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• The Daily Courier reports that “New Frontiers Natural Marketplace is discontinuing the use of plastic bags at checkout stands in its Arizona and California stores.

“Jake Collier, vice president and co-founder of the natural food retailer, sent out a news release explaining that the move to remove plastic bags came about after more than a year's consideration. Collier said the chain was already cutting back on plastic bags in their stores. But seeing a bunch of plastic bags stuck in a fence while recently driving between two stores made an impression on him to make the change.”

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Nestle SA “has acquired a 60% stake in Chinese food maker Yinlu Foods Group Co., expanding the Swiss company's instant food offerings in a key growth market to help compensate for more sluggish sales in developed countries.

“Family-owned Yinlu is a well-established brand in China and a major distributor of ready-to-drink peanut milk and instant canned rice porridge. The deal extends cooperation between the two companies, as Yinlu is a co-producer of Nestlé's Nescafé coffee in China.”
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