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• The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) has been recognized for its “noteworthy contributions to the growth of store brand products in the retail marketplace” and named “2009 Store Brand Retailer of the Year” by Private Label Magazine.

In 2009, A&P expanded its private label program with 10 premium, specialty and national equivalent brands, growing private brands to more than 2,500 SKUs.

• The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks, having promised to sell only bakery items that do not have high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and make its baked items healthier overall, is being sued by one of its longtime bakery suppliers. Crestone Group in San Diego says that Starbucks owes it more than $2 million for “breaching supplier agreements.”

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