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• The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that at the company’s annual meeting this week, Kroger’s shareholders rejected five shareholder-sponsored proposals, all opposed by the board of directors. According to the story, the proposals called for the company to develop a comprehensive policy addressing climate change, to report on its policies on toxic chemicals and other product safety issues, to establish a specific pay-for-performance executive compensation plan, to give purchasing preference to poultry suppliers who use "controlled atmospheric killing" and to phase out the sale of eggs from hens who are confined to small cages.

According to the Chronicle, “Kroger Chairman and CEO David Dillon that the company was already following or moving toward many of the policies promoted by the proposals but that the company disagreed with the methods proposed.”

• Supervalu CEO Jeff Noddle said yesterday at the company’s annual meeting – held for the first time in Boise, Idaho, that the company is consolidating its Boise operations to house SuperValu's technology and Intermountain Region division that oversees operations in Idaho, Washington state, Oregon and Montana. Noddle said that the company plans no further job cuts in the Boise marketplace, though he noted that “we're always been careful to say that we have a business to run. Needless to say, we're in a very competitive environment, and the economy is more challenging than anybody would have thought.”

Shareholders rejected a proposal by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that urges vendors to use a more humane method of killing chickens than the current method of scalding them alive,” according to a story in the Idaho Statesman.

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