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• The Detroit Free Press reports that Meijer and Michigan State University are working together to launch a “Made in Michigan” initiative.

According to the story, “The effort will begin when the new grocery items will fill designated areas in 33 Meijer stores statewide. The products include marinara sauce, blueberry butter, gluten free baking mixes and gourmet seasoning. The new items are in addition other Michigan products currently available at Meijer stores. Meijer worked with the MSU Product Center and others for about a year on the project, which starts with 22 vendors.”

• The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Marsh plans to build a new supermarket as part of “a massive project that would replace a block and a half of surface parking lots in the northwest quadrant of downtown Indianapolis ... The new grocery store would be a welcome amenity for the neighborhood and nearby IUPUI campus, and it represents a significant milestone for the Fishers-based supermarket chain. It would be the first new Marsh store since 2004.”

• The Moscow Times reports that Russian supermarket mogul Andrei Rogachyov plans to build a chain of 400 small-format discount grocery stores (up to 7,500 square feet) in southern Florida. Sixty of the stores are slated to be opened by the end of the year.
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