company.

  • In Canada, the CanWest News Service reports that “farmers and the federal government are creating a new agency that will use technology to track production of every major commercial livestock species, in a bid to safeguard herds from diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

    Beginning early next year, livestock and fowl “will be identified using mandatory radio-frequency microchips, and possibly also bar coded ear or crate tags. The animals will be monitored from the moment they're reared, each time they're sold, through to their inspection at the abattoir or at the border as they are exported live.”

    The system is described by the government as “one of the most technologically advanced and comprehensive in the world.”

  • The European Union (EU) has filed a complaint against the United States and Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO), charging that the two North American countries have illegally enforced sanctions against the EU because of its ban on beef treated with hormones.

    While the ban on hormone-treated beef has been relaxed by new EU legislation, both the US and Canada have refused to lift the sanctions, saying that there is no evidence that treated beef poses a threat to public health.

    The next step is 60 days of “formal consultations,” after which, if there is no resolution, a formal case will be filed with the WTO.

  • Royal Ahold today announced that it will move its corporate headquarters in The Netherlands from Zaandam to the country's capital, Amsterdam.

  • Jones Soda Co is launching a limited edition holiday pack of five new seasonal flavors which includes: Green Bean Casserole Soda, Mashed Potato & Butter Soda, Fruitcake Soda, Cranberry Soda and Turkey & Gravy Soda. All the product have zero calories and zero carbs.

KC's View:
Not to mention, from our POV, zero appeal. Mashed Potato Soda? Green Bean casserole Soda? Yuck.

Sorry guys. This just doesn’t work for us.