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• The New York Times reports that "in the first unionization vote ever held at an Amazon facility in the United States, a small group of technical workers at the company’s warehouse in Middletown, Del., voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday against forming a union." The vote was 21-6 against joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The story notes that "Amazon has vigorously opposed unionization by its employees, saying that it has competitive wages and an open-door policy that encourages employees to bring their concerns directly to management … Officials of the machinists’ union said safety and promotions were among the main concerns of the Delaware technical workers."

• Aldi said this week that it has created a new Advisory Council of five nationally renowned registered dietitians that it has charged with assisting consumers looking to eat a more healthy diet.

According to the announcement, Aldi "makes healthy living simple and affordable by offering a variety of high-quality food products, including nearly 70 varieties of fresh produce and a selection of organic produce, as well as fresh meat, dairy and bakery items … As Aldi expands the resources available to its shoppers through this council, it also continues to expand its offerings of food options, including organic, specialty and gluten-free products, as well as nearly 70 kinds of fresh produce."

• In the UK, Marketing reports that Sainsbury is airing a TV commercial that takes a "direct swipe" at Tesco, focusing on values as well as value.

The ad "highlights how Sainsbury’s basics eggs are not only the sale price as Tesco’s Everyday Value eggs, but also sourced from non-caged hens," the story says, adding that "the attack is the latest incident in a long-running dispute between Sainsbury’s and Tesco that erupted after the ad watchdog failed to ban a Tesco ad that Sainsbury’s believed unfairly compared the prices of own-brand goods."

• The Seattle Post Intelligencer website reports Starbucks stores in Washington State will offer a tall coffee for just 12 cents to any customers there who walk into its stores tomorrow wearing Seattle Seahawks colors.

The Seahawks will be playing the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, with the winner to play the AFC champion in the Super Bowl.
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