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• Pathmark and the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) have each scheduled shareholder meetings for November 8, at which they will seek shareholder approvals for the proposed purchase of Pathmark by A&P.

MSNBC reports that Cadbury Schweppes plans to spin off its U.S. beverage division – including the Dr Pepper, 7Up and Snapple brands - to its shareholders rather than sell it, as had been widely speculated earlier this year.

• Food retailers, wholesalers and restaurants will be able to review detailed supplier safety auditing and certification records online through a new alliance among the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), Muddy Boots Software and Agentrics, according to an announcement today by the three organizations. SQFI, a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), plans to launch this service in early 2008.

SQF field auditors will use the Muddy Boots Quickfire software to enter food safety audit results into a hand-held computer anywhere food is grown, processed or manufactured. They will transmit the data to a secure Agentrics online database, where food buyers can review auditing and certification records of suppliers in the SQF program.
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