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• The Chicago Tribune reports that Macy’s Inc. is interviewing potential supermarket candidates to open a 20,000 square foot supermarket in its State Street flagship store in the Windy City. The company would like an organic store in the space, according to reports, though talks with Supervalu’s Sunflower Market apparently have broken down.

• The BBC reports that researchers at The Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, “have received funding to mass produce a testing kit to detect potentially fatal food contamination within hours rather than days.” The kit is designed to “cut detection times for bugs such as listeria and salmonella. They hope to roll out the new technology by 2010.”

• Kroger announced that 3,250 union members working at 41 Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, have ratified a four-year contract with the company.

• Constellation Brands has agreed to spend $885 million to acquire Fortune Brands high-end wine business, which features brands as Clos du Bois and Wild Horse.
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