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• Associated Whole Grocers announced that its Best Choice and Always Save private brands will adopt the Nutrition Keys front-of-packaging labeling program as way of providing consumers with better access to nutritional information.

“Even though the label modification is strictly voluntary, we believe it is an important and essential step in helping consumers make healthy choices when making food purchases,” said Jerry Garland, Associated Wholesale Grocers President and C.E.O. “This service will help our members who sell Best Choice and Always Save also demonstrate a commitment to their loyal customers that they too care about healthy lifestyles.”

USA Today reports that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that “five dozen products, including hand soaps and engine oils, will soon be sold with a new ‘BioPreferred’ label to show they contain agricultural ingredients.” The products, whose composition is independently certified to meet USDA standards, are said to “create jobs in rural communities and help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.”

• The Corpus Christi Caller Times reports that Sprouts Farmers Market plans to acquire nine Sun Harvest Farmers Markets in Texas. The deal has not been finalized, and terms have not been disclosed.

• The National Grocers Association (NGA) has honored Jim Rogers, president/CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York, with its annual NGA Leadership Award. NGA president/CEO Peter Larkin said that “"Jim's dedication to his members and his commitment to the continued success of the independent grocer is an example for us all.  As a member of the N.G.A. Board of Directors Jim's leadership and insight has been an asset not only to his fellow Board Members, but importantly to the membership of N.G.A." 

• IGA Inc. announced that it has awarded the J. Frank Grimes Award to Thomas S. Jackson, the retiring president/CEO of the Ohio Grocers Association, and Brandt Louie, chairman, president and CEO of H.Y. Louie, an IGA wholesaler based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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