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Fresh & Easy to Open in Northern Calif.

BY CSA STAFF

San Francisco Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market announced on Wednesday that it will open 18 stores in Northern California starting in 2009. Eleven of the 18 locations will be in the greater East Bay area.

It will be the second wave of stores opened by Fresh & Easy, which has already debuted dozens of stores in Southern California, as well as in the Las Vegas and Phoenix metropolitan areas.

In the greater East Bay, the chain will open two stores each in Antioch and Hayward, as well as one each in Oakland, Walnut Creek, Concord, Danville, Oakley, Vallejo and Fairfield. In other parts of the Bay Area, the chain will open two stores each in San Francisco and San Jose, as well as individual stores in Napa, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

The stores are distinguished by their medium-size layout of about 10,000 sq. ft. and their emphasis on fresh produce and prepared foods.

The company has said it wants to build stores in both affluent communities and lower-income socioeconomic neighborhoods that typically lack large supermarkets.

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Imperial Sugar names new ceo

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SUGAR LAND, Texas Imperial Sugar today confirmed the appointment of John Sheptor as president and ceo and elected him to its board of directors, replacing Robert Peiser in each of these capacities.

Sheptor joined Imperial as evp and coo in February 2007 and has been responsible for all operations, logistics, sales, marketing, customer service and commodities management areas that support Imperials evolving go-to-market strategies. Prior to joining Imperial, he held the position of project director from 2005 to 2007 for the supply chain management system initiative funded under President Bushs Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief in Washington, DC.

Imperials chairman of the board James Gaffney said, Speaking for our entire board, we look forward to building on past accomplishments with John as our new chief executive. We all think that his talents, experience and vision, which include significant international activities, a focus on R&D and an extensive operations background, are very consistent with the current needs of the company.”

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Wal-Mart manages global supply risk

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AUSTIN, Texas Wal-Mart has selected Strategic Forecasting to assess and rank security risk for countries in its global supply chain. According to the company, Wal-Mart is now requiring its supplier’s to use Strategic Forecasting’s Supply Risk Monitoring service.

Under the agreement Strategic Forecasting will provide Wal-Mart with a comprehensive supply chain security risk monitoring service whereby countries within Wal-Marts supply chain are ranked as high, medium or low for risks associated with the supply chain infrastructure. Using a unique analytical methodology the service will monitor and evaluate countries based on risks from terrorism, insurrection, crime, the political and regulatory environment, natural disasters, as well as several other factors related to supply chain infrastructure to produce a quantifiable measure of the actual risk to a nation’s supply chain.

George Friedman, founder and ceo of Strategic Forecasting said that Working with Wal-Mart is a great honor and responsibility for Stratfor. We believe our supply risk monitor tool will enable Wal-Mart to better evaluate the security risk levels of countries it deals with in its supply chain. 

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