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• The Boston Globe reports that a restaurant in that city called Tasty Burger is challenging Chipotle's plans to open a chain of restaurants called Tasty Made, with plans to "aggressively protect" their trademark.

The story says that Tasty Burger believes that Chipotle is stealing both its name and trademarked logo. Chipotle, on the other hand, believes that "there is sufficient difference between the names and logo marks so as not to cause consumer confusion, and we believe both brands can co-exist.”

• The Los Angeles Times reports that "unionized Southland grocery workers have approved proposed labor contract with the owners of Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons," apparently by a wide margin.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that food manufacturers are looking to achieve new levels of simplicity in their product lines.

"Food giants such as ConAgra and General Mills are winnowing their ingredient lists to as few elements as possible," the Journal writes. "Some snack bars boast they are just fruit. Tortilla chips are nothing more than corn, salt and sunflower oil.

"Instead of burying ingredient lists in the fine print on the back of the package, food manufacturers are trumpeting simpler formulas prominently on the label’s front. More people care deeply about what’s in their food and insist on recognizing the ingredients. The litmus test for many consumers is whether those ingredients might appear in their own kitchen cupboards, food scientists and marketers say. For the clarity, people are willing to take some extra sugar or fat."

• In the UK, the Telegraph reports that a Tesco customer registered a complaint on the chain's Facebook page that was shared more than 27,000 times. The issue: he found a worm in his cucumber, which he said (tongue in cheek above stiff upper lip) he thought might be Tesco's attempt to improve on the time a few years ago when a customer found a poisonous spider inside an order of bananas.

I read "a worm in his cucumber," and wondered if this might be some sort of British euphemism...
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