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Food Lion Plans 40 More 'Round' Formats ful tests in which two of the first three round-format Food Lion prototypes have exceeded sales expectations, the company will build up to 20 new stores featuring the design next year and will remodel another 20 stores to incorporate features of the design, a Food Lion spokesman told SN. The first round store opened last September in Concord, N.C.USDA Approves

Food Lion Plans 40 More 'Round' Formats

ful tests in which two of the first three round-format Food Lion prototypes have exceeded sales expectations, the company will build up to 20 new stores featuring the design next year and will remodel another 20 stores to incorporate features of the design, a Food Lion spokesman told SN. The first round store opened last September in Concord, N.C.

USDA Approves Irradiation On Imported Produce

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture published in the Federal Register last week a new rule permitting the use of irradiation on imported fruits and vegetables that are often subject to fruit fly infestation. Currently, the only irradiated produce sold in the U. S. are papaya and some other specialty fruits from Hawaii. This rule could have a substantial impact, given that up to 40% of produce sold domestically is imported, observers said.