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April 1, 2007
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The Ticker

Dollar General Corp.
, Goodlettsville, Tenn., has entered into an agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., New York, in a transaction with a total value of approximately $7.3 billion, including approximately $380 million of net debt.
A coalition of several food groups is urging the grocery industry to select and install one global communications language for the entire supply chain to help manage and track items from packing to point-of-sale. The group’s arguments are contained in the report titled, Industry Roadmap: Building the Fresh Foods Supply Chain of the Future, drafted by coalition members, which include the Food Marketing Institute. The proposed solution calls for using one global communications language for the entire supply chain, utilizing existing GS1 standards and technologies including the global trade identification number (GTIN) and GS1 DataBar, formerly known as reduced symbology system, or RSS.
First Tesco, now Germany-based Lidl has its eye on the U.S. market. The popular discounter has expanded across Europe, and now is considering the United States. Lidl officials recently stated that the U.S. market is ideal, yet acknowledge that the German form of discounting is not well-known in the country, which is sure to change in the future.  
“The House that Spartan Built” is the result of an 8-month commitment between Spartan Stores, employees and workers with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Mich. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer raised more than $50,000 to build a house for one local family by way of customer donations at the register.
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray recently gave credit to her alma mater of sorts, Price Chopper Suppermarkets, Schenectady, N.Y, during a recent Food Network “Chefography” episode. The show first aired in late March, and highlighted Ray’s past with the East Coast grocer. In the early 2000s, Ray came to Price Chopper with an idea to conduct cooking classes for shoppers and perform food demos in stores. During her time working for the chain, she also wrote her first cookbook, “30 Minute Meals.” Currently, Ray appears in TV commercials touting Price Chopper’s fresh selection and low prices, as well as offering exclusive recipes on the grocer’s Web site.
On the supplier side:
The manufacturing facilities for Mother Parker’s Tea & Coffee, Mississauga, Ontario, recently have been certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association and the USDA, known as one of the largest manufacturers of private label cofee and tea products, the company now offers a full range of organic coffee and tea choices.

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