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News on President's Choice, Fresh & Easy & More...

Brompton, Ontario-based grocer Loblaw is introducing President’s Choice Little Penguins Snack Crackers and other treats. In another private label-related development, all President's Choice and no name brand peanut-free products now include prominent on-package logos. Loblaw banner stores also will have displays marked with peanut-free signage. Select stores will feature a distinctive yellow peanut-free school bus display. Other snacks involved include President’s Choice Bite Size Granola Bars, Blue Menu Wheat Bran Bites and mini Chefs Honey Crunchy Cubs Graham Cookies, as well as no name Low Fat Crispy Rice Squares.
NBTY Acquisition LLC, which does business as Leiner Health Products, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., is recalling Air Shield, Air Protector, Immune System Support, and AirHealth Effervescent 10-tablet containers and Stick Packs 8-stick containers, because they may contain undeclared soy. All are private-label versions of Airborne. These products were manufactured and packaged for NBTY Acquisition LLC dba Leiner Health Products by a contract manufacturer who did not disclose the presence of soy in the products. The recall impacts a host of pharmacy retailers, including CVS, Safeway, Supervalu, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. The products all fall under NBTY’s Leiner Health Solutions umbrella.
Dollar Tree has the potential to have at least 7,000 U.S. outlets, company executives noted in a recent earnings call with industry analysts. CEO Bob Sasser says the company will rapidly expand its network from its current 3,925 stores, adding 230 more by the end of the year. The comment came as the chain reported strong results for its fiscal second quarter ending 31 July. For the period, net profit surged more than 37 percent to $78 million, while sales rose nearly 13 percent to $1.4 billion. Dollar Tree, Chesapeake, Va., says food, health & beauty and party supplies sales were particularly strong. Dollar Tree will look to drive additional customer traffic by adding frozen and refrigerated foods to another 10 percent of its store base this year, Sasser says. Dollar Tree already has freezers and coolers in about 43 percent of its stores.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, El Segundo, Calif., plans to open eight stores in Northern California in early 2011. The stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and Modesto will be Fresh & Easy's first north of Fresno and will create about 160 jobs. Fresh & Easy first opened in Southern California in November 2007, and has steadily expanded in the state, moving into Bakersfield in December 2008 and Fresno earlier this year. Next month, Fresh & Easy will open nine stores in California, including the grocer's 100th store in the state.



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