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Reily Foods plans to buy French Market coffee business

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW ORLEANS Reily Foods Company yesterday announced that it has made an agreement with French Market Coffee to purchase the business.

Reily Foods, the maker and distributor of such grocery store staples as Blue Plate mayonnaise, CDM coffee and Luzianne teas, has not reported the sum of its buyout offer for the iconic New Orleans French Market Coffee brand. Reily Foods said that it expects its purchase to expand the French Market brand into numerous new markets.

Before it is complete, the acquisition must be voted on by shareholder. However, the transaction is expected to be finished by the end of the year, published reports said.

Both American Coffee, the company that started the French Market Coffee tradition, and Reily Foods, are family-owned companies that are more than 100 years old.

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HEB, Food Lion help families plan meals for $10

BY Jenna Duncan

SAN ANTONIO, Texas Studies have shown that more people are eating at home to save money, instead of going out to restaurants. To respond to the growing number of home-cooked meals, HEB and Food Lion have both launched a line of budget meals designed to save customers time and money.

HEB’s “Feed a family of four for less than $10” is a program running on HEB’s Web site and in an email newsletter that presents seven different meal plans to feed a family four for under $10 with its “Fully Cooked” as the centerpiece. Recipes include a fajita Santa Fe chicken dinner, popcorn chicken salad dinner, spaghetti and meatballs and Texas ranch burger entrees.

Similarly, Food Lion has launched a “dinner for under $10” program to help families budget meals. Help in planning on a budget can be found on Food Lion’s Web site as well as with in-store signs.

“Our customers recently could find in one place all the ingredients for a spaghetti dinner for four for under $10,” Gene Faller, Food Lion’s vice president of the dry category said. “The next featured meal was a chicken biscuit dinner for under $10.”

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Missouri Price Chopper stores, Homeland Food to become Apple Market stores

BY Jenna Duncan

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Three grocery stores in the St. Joseph area will convert to Apple Market stores, local reports have said. The changeover expands Apple Markets’ presence in the Missouri area.

Two Price Chopper stores and a Homeland Food store, all owned by Oklahoma-based Homeland Foods Acquisition, will transition to Apple Market stores. Apple Market is a part of the Associated Wholesale Grocers retailer-owner cooperative.

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