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Malt liquors disappear from Utah retail shelves

BY Jenna Duncan

SALT LAKE CITY Last week, Utah saw a new state law go into effect—one that banned the sale of malt liquor beverages from convenience and grocery stores. Additionally, Utah’s state liquor control commissioners have ordered every type of flavored malt drinks to be relabeled with language that clearly states they contain alcohol.

Alcohol drinks such as Bacardi, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Smirnoff Ice and Sparks were pulled from shelves, with the condition that they would now only be available in state-run liquor stores. And just a little over a week after the ban took effect, it seems that malt beverages are nary to be found anywhere in the state, reports have said.

Sharon Makay, Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s spokeswoman told the press that she believes very few bottles of flavored malt beverages are in any of the state-run stores. This is likely a result of the great task and expense that brewers would have relabeling all of relabeling beverages for Utah. A-B’s spokesman, Andrew Baldonado, for example, has already stated that Bacardi Silver and Tequiza malt drinks will not longer be shipped to Utah.

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Meijer adds bulk groceries to its list of online shopping items

BY Jenna Duncan

HOLLAND, Mich. Meijer grocery chain has announced the start of its Grocery By The Case bulk shopping program online.

More than 2,000 dry goods and groceries have been added to the Web site and free delivery is offered for orders over $150, the company has said.

Meijer said it is expanding its bulk offerings to better compete with bulk chain stores, such as Costco and Sam’s Club. It will offer a special discounted delivery charge to elderly customers every other Friday for $3.

Online grocery shopping at Meijer is available at www.meijer.com.

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Pringles creates customized snack cans in time for holidays

BY Melissa Valliant

CINCINNATI You may find that Pringles replaced the candy in your stocking this season. Procter & Gamble launched a new application on the Pringles Web site Monday that allows visitors to personally design a Pringles can. Beginning Oct. 27, the company will donate $1 for every submitted creation to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that raises money through U.S. and Canadian corporate partners and directly distributes its funds to participating hospitals.

The site allows Pringles fans to create their own background, choose one of the application’s many colors, gradients and pre-made templates or upload personal photos. Text can also be added. The designs can be saved to the site for all visitors to view and vote on, with the three categories being Funniest, Most Creative and Best Design. Print, wrap around the can and glue or tape where the ends meet for a customized can that can serve as a holiday cookie container, gift box or stocking stuffer.

“The Can Creator is a great opportunity for people to make a difference, said Children’s Miracle Network. “During the holidays, people are looking for ways to donate time or money to charitable causes, and Pringles has offered visitors the unique opportunity to easily give back.”

The money raised—up to $20,000—will be awarded on or before June 30, 2009.

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