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Whole Foods launches charitable organization for children

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Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market announced Monday it is launching a charitable organization with a goal to provide children access to healthy foods.

Whole Kids Foundation, said the grocer, will work with schools, educators and other organizations to help improve children’s food choices.

The foundation’s first initiative is a program to help put in place or expand teaching gardens to help build children’s relationships with food through the power of gardening.

"We are excited to formalize our commitment to improving childhood nutrition and wellness through our new foundation," said Walter Robb, the company’s co-CEO and chairman of the foundation. "By collaborating with schools and parents, we believe we can increase fruit and vegetable consumption both at schools and at home and make a significant contribution in the fight against childhood obesity."

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Tesco stores to test free WiFi

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London — Britain’s largest retailer Tesco said Sunday it plans to pilot free WiFi Internet service in its stores, allowing customers to compare prices and read product reviews as they shop.

According to a Sunday report by the Financial Times, the supermarket retailer is currently testing the service in four stores, with plans to quickly roll it out after evaluating the pilot.

Tesco is thought to be the first big U.K. retailer to test free WiFi.

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Lowe’s names Reeves senior VP

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Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Cos. said Friday it has promoted M. Lee Reeves to senior VP, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary.

Reeves, who joined Lowe’s in 2004 as senior counsel, will lead the corporate transactions, intellectual property and information technology legal teams as a part of his new role.

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