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• The Arizona Republic reports that Ethos Water, the Starbucks-owned bottled water company that provides grants to help poor communities build their own clean-water systems, “has struck a deal with PepsiCo that will produce and distribute the drink to about 100,000 stores, including supermarkets. Ethos will share shelf space with big, mainstream water brands such as Dasani and Arrowhead.”

• The Miami Herald reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is “reviewing whether popular medicines like Tylenol Plus Cold & Cough and Infant Triaminic Thin Strips are safe and effective in treating children's colds and coughs.” The review is expected to take months, and has been prompted by concerns that OTC medicines may be harming children when taken in improper doses.

• Ahold’s Giant Food has opened a new “green” prototyope store in Urbana, Maryland, a Super Giant unit that is said to be state-of-the-art in terms of energy efficiency.

• Marks & Spencer in the UK reportedly is on the lookout for sites where it can open new Simply Food stores that will be about 50 percent bigger than the existing 21,000 square foot stores.

• The newly remodeled Superquinn stores, described as a “next generation” format being opened in Ireland, must be pretty nice – the first, in Blanchardstown, has won the ‘Store Design of the Year” award from Retail Week.
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