San Francisco officials expanded a 2007 law barring large grocers and pharmacies from using disposable plastic bags. The law now covers all retailers and requires them to charge 10 cents per paper bag. Restaurants will have to comply beginning in 2013.
SUPERVALU said it will eliminate 800 jobs in the coming weeks, with most of them in Minneapolis and Boise, Idaho. "These reductions are necessary to help further strengthen and accelerate SUPERVALU's business turnaround in a very competitive marketplace," said CEO Craig Herkert.
Hannaford Supermarkets has partnered with Clynk on a recycling contest that donates the value of recyclables to schools. Participants can take bottles and cans to Hannaford stores with the Clynk recycling service. Winning schools in two size categories will receive first, second and third prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively.
While FMI asked the Federal Trade Commission to block Express Scripts from acquiring Medco Health Solutions, Express Scripts raised $3.5 billion for the deal through bonds maturing in three, five and 10 years. In a letter to the FTC, FMI said a merger of the pharmacy-benefit managers would "destroy competition by creating a behemoth with the power to unilaterally slash reimbursement rates to uncompetitive levels."
Delhaize Group stores recalled Food Lion- and Hannaford Supermarkets-branded bulk potato salad sold in deli cases because of concern that it might contain contaminated eggs. Reser's Fine Foods informed Delhaize that the potato salad might have been made with eggs that are part of a broader recall.