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• The BBC reports that Whole Foods plans to close two of its nine UK stores, including its only store in Scotland.

I wonder if this is because Amazon-style accounting, which is different from Whole Foods-style accounting.


• The Irish Times reports that Dublin-based Total Produce continues to expand its US holdings, this time with “a 50 per cent stake in California company The Fresh Connection … Last year it also acquired a 65 per cent share in Los Angeles-based Progressive Produce.”

Total Produce exports fruits and vegetables to customers in more than 35 countries, and last year had total sales of more than $215 million.


• Kroger employees in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky have voted to ratify a new contract that guarantees a pay increase plus continued healthcare and retirement benefits to more than four thousand employees. The contract expires is August 2020.


• The United Fresh Produce Association announced that Hugh Topper, Group Vice President of Fresh Foods for H-E-B, has been named as the winner of its Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at its Foundation Gala Dinner on January 16 in San Diego.