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• The California Grocers Association (CGA) said yesterday that its annual Western Food Industry Exposition (WFIE) will get a new name this year, being rechristened the CGA Strategic Conference.

“The Association’s Convention Committee determined it was time for the convention’s name to better reflect who it was representing,” said Committee Chair George Frahm, Stater Bros. Markets. “The convention draws attendees nationwide, but the lion’s share are from California.”

This year’s CGA Strategic Conference is November 1-3, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

• The Washington Post reports that Ahold-owned Giant Food “has added handheld scanners at about 60 of its 182 stores in the Washington area that allow customers to tally the cost of their groceries as they shop.” The program follows a test of the concept run at its sister Stop & Shop chain.

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