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• The Dayton Daily News reports that the Rapid Fire Pizza chain, which has 27 stores in six states and is known “for baking build-your-own pizzas in three minutes,” has struck a deal that will have it placing pizza restaurants in Kroger Marketplace stores in Ohio.

The stores will offer “build-your-own pizzas, pastas and calzones. The Kroger locations will also offer take-and-bake pre-made pizzas that customers can purchase to be baked later, according to a Rapid Fired statement.”

• The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is planning a protest at Kroger headquarters today, accusing the retailer of once again sourcing eggs from the Mahard Egg Farm facility in Oklahoma, which is being investigated for animal cruelty.

A PETA investigation is said to have found that “hens were beaten, slammed against metal bins and thousands were allowed to die from ‘apparent heatstroke’.”

Kroger says that it is sourcing eggs from the company after “Mahard passed a United Egg Producers assessment and audit” and it was determined that “Mahard has taken appropriate steps to meet the grocer's requirements.”
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