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• The Boston Globe reports that "BJ’s Wholesale Club is the latest company to announce plans to phase out the sale of eggs from hens kept in small cages in the next several years." The company says that "it will exclusively sell cage-free eggs by 2022. Liquid egg products will come from cage-free sources by 2025."

BJ's is based in Massachusetts, where "voters are expected to see a ballot question later this year that, if approved, would require egg sellers to shift to all cage-free products by 2022," the story says.

• The Seattle Times reports that Haggen has pushed back to auction of its "core" Pacific Northwest stores yet again - this time, to February 22.

The story notes that when Haggen decided to sell off the stores that it had only recently acquired (disastrously, as it turned out) after the Albertsons acquisition of Safeway, it said it planned to keep the core stores that it started with. But its agreement with creditors requires the company to also look for buyers of the core units and accept any reasonable offer as a way of raising cash to pay off its debts.

• The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that "Kroger is being sued by three former call center workers that charge the supermarket giant with illegally classifying them as exempt employees ineligible for overtime. All three former workers, Joseph Hardesty, Derek Chipman and Madeline Hickey, were employed as recruiters at Kroger's call center in Blue Ash for five to seven months last year, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati ... The lawsuit accuses Kroger of violating federal fair labor standards and Ohio's wage and labor laws. The suit also is seeking class-action status for other workers in the plaintiff's situation, back pay for the workers and attorney fees and interest."

Kroger has not commented on the suit.
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