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• The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced that Richard Jurgens, Chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee, Inc. and Dean Pappas, CEO of Clement Pappas and Company, Inc. have been selected to receive the 2011 GMA Hall of Achievement Awards.

• Lund Food Holdings, Inc. announced that it will open its newest Lunds store on June 14 on the corner of 12th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

The new 20,000-square-foot store will feature a selection of foods produced locally and sourced from around the world, including dry-aged beef, sustainable seafood and, it said, "an impressive selection of prepared foods."

“We know many of those in downtown Minneapolis have been waiting a long time for the opportunity to shop at a full-service grocery store without having to leave the area. That wait will soon be over,” said Tres Lund, chairman and CEO of Lund Food Holdings, Inc. “Whether you live, work, or play in the downtown area, we hope you’ll take time to visit us.”

• The Wall Street Journal reports that a new Cornell University study suggests that superheroes have more impact on kids' eating habits than parents.

In the study, the Journal writes, "Twenty-two children, ages 6 to 12, at a summer camp were asked if they wanted apple fries or French fries during several consecutive weekly lunches. 45 percent of the children selected apple fries after being shown pictures of superheroes, compared to the 9 percent who chose apple fries without seeing superhero prompts."

I'm no expert on such things, but can a study of 22 kids really prove anything? Wouldn't it depend on who the 22 kids are, what their reading/TV watching habits are? Or even who their parents are?

• The Chicago Tribune reports that McDonald's has unveiled a 10-year plan "to phase out the use of gestational crates in its U.S. supply chain ... By 2017, McDonald's said it will purchase pork only from suppliers that 'share its commitment to phase out gestation stalls.' The company will be working with producers to develop systems that trace pork and verify that sows were not confined, and assess ways to move farmers to other practices."

According to the story, the decision "comes three months after a promise to assess the situation in concert with its pork suppliers.

"Sow confinement has been standard agricultural practice for decades, based on the reasoning that the pregnant animals become aggressive around food.  Animal rights activists have argued that the practice is unnecessary, unsanitary and cruel."

• In Wisconsin, Maurer Foods' Freshmobile initiative, which seeks to bring fresh foods to those in food deserts where such products are not readily available, has received a $30,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation.

According to the company, the Freshmobile, "a refrigerated trailer that will resemble a mini grocery store and pulled by a truck, will take to the road in mid-June. Five neighborhoods in Madison have been designated on the Freshmobile location list and will be the first served by the program."
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