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WHEC-TV News reports that "Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and Teamsters Local 118 announced Saturday that after months of negotiating that included weekend meetings, the two sides have come to a tentative agreement that will be put before the members of the bargaining unit for ratification ... The two sides resumed negotiations on Friday, October 11, to resolve the expired labor agreement covering 900 warehouse workers, drivers and skilled tradesmen at the company’s headquarters in Rochester."


• The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that "Remke Bigg’s will drop the Bigg’s name and become Remke Markets, the company has announced. The name change will allow the supermarket operator to clarify its brand for customers at its 13 locations in Ohio and Northern Kentucky ... Remke has been owned and operated by the same family that started the business in Covington since 1897. In 2010, it acquired seven Bigg’s stores from Supervalu, which doubled the company’s size."


• The Los Angeles Times reports that Del Monte Foods "is selling its consumer products business, which includes canned Del Monte pineapple and Contadina tomatoes, to Del Monte Pacific in Asia for $1.68 billion. It will then begin catering solely to the tastes of furrier consumers through its pets business, which includes brands such as Pup-Peroni, Meow Mix and Milk-Bones."


• The Seattle Times reports that negotiations are continuing between the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and supermarket chains that Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Safeway and QFC stores in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties which are engaged in talks about a new contract that will cover 20,000 employees.

According to the story,"last month, 98 percent of union members voted to authorize a strike. Their contracts expired in May. Since then, the union and grocery chains have been battling over a new three-year contract. The companies’ proposal would reduce holiday pay, hold wages at current rates and have part-time workers get health benefits through the federal Affordable Care Act."
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