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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Coke and Pepsi are going to war again, this time with bottled coffee. Dunkin' Donuts will launch a new bottled coffee in the US early next year, distributed by Coca-Cola. It will compete with Starbucks' Frappuccino brand, which is distributed by Pepsi.

According to the story, "The moves come as Coke also tries to catch up in the U.S. ready-to-drink tea market, which also is growing fast as Americans thirst for more caffeine but less soda. The bottled tea category is led by the Lipton joint venture of PepsiCo and Unilever NV. For Dunkin’, it is the latest attempt to position itself in the U.S. as more of a coffee destination than a doughnut stop. Coffee already represents 50% of its U.S. sales, including hot, iced, brewed and espresso. This summer, it rolled out cold brew coffee in some markets and is testing café au lait in New York."


• The Tampa Bay Times reports that Sprouts, described as "a speciality grocery known for its affordable assortment of natural and organic foods," has released a list of eight new store locations scheduled to open in the first quarter of next year.

The story notes that in addition to the fact that one of these stores is in Florida, Sprouts appears to have bigger ambitions for the Sunshine State. And, "Sprouts enters the Florida market at a time when many other organic grocery chains are looking to expand here, too. Lucky's Market, a Colorado-based organic chain, will open a store at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg. Earth Fare, another chain known for its healthy foods, opened its first store in Tampa Bay at the Seminole City Center this week."
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