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• The Huffington Post reports that Trader Joe’s has relented and “signed a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants employed in low-wage jobs in Florida. The agreement requires the grocery store to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes and to ensure better working conditions for tomato workers.”

The agreement was signed as Trader Joe’s opened its first Florida store, in Naples. The story notes that chains such as Whole Foods, McDonald’s and Burger King had already signed the agreement.

• United Supermarkets said yesterday that it has formed a strategic relationship with Red Mango, the #1 Zagat-rated frozen yogurt and smoothies chain in America, with plans to test a store-in-store concept offering healthy frozen yogurt and smoothies to its grocery guests.
United is slated to open its first Red Mango counter later this month; the company says that the deal “is an important step in United’s effort to developing a well rounded health-and-wellness program for its guests.”

• McDonald’s said yesterday that it is asking its pork suppliers to phase out the usage of gestational crates, where sows are kept while pregnant.

The New York Times story on the move says that “animal rights advocates have singled out the crates, known as sow stalls, as inhumane, and several states have moved to ban or restrict their use not only in pork production, but also in the production of eggs and veal.”
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