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• The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Steve Smith, president/CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores, is denying rumors that the company is being sold to Publix – or anyone else, for that matter.

"There's absolutely no truth to it. Our company is not for sale and probably won't be, at least in my lifetime," Smith tells the paper.

• Spartan Stores announced last week a new campaign called “Michigan’s best,” aimed at highlighting more than 2,400 products grown or produced in the state. The program reportedly will run in all of Spartan’s banners - D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, Felpausch, Glen's, Glen's Fresh Market and VG's.

• Pantry Inc. announced that it has acquired 38 c-stores from Herndon Oil Corp., most of them in Alabama but a few in Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that General Mills is rolling out a line of Betty Crocker gluten-free products – finding that it takes less promotion money to launch such products because they meet a specific, expanding and increasingly vocalized consumer need.
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