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• The Detroit News reports that “the fate of the 66 remaining Farmer Jack grocery stores in southeast Michigan is uncertain with the chain's parent company -- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. -- reportedly shopping the locations to potential buyers.” It appears that the pressure on A&P to sell off Farmer Jack – it almost closed the chain two years ago – may have increased because of its pending acquisition of New jersey-based Pathmark Stores for $679 million.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that a new consortium of private equity companies – this one made up of Bain Capital, Apollo Management and Vornado Realty Trust – is considering making a bid for J. Sainsbury, the UK’s second-biggest grocery retailer. This would put the companies in potentially direct competition with a consortium comprised of CVC Capital Partners, Blackstone Group, Texas Pacific Group, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, which reportedly is looking at making a play for Sainsbury.

• Menu Foods, which makes a number of dog and cat foods, reportedly has recalled some 60 million containers of “wet” pet food after reports emerged about a number of dogs and cats that died after eating the contaminated food. While it is not known for sure may have caused the problem, reports say that the company was using wheat gluten from a new supplier, which has now been dropped and replaced.

• Ahold USA was honored over the weekend by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) for what is called “ongoing, innovative consumer health initiatives created to encourage Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables.”
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