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• The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the move by Kroger to acquire Harris Teeter for $2.5 billion could lead to two very different groups attempting to stop the sale - Harris Teeter shareholders who think they should get more money in the sale, and competitors who could make higher bids for Harris Teeter as a way of preventing Kroger from getting a foothold in Harris Teeter's markets.

• The New York Times reports this morning that even as major food manufacturers are "prodded by consumers, regulators and politicians" to make healthier foods, they also are using the services of trained chefs - in addition to food technologists - to do their best to make sure the food actually tastes good.
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