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• Tops Friendly Markets yesterday celebrated the reopening and rebranding of 15 stores formerly operated by Penn Traffic and recently acquired by Tops.

According to the announcement, “The name change of the stores to Tops Friendly Markets was included in a rebranding effort announced in early May in which all former stores owned by Penn Traffic would be changed to Tops through the end of 2010 ... Included among the store improvements planned that will vary by individual store ... are providing a wider variety and selection of favorite brand products, adding where needed bakery, deli, meat and healthy and organic food department,” as well as Tim Hortons coffee shops.

• As the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season begins, Winn-Dixie said yesterday that it has equipped “109 of its stores with 500-kilowatt, diesel-powered generators so that the stores can operate during a power outage. The stores are in areas that have been affected by power outages associated with hurricanes and tropical storms in recent years ... The company also has equipped its regional distribution centers in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Hammond, La., with generators so that stores can be quickly restocked after any storms.”

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that “PepsiCo's recent announcement that it plans to invest $2.5 billion in China over the next three years -- on top of a $1 billion investment the company announced in 2008 -- signals a new intensity in competition between PepsiCo and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. for Chinese consumers' business ... Coca-Cola, PepsiCo's main rival in the beverage industry, is similarly focused on China and its 1.33 billion billion people. Coca-Cola gets about 15 percent of its net operating revenue from the Pacific region, including China. The company's sales volume has grown by double-digit percentages in China for the past eight years. In 2009, volume grew 16 percent.”
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