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• Following up on Safeway's recent announcement that it has created something called the Better Living Brands Alliance to market its O Organics and Eating Right product lines across all retail channels – including foodservice and global markets – the company said yesterday that it has chosen a number of licensees to be a part of the alliance. The companies include Lucerne Foods, Overhill Farms, Ready Pac Produce, and Schreiber Foods.

Crain's Chicago Business reports that Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld told shareholders this week that the company will raise its prices this year as a way of offsetting its increased costs and protecting profits and margins. Rosenfeld did not offer specific examples, but said that she expected the competition to do the same thing.

Dow Jones reports that JM Smucker has acquired ConAgra's Knott's Berry Farms food business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

• The Business Courier of Cincinnati reports that Supervalu is closing its Bigg's store in Cincinnati Mills, reducing the number of stores in that fleet to 11. The unit, one of the original hypermarkets in the US, "did not fit into the company's business plans for the future," the company said in a two-paragraph statement.

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