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• The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that two Bigg’s stores in the marketplace are offering different services to appeal to consumers – weekend valet parking “at its Oakley store in Hyde Park Plaza…complimentary to customers who register in advance,” and an expanded kosher foods section in its Pleasant Ridge store.

• The Chicago Tribune reports that Quaker Foods, “which many believed would be quickly shed following its acquisition by PepsiCo Inc. seven years ago, is taking on a new role for the beverage giant that could help its parent overcome an image as a provider of fattening snacks.

“The Chicago-based maker of oatmeal, breakfast cereals and pasta is assuming the point position in PepsiCo's drive into the health-and-wellness food category, a growing sector even if its significance and meaning is debated by some experts.”

• McDonald’s Corp. said last week that it will roll out a new trans fat-free cooking oil sometime during the coming year, delivering on a promise that it made several years ago; the company also suggested that New York City will be one of the first places where the oil will be introduced, since the city has a July 1 deadline by which any and all restaurants in its five boroughs have to be trans fat-free.

The fast feeder, which has been trying to develop a healthier menu profile, also said it plans to add more fruits and vegetables to its menu during the coming 18-24 months.
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