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Reuters reports that Sainsbury, the UK’s second largest grocer, “is considering cutting 1,000 head office jobs as part of a drive to save 500 million pounds ($652 million) in costs … Sainsbury's has recruited management consultants McKinsey to come up with cost reduction plans, and is likely to announce the number of job cuts next month.”

The story notes that “Sainsbury's axed 400 in-store staff in March, and its larger rival Tesco said in June that it planned to cut 1,200 head office staff.”

You can trace these cuts directly to the inroads being made by discounters Aldi and Lidl. And you should think about these cuts within the context of a US market that they clearly are targeting.

Simplemost has a story about how Target has announced that “ all of their in-house food brands will be free of artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, colors, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup by the end of 2018,” up from the 75 percent of own-brand kids’ foods that currently meet that criteria.

The site then offers its own perspective on the decision: “In a country struggling with childhood obesity, a move like this from a top-tier retailer like Target sends a serious message about healthy diets for children. While a little red dye or corn syrup here and there likely won’t make a big difference in one child’s diet, research has shown negative effects when children regularly eat trans fat or high-fructose corn syrup.”
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