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• The Dayton Daily News reports that Kroger and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) have reached a tentative accord on a new contract covering more than 4,000 employees working in 30 Dayton-area stores.

Details of the pact were not disclosed. A union vote is scheduled for mid-August.

Brand Week reports that Atkins Nutritionals “is updating its image with a new campaign urging consumers to think beyond the diet's ‘bacon, eggs and cheese’ stereotype ,” emphasizing “the variety of meals-as opposed to individual foods-dieters can eat under the program, including ham and Swiss cheese frittata for breakfast, a luncheon special of French bistro salad with shrimp and grilled turkey cutlets with thyme for dinner.” The goal of the campaign is to make the low-carb Atkins diet more accessible to consumers, who seemed to need greater flexibility than they believed the diet would give them.

• The New Haven Register reports that Stew Leonard’s, which for years has owned 41 acres of property in Orange, Connecticut, on which the company planned to build a store, only to face continuing resistance from some community members, has put the property up for sale.

According to the story, Stew Leonard Jr. says he is being courted by numerous real estate interests in New York and New Jersey that would like him to build new stores, and so he thought he’d put the property on the market to see what would happen. Apparently he’s not hugely optimistic about a sale going through, since the recession doesn’t make such deals easy. But he says he wants to focus his attention on places that actually want a Stew Leonard’s.
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