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Safeway inks deal with Coinstar

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway is bringing Coinstar’s self-service coin-counting kiosks to its U.S. and Canadian stores, the supermarket retailer announced Thursday.

Safeway said it agreed to install 1,400 Coinstar kiosks by the end of 2011, with installations slated to begin this month in Safeway stores and its banners, including Vons, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

"Coinstar brings a turnkey service and two decades of experience managing the operational intricacies associated with self-service coin kiosks," Safeway public affairs VP Brian Dowling said. "We are confident our customers will be pleased with the flexibility of being able to turn their coins into cash, store purchases or, in the future, a gift card."

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Nordstrom president joins board of directors at Whole Foods

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods has expanded its board of directors.

The natural foods supermarket retailer said that it has elected Nordstrom president Blake Nordstrom to its board, where he will serve on the audit committee.

Nordstrom will serve until the company’s annual meeting in March 2012, at which time he will be included on the shareholder ballot, Whole Foods said. With Nordstrom’s appointment, Whole Foods’ board now has 12 members.

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Wellness introduces latest canned cat foods

BY Allison Cerra

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — Wellness has expanded its line of canned cat food with 12 new varieties.

The new cubed, sliced and minced grain-free canned recipes for cats are available in 3-oz. cans, Wellness said. Each variety features such natural protein sources as chicken, turkey, salmon and tuna. The products include minced chicken dinner, minced turkey entrée, minced tuna dinner, sliced turkey entrée, sliced chicken entrée, sliced salmon entrée, sliced turkey and salmon dinner, cubed tuna entrée, cubed turkey and salmon entrée, cubed salmon dinner, cubed turkey dinner and cubed chicken entrée.

The company said its latest canned cat foods are available at specialty pet and natural foods retailers nationwide this month.

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