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Supervalu banners introduce Colors in Your Carriage education initiative

BY Allison Cerra

MALVERN, Pa., and VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Building on the successful introduction of the nutrition iQ program to stores, two Supervalu banners announced that they will implement an education initiative designed to help grocery shoppers navigate the aisles with great-tasting foods that meet their nutritional needs.

Acme and Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy said the Colors in Your Carriage initiative shoppers find quick-to-prepare, good-tasting solutions to fill the nutrient gaps highlighted in the "2010 Dietary Guidelines."

Both supermarket chains have extended the nutrition iQ program to include signage in the fresh produce, meats, bakery and seafood sections.

“Our shoppers are looking for information they can trust when it comes to which foods they should include as part of a healthy diet. We know how important it is to provide straight talk on what to eat to help clear the confusion,” said Acme and Farm Fresh registered dietitian Jennifer Shea. “Nutrition iQ can help people more easily achieve the 2010 dietary guidelines. Our goal is to make good eating enjoyable and to help consumers really understand how to shop, what to buy and how to prepare quick meals their family will enjoy. Customers count on [Acme and Farm Fresh] for that.”

Acme operates 117 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, while Farm Fresh operates 43 stores in the Virginia market.

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Stater Bros. reports Q2

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Second-quarter consolidated sales for regional supermarket chain Stater Bros. were up more than 3%, the company said.

Sales totaled $913.4 million for the period ended March 27, an increase of $27.9 million or 3.15%, compared with the year-ago period. Similarly, same-store sales also increased 3.15% or $27.9 million.

Stater Bros. also reported net income for the 13-week second quarter of $8.8 million, compared with net income of $6 million for second quarter 2010.

The retailer also reported that customer count increased to nearly 1 million people.

"These results are due to the dedication of the Stater Bros. ‘family’ and the loyalty of our customers, many of those whom we have served for over three generations," Stater Bros. chairman, president and CEO Jack Brown said.

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Drugstore.com announces expiration of HSR waiting period for WAG deal

BY Michael Johnsen

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Drugstore.com on Tuesday announced the expiration of the waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to the proposed merger by which the company would be acquired by Walgreens in a cash transaction.

The deal previously was announced on March 24.

Accordingly, the merger’s closing condition with respect to the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act has been satisfied. Completion of the merger remains subject to satisfaction or waiver of certain other conditions, including approval by the stockholders of Drugstore.com.

The parties continue to expect the transaction to close in June 2011.

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