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• The Charlotte Business Journal reports that this week Harris Teeter will open a new store in south Charlotte defined as an "eco-store with an environmentally friendly refrigeration store and energy efficient lighting in the freezer cases one of 34 stores with Energy Star certification, a list expected to grow to 60 by the end of the year.

• Starbucks reportedly will introduce a new branded energy drink into the marketplace – Starbucks DoubleShot, developed with PepsiCo and marketed both in its stores and in supermarkets and other retail formats. The move, according to CEO Howard Schultz, "represents Starbucks' entry into the energy beverage category, which is a multi-billion dollar market segment. Our entry offers a significant opportunity for us to complement our current customers’ lifestyles and reach out to new customers."

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo "are testing alternatives to a convenience-store icon: the 20-ounce bottle." Coke reportedly is testing both a 16-ounce and 24-ounce bottle, and PepsiCo is trying out 12-ounce and 16-ounce bottles.

The smaller sizes are designed to address consumers' health concerns and "waning thirst for giant-size sodas," while the larger size is priced in such a way as to be a "cheaper option to cushion the blow of high food and energy prices."

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