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• The Sacramento Bee reports that Corti Brothers, described as a “landmark” gourmet grocer serving that city, is being forced out of the location it has occupied since the early seventies. According to the story, the store is being replaced by “Good Eats, a gourmet bistro-market planned by a partnership that includes Michael Teel, former chief executive of West Sacramento-based Raley's Stores.”

Corti Brothers has been in business at various locations since 1947; at one point it had four stores, but in recent years only had the single location.

Company president Darrell Corti tells the Bee that he is seeking a new location.

• The Chicago Tribune reports that Supervalu-owned Jewel-Osco plans to introduce a new program called Prescription Plus that will reward pharmacy customers with a 10 percent discount on grocery purchases for every five prescriptions filled in its stores.

• The Conference Board's July index of consumer confidence rose slightly to 51.9 from 51 in June, leading some analysts to suggests that concerns about the economy may be easing. A bit.

• The Dayton Business Journal reports that Dorothy Lane Markets “is withdrawing raw ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli and is warning customers to check their freezers.”

The contaminated meat was processed in the same facility that has been implicated in the broad beef recall that has affected Kroger. The sJournal writes that “Dorothy Lane's ground beef supplier, Golden, Colo.-based Coleman Natural Meats, has used the processing plant on a temporary basis.”

• Delhaize-owned Food Lion said yesterday that it has begun a mobile marketing tour to support its launch of the Guiding Stars nutritional labeling program.

“Along with the interactive 18-wheel trailer retrofitted in the Guiding Stars’ signature lime green color, the entire vehicle and crew are part of an exhibit designed to engage potential shoppers and community members in making better food choices for proper nutrition and wellness,” the company said, noting that “the exhibit’s exterior activity features the ‘Star Sprouts Kid Zone’ with kid-friendly activities to help educate and entertain children and their families. With nutritious snacks to a coloring station and temporary tattoos for the younger family members, the kid zone also provides a cool resting place for parents.”

Guiding Stars evaluates every product in the store and then awards one, two or three stars to products that meet certain nutritional criteria for being good for you, better for you and best for you.

• Restaurant chain Bennigan’s will close its approximately 200 company-owned units as it files for bankruptcy. Franchise units will remain open for the time being.

Mervyn’s, the 176-store mid-tier department store chain, also has filed for bankruptcy, though it remains in business while it reorganizes.

• The New York Times reports that Dunkin’ Donuts will introduce a new line of healthier items called DDSmart, which will “include all current and new items that either have 25 percent few calories, sugar, fat or sodium than comparable products or contain ingredients that are ‘nutritionally beneficial,’ the company said. Current products that will join the new sandwiches on the menu include a multigrain bagel and a reduced-fat blueberry muffin.”

• Published reports say that Kroger has been hit with a second lawsuit related to an E. coli outbreak connected to ground beef sold by the company.

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Coca-Cola Co. has for months “been working quietly to perfect prototype beverages using Chinese herbal cures,” a project that some say could be as important to the company’s future as the original Coke formula was to its beginnings 122 years ago. One analyst says that Coke is looking to create “the new product for the new millennium.”

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