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  • The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus reportedly has asked Ahold-owned Tops Markets to stop using market basket comparisons, saying that the chain is “unable to support” the claims it was making. Tops disputes the board’s conclusions, and says it will just take the recommendations “into consideration” when making future comparisons.


  • Marsh Supermarkets reportedly will open a third “Lifestyle” store this week, a 66,000 square foot concept that features perishables in the core and grocery products on the perimeter.


  • In Canada, the House of Commons is considering a bill that would ban processed trans fats in all food products. Only Denmark has made such a move, which actually is in line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.


  • The Washington Post reports that a combination of floods, hurricanes and pestilence has resulted in “a national tomato shortage that has sent prices climbing like a vine seeking light. With costs up and quality down, some national restaurant chains are reconsidering their marketing strategies to keep the thought of juicy, tender tomatoes off customers' minds, or switching recipes to make up for the absence of certain hard-to-find varieties.


  • Various studies conducted by researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Rush University in Chicago and the University of California-Los Angeles all indicate people who eat oily fish at least twice a week seem to experience fewer cases of brain maladies such as Alzheimer’s Disease.


  • The Associated Press reports that Texas A&M food scientist Ralph Waniska is developing ways to change the chemical structure of flour tortillas in a way that would allow them to remain unrefrigerated for more than a month without losing their taste.


  • A 78-year-old man in Ohio this week took some pennies that he’d been saving down to the local supermarket, where he put them in a Coinstar coin cou8nting machine.

    No big deal, you say. Except that Gene Sukie had been saving the pennies since 1970 and had collected five tons of them – resulting in $10,480 worth of pennies.

    Coinstar said, in a classic bit of understatement, that it was a record.

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