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•  The BBC reports that for the first time since 1996, when an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease led to a ban on British beef in the US, some UK beef will now be sold in the US - an expansion that could be worth more the equivalent of more than $80 million to the industry over the next five years.

•  Hy-Vee announced that "it is now offering childhood vaccinations through its more than 270 pharmacy locations in eight states.

"Immunizations typically given at well-child visits by a physician can now be administered by a Hy-Vee pharmacist without a prescription or an appointment. Medicaid and most insurance plans cover immunizations at no charge. The news comes at a time when many families are making plans to get their annual flu shot – of which Hy-Vee has plenty of supply … Also, customers are now able to complete and submit their Vaccine Consent Form as well as book an appointment for vaccinations or flu shots in advance online."

•  ShopRite yesterday announced that "its popular ShopRite Deli & More app has become ShopRite Order Express, providing an even easier way for customers to order their favorite fresh deli meats, cheeses, meals-to-go, catering, appetizers, special occasion cakes and more from different ShopRite departments … Using the refreshed app, customers can order platters and catering with just the touch of a button. Options on the catering side include choices such as cakes and desserts, sandwich platters, appetizers, entrees, fruits and veggies, salads, sides, seafood, sushi, even floral arrangements and balloons.

"In addition, the new ShopRite Order Express app offers timesaving features such as a custom cake builder where shoppers can design their own special occasion cake online. Personalization options for cake design include flavors, filling, frosting colors and messages."