business news in context, analysis with attitude has a story noting that McQuade’s Marketplace in Mystic, Connecticut, “has installed the largest solar electric system at a grocery store in Connecticut. The supermarket said 151-kilowatt STC solar photovoltaic system is expected to generate approximately 168,200 kilowatt hours of clean energy a year which is enough to power more than 10 average New England homes. The system output will also prevent the release of more than 8.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the expected 30-year life of the system.”

• Anheuser-Busch InBev and PepsiCo announced yesterday that they will join forces to buy certain products and services - including technology, hardware, travel, and office supplies - as a way of creating greater buying power that can drive down costs.

The Boston Globe reports that Starbucks has decided to shut down the Clover premium coffee operations from seven area stores, leaving it open in 26 others there - a move that the company said represents a recalibration of the Clover strategy. The closed operations may be deployed to other area stores in coming months.

According to the Globe story, “the Clover makes one cup of coffee at time to a customer's specifications. The Clover makes coffee from both traditional Starbucks blends and from blends specially designed for the Clover system. In the opinion of some caffeine buffs, the Clover brewing process can tease out bean subtleties that traditional brewing systems can't match.”
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