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Fresh Produce Group Spent $206K Lobbying in 1Q

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, D.C. The United Fresh Produce Association, which represents farmers, grocers and restaurant chains, spent $206,600 lobbying the federal government in the first quarter.

The group lobbied on government nutrition programs, food-safety regulations, a proposed guest worker program and other issues.

Members of the association include Safeway Inc. and Kroger Co.

Besides Congress, the group lobbied the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the first three months of the year, according to the form filed April 21 with the House clerk’s office.

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Best Buy turns to new categories for sales boost

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ATLANTA Best Buy is looking to make some changes, such as adding more musical instruments at some stores, in an effort to double annual sales over the next five years, according to a Reuters report.

Best Buy executives speaking at an Oppenheimer Consumer Growth Conference said that while the company will continuing to seek growth in its more traditional electronics categories, growth in non-core segments, like musical instruments, was also important, Reuters reported.

In addition, company executives said digital services and international expansion were key to sales growth.

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Chai named latest Target GO International designer

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MINNEAPOLIS Richard Chai has become the latest designer to create a limited-edition collection for Target as part of its GO International program. The Richard Chai line will debut on Aug. 3 at Target.com/go and at most Target stores and will be available throughout the month of August.

“Richard Chai has created a sophisticated and contemporary collection for Target,” said Trish Adams, senior vp of Target. “Richard’s keen eye for detail and design aesthetic translates beautifully into a dynamic, well-tailored collection that is chic, wearable and that women across the country will love.”

 

The Richard Chai for Target collection, ranging in price from $12.99 to $79.99, includes wardrobe essentials such as structured dresses, jersey draped tees, twill shorts, skinny denim trousers and exposed front-zipper miniskirts.

Richard Chai for Target collection, ranging in price from $12.99 to $79.99, includes wardrobe essentials such as structured dresses, jersey draped tees, twill shorts, skinny denim trousers and exposed front-zipper miniskirts.

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