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• The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider this week legislation that would ban the use of plastic shopping bags by all of the city’s supermarkets that generate more than $2 million a year in sales. These stores would be required to offer bags made from recyclable paper, compostable plastic, or plastic suitable for reuse.

The legislation has been endorsed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

According to reports, the legislation has been proposed because of accusations that a voluntary effort – undertaken as an alternative to a 17-cent per bag tax - by the city’s supermarkets failed. The California Grocers Association (CGA) disputes this conclusion.

• Published reports say that two different consortiums are in the process of bidding for Ahold-owned US Foodservice, which could go for as much as $6 billion if sold.

One group is made up of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, while the other consortium consists of Bain Capital, Blackstone Group, and Wellspring Capital Management.

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Coca-Cola Co. has “reorganized its North American operations in an effort to ‘transform our business for the future,’ according to an employee memo released by Coke Friday.

“’Coca-Cola North America will create three new business units — "Sparkling Beverages, Still Beverages, and Emerging Brands,’ wrote Sandy Douglas, president of North American operations.

• In the UK, the Sunday Telegraph reports that William Morrison Supermarkets is undergoing a makeover, changing both its logo and its slogan – “more reasons to shop at…” – as it looks to further differentiate itself from the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury and Wal-Mart’s Asda Group. The rebranding effort could extend to opening smaller stores – a new format for the company - in select communities, albeit stores that would be larger that Tesco’s popular Express units.
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