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• In Texas, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports that WinCo Foods is building a new 800,000 square foot, $135 million distribution center that should be ready in about a year. Michael Read, vice president of public and legal affairs at WinCo, says the company has the ability to expand the facility by an additional 130,000 square feet.

The story describes the development as "a regional distribution center for the chain, which recently opened six stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including one in Lewisville. It also has two stores under construction in the area, including a Denton store that will occupy about 85,000 square feet at Rayzor Ranch Town Center."

• The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "a federal judge in San Francisco has ordered Safeway to pay almost $42 million to customers nationwide who bought groceries from the market chain’s website and were unaware that they were being charged 10 percent above store prices.

"U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar granted $30.9 million in damages and $10.9 million in interest Monday to online shoppers who had registered with between 2006, when the website opened, and November 2011, when the company reworded its policy to declare that online prices 'may differ from your local store'."

However, Safeway said on Friday that it will appeal the ruling.

USA today reports that Campbell Soup-owned Pepperidge Farm is suing Trader Joe's "for trademark infringement over a product called Crispy Cookies that it says too closely resembles both the look and package design of Pepperidge Farm's iconic Milano cookies ... Pepperidge Farm accused Trader Joe's of deceptive marketing and diluting the value of Milano with Crispy Cookies, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Connecticut federal district court."

• The Associated Press reports that Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee have called off their proposed merger after the Justice Department said that it would unfairly hurt competition ... the deal "would have combined the second- and third-largest sellers of tinned tuna in the U.S. in a market long dominated by three major brands."
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