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LA Biz reports that "discount grocer Aldi plans to open 10 new stores in Southern California on April 21. The stores include six in Los Angeles County, three in Orange County and one new store in San Bernardino County. The April grand openings are the next step in the grocery retailer’s plan to open about 45 stores in Southern California by the end of 2016, eight of which opened last month."

The openings are part of Aldi's broader plans "to expand to nearly 2,000 stores nationwide by the end of 2018. Aldi currently operates about 1,500 stores in 33 states."

• Gelson's Markets in Southern California has added its name to the list of companies switching to cage-free eggs. The company announced that it will convert all of its private-label packaged eggs to cage-free this year.  The company projects that close to 90% of its packaged egg sales will be cage-free by next year, with available eggs exclusively cage-free by 2020."
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