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Supermarket incentives for distressed communities die in House

Tax credits have helped to bring grocery markets back to New Orleans after Katrina, including Circle Food Store on Bernard Not this year. Mississippi House members let a bill die last week that would have created incentives for supermarkets to open in under-served areas. The legislation, Senate Bill 2840, was seen as a way to stem the spread of so-called ...

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Addressing the food market challenge … Bill offers incentives for grocers in underserved areas

By TED CARTER A bill that has passed the Mississippi Senate and awaiting a floor vote in the House gives grocers tax credits and other incentives for opening stores in a vast swath of Mississippi underserved by food retailers. Senate Bill 2840 sponsor Sen. David Blount said his legislation grew out of concern among legislators the past several years over ...

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La. company recalling thousands of pounds of stew

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Acadian Fine Foods LLC of Church Point, La., is recalling 17,000 pounds of pork and chicken stews because labels don’t list whey and soy as ingredients. Some people are allergic to those substances. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday. The agency says the single-serving stews were distributed to stores ...

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City, grocer ask to be dropped from Kmart flood lawsuit

CORINTH — The city of Corinth and the Kroger Company have asked a federal judge to dismiss them as defendants in a lawsuit over 2010 flooding at the Kmart in Corinth. Kmart Corporation is seeking compensation for flood damage at the Fulton Crossing location, the store’s closure for about 10 months and flood prevention efforts in April 2011, when the ...

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Grocer reaches labor agreement affecting 9,000+ workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Kroger Co. associates working at 80 of the company’s Delta Division stores have ratified new labor agreements with UFCW Local 1529. “We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates and allows us to be competitive in the region,” said Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division. “I want to thank our ...

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BI-LO completes acquisition of Winn-Dixie stores

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — BI-LO, LLC has successfully completed its merger with Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. following approval of the transaction by Winn-Dixie shareholders March 9. All Winn-Dixie stockholders will be eligible to receive $9.50 per share in cash for each share of common stock held, for a total purchase price of $560 million. As a result of the merger, BI-LO and ...

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Kroger issues recall of ice cream

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Kroger Co. is recalling select containers of Kroger Deluxe Chocolate Paradise Ice Cream sold in 17 states, including Mississippi, because it may contain tree nuts not listed on the label. Customers should return the product to stores for a full refund or replacement. People who are allergic to tree nuts could have a serious or life-threatening ...

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Union Grocery acquired by Imperial

NEW ALBANY — Imperial Trading Co. of Elmwood, La., has acquired Union Grocery, a grocery distributor founded in 1952 in New Albany. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ITC spokesman Keith Beba said Union Grocery would operate as a division of ITC. He said the 45 employees will remain with the company. Beba says the acquisition will allow ITC ...

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