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• The Omaha World Herald has a story that sounds a recurring theme - about how “grocery chains across the country are testing small-format stores that tuck into fast-growing urban areas, often as part of larger mixed-use office and residential projects.”

Among the retailers cited in the story are Kroger, Meijer and Hy-Vee.

• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that Supervalu-owned Cub Foods, the biggest chain in the market, “is in the midst of a massive makeover, driven both by the aging of its stores and fresh competition from Hy-Vee, the Iowa-based chain that arrived here two years ago.

“To start, it’s no longer Cub Foods. The signs and ads now simply say ‘Cub,’ and the remodeled stores reflect the broader assortment of goods that it needs to compete not just with Hy-Vee but Target, Walmart, Aldi and even Amazon.”

Among the innovations being tested are a burrito bar, a boutique candy shop, and a soon-to-open creamery and coffee shop that will offer “freshly made cookies, cookie ice-cream sandwiches, ice cream, shakes, sundaes, espresso drinks and various brewed coffees.”

• The Associated Press reports that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson “tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.” Nelson “granted the company’s request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the previous trial that ended with the award two months ago. Nelson also ruled that there wasn’t convincing evidence that Johnson & Johnson acted with malice and the award for damages was excessive.”

The ruling will be appealed, plaintiff’s attorneys said.

• Kim Eskew, president and CEO of Harps Food Stores, has been honored with the National Grocers Association (NGA) Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award, which recognizes “individuals who demonstrate outstanding efforts in support of policy initiatives that promote the independent supermarket industry.”
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