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• Kroger-owned Fry's Food Stores announced last week that "it is expanding its presence in Arizona and plans to add seven new stores in 2016. Fry's will invest $260 million in Arizona to build six new Marketplace Stores and to add one new store in Tucson along with multiple fuel centers at the properties. This funding also will be used to build additional fuel centers and complete expansion projects and remodels."

• The New York Times reports on the creation of a new trade association/lobbying group in Washington, DC - the the Plant Based Foods Association, which "has been established to represent makers of proteins derived from peas, soybeans and other nonmeat sources." Michele Simon, the founder of the group who is described as "a public health lawyer and food policy advocate," describes the move as "joining the barnyard."

Be careful where you step. The barnyard is lettered with all sorts of surprises.
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