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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Target is planning a Canada invasion of as many as 200 stores over the next decade, which would represent its first foray outside the US. The first units are expected to open in 2014.

• It is being reported that PepsiCo plans to give away some 10 million cans of its new Sierra Mist Natural this weekend at Walmart stores around the country, as it looks to introduce the new version that has sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

• Target announced yesterday that it plans to discount more than 1,000 toys in both its stores and online as it positions itself for what is expected to be a competitive and price-conscious holiday season.

• The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Nash Finch plans to open a Bloomington, Indiana, warehouse, hiring 100 people and investing $10.6 million in the 300,000 square foot facility.

• The Toronto Star reports that Loblaw has reached an agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) on a new contract that will cover almost 30,000 employees in all but nine of its Ontario stores. According to the story, the deal will help Loblaw be “more competitive with non-union rivals such as Wal-Mart.” Employees from the nine stores where they rejected the deal were expected to go on strike as soon as today.

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has recognized Lund Food Holdings and Hy-Vee for their human resources development programs, presenting them with the 2010 Maximizing People Potential award at the FMI Human Resources/Training Development Conference held last week in Baltimore, Md.
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