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• BJ's Wholesale Club announced that its stores in Florida will match Wal-Mart’s lowered prices on select generic prescription drugs, and that it also has lowered drug prices in stores in Delaware, New York and New Jersey.

• Hy-Vee reportedly plans to hire as many as 100 dietitians during the coming year to work in its 199 supermarkets.

• Walgreen Co. reportedly has agreed to pay $550,000 in an item pricing suit filed by the Michigan Attorney General’s office.

• The New Jersey Attorney General has charged that Rite Aid has been selling expired infant formula, baby food, and over-the-counter medications in a number of its stores there. The state is seeking civil penalties, consumer restitution and an order directing Rite Aid to remove and destroy expired products.

Company officials said that its store shave been ordered to take such products off the shelves, and that new steps are being taken to improve compliance at store level.

• 7-Eleven reportedly has discontinued sales of the energy drink called Cocaine, saying that it represents an image to which it did not want to be connected.

• Starbucks reportedly has acquired the Hong Kong company that operates more than 60 Starbucks units in China, a move seen as a way of exerting greater control over its Chinese business. "It's bringing operations together in a way that allows us to maximize the development of our business in China...for the next 20 or 30 years," said Martin Coles, president of Starbucks Coffee International.

Starbucks currently has almost 200 stores on mainland China.

• The California Grocers Association (CGA) elected its 2006-2007 slate of officers and new Board of Directors at its annual meeting yesterday, including: Chair, Bill Anderson, Raley’s, West Sacramento, CA; First Vice Chair, Richard Morgan, Jr., Holiday Quality/Sav-Mor Foods, Cottonwood, CA; Second Vice Chair, Kevin Herglotz, Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, CA; Treasurer, Bob Ling, Unified Western Grocers, Inc., Commerce, CA; Secretary, George Frahm, Stater Bros. Markets, Colton, CA; and Immediate Past Chair Jay McCormack, Rio Ranch Markets, Riverside, CA.

Elected as new directors for their first three-year term: Norm Carhill, Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, CA; Bill Cote, Superior Super Warehouse, Santa Fe Springs, CA; Kevin Davis, Bristol Farms, Carson, CA; Richard Draeger, Draeger’s Supermarkets, Menlo Park, CA; Rick DuCharme, Sara Lee Food and Beverage, Sacramento, CA; Bill Healy, Bell-Carter Olive Co., Lafayette, CA; John Pellington, Focus Brands West, Oceanside, CA; Jim Schulz, Weyerhaeuser, Buena Park, CA; and Donna Tyndall, Gelson’s Markets, Encino, CA.

Former CGA Chair Bob Stiles, Gelson’s Markets, was elected as an Honorary Member of the CGA Board of Directors.
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