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• PepsiCo and Unilever have struck a deal with Starbucks that will bring the retailer’s Tazo bottled ice tea line national beginning in mid-October. At present, the teas are only available at Starbucks locations.

• A new study in Australia says that sugar-free Red Bull, the energy drink, “can increase the risk of stroke or heart attack – even in young people – by making the blood sticky, a precursor to cardiovascular problems,” according to a story on BevNet.com.

• Canada Safeway announced that a new five-year collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by its employees represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The UFCW represents some 8,000 Canada Safeway employees in British Columbia, and the retailer said that the new contract “provides wage and benefits increases for our employees while allowing Canada Safeway Limited to remain competitive in its operating markets.”

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