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  • ICYMI: Top Stories From September

    George Hajjar

    The most-read SFA News Daily articles in September explored mergers and acquisitions between top retailers, retailers’ efforts to combat theft, and state legislation on food.

    In case you missed it, the following were the most popular stories last month.

    1. Kroger, Albertsons to Sell Stores to C&S

    Kroger and Albertsons entered into an agreement with C&S Wholesale Grocers to sell select stores, banners, distribution centers, offices, and private label brands in connection with their proposed merger for $1.9 billion.

    2. California Advances Bill to Ban Four Food Additives

    The California Legislature passed a bill, titled Assembly Bill 418, to ban four food additives that have been linked to adverse health outcomes.

    3. Target to Close Nine Stores Due to Theft

    Target shared that it will close nine stores across four states on October 21, citing theft as the main driver of the decision. Stores in Manhattan, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon are slated to close.

    4. Retailers Employ Radical Tactics to Deter Theft

    Some stores have become the target of shoplifting, flash-mob robberies, break-ins, and thefts mid-supply chain, compelling retailers to take a radical approach to product shrink.

    5. Boozy Versions of Beverages Blur Lines

    Brands such as Mountain Dew, SunnyD, Simply Orange Juice, and Eggo are marketing spiked beverages that some regulators fear have the potential to create consumer confusion and lead to inadvertent underage drinking.

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