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• In West Virginia, the Wheeling News-Register reports that a dozen Kroger stores remain open despite the fact that unionized employees have voted down a contract offer from the retailer. The employees have authorized a strike, but negotiations continue and no strike date has been set.

• Winn-Dixie announced that it will begin featuring a weekly special promotion keyed to helping consumers "stretch their grocery dollars" as they begin receiving the government-issued economic stimulus checks.

• There are published reports that Unilever is looking to sell its $465 million Bertolli Italian olive oil and balsamic vinegar refining business – though with a twist. The company wants to sell the commodity side of the business but then license back the brand because it is a high-margin segment in which it has been successful.
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