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Associated Food Stores Inc., Salt Lake City, is replacing legacy warehouse management systems in Montana with the Retalix Triceps solution. It is also expanding its use of the system at its main distribution center. It will use Triceps to provide more accurate tracking of inventory, reduce handling and inventory charges, increase labor efficiency and improve order management.

Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, MI, has acquired IndyBake Products, Seelyville, IN. IndyBake has been baking the company's Town House and Club crackers for 10 years. The acquisition comes as snack food makers compete for an expanding market fed by consumers who, due to high gasoline prices, eat out less and purchase more snack foods.

United Sugars Corp., Edina, MN, has awarded Murphy Warehouse Co., Minneapolis, the Warehouse of the Year Achievement in Excellence 2008 award. Murphy, one of the Upper Midwest's largest asset-based logistics companies, is the sole logistics partner of United Sugars to receive the award this year.

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Chicago, has completed its merger transaction with Mars Inc., McLean, VA. As a result, Wrigley will become a subsidiary of privately held Mars. Under the terms of the agreement, Wrigley common stock has ceased trading on The New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Stock Exchange and will be delisted shortly.

Kroger Manufacturing, Cincinnati, has been recognized by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) for outstanding worker safety performance. Kroger's six dairy plants received Worker Safety Awards from IDFA and were among a select group of facilities honored for having the best safety records among dairy processors based on 2007 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data.

UK-based Maclean's Highland Bakery, a bakery supplier to Tesco, has adopted GXS' Intelligent Web Forms (IWF) to help the bakery in its drive to increase business with retail customers. The deployment has led to increased sales, greater efficiencies and fewer out-of-stocks for Maclean's bakery products at stores. Maclean's previously managed orders via paper-based processes.

Tesco, London, UK, is renewing its license with Miamisburg, OH-based Teradata Corp. for its current enterprise data warehouse (EDW) management solution. The retailer says it uses Teradata's solution to provide management information systems for commercial reporting, supply chain and also for its stores.

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, intends to make cash offers to purchase China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd., a Hong Kong company which owns the Huiyuan juice business throughout China. Coca Cola says the acquisition will provide a unique opportunity to strengthen their business in China. The deal is valued at $2.4 billion.

Natural/organic grocer Whole Foods Market Inc., Austin, TX, is working with Portland, OR public schools to introduce schoolchildren to Oregon-grown fruits and vegetables. As a partner in the "Harvest of the Month" program for the 2008-09 school year, it will features Oregon-grown products on lunch menus twice a month.

Del Monte Foods Co., San Francisco, has sold its seafood business, including StarKist, to Korean conglomerate Dongwon Industries. The deal is worth $359 million. Del Monte hopes slimming down will let it stabilize its earnings.


Dove Chocolate Soars To New Heights

Mars Snackfood U.S., Hackettstown, NJ, has just completed a $70+ million expansion to its Elizabethtown, PA plant, which produces some of the world's favorite chocolate brands such as Dove Chocolate, Milky Way and
3 Musketeers.

As a result of the expansion, Mars Snackfood U.S. has not only maintained jobs in the local Elizabethtown community, but also created new job opportunities. The company says the expansion furthers Mars Snackfood U.S.' commitment to manufacturing 100 percent real chocolate for U.S. consumers and also meets the rapidly growing demand for its Dove Chocolate brand.

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Stellar, Jacksonville, FL, has completed construction of United States Cold Storage's phase-three expansion to its Tulare, CA, DC. The 260,000-square-foot expansion includes 120,000-square-feet of dry storage and 140,000-square-feet of refrigerated storage....Stellar has also completed construction of a 260,000-square-foot refrigerated and frozen food distribution facility for Milford, DE-based Burris Logistics Rocky Hill, CT....Publix Super Markets will construct a 970,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in the Lee Vista area of Orlando, FL.

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