• Southeastern Grocers (SEG), parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores, announced the continued expansion of its Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket banners, with eight new stores throughout Florida. SEG will open five new Fresco y Más stores in South Florida, and three new Harveys Supermarkets in West Florida, making the banners the fastest growing in the company.


• The Chicago Sun Times reports that in Illinois, “the Cook County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday repealed the penny-an-ounce levy on sweetened beverages it passed last November. Wednesday’s final action comes after a similar vote Tuesday in the board’s Finance Committee.”

The story notes that “the tax has been controversial since it was narrowly passed by the board … Dueling ad campaigns have argued that the tax is either an onerous burden on consumers that is hurting small businesses, or a way to provide desperately needed funds and promote healthy choices and combat child obesity.”