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News Briefs for May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

•Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb has said his company will explore a potential acquisition of some parts of Tesco’s Fresh & Easy retail chain, which has been on the block since late last year and has already attracted suitors, according to Tesco. In an interview with Dow Jones MarketWatch late last week, Robb acknowledged Whole Foods’ interest in Fresh & Easy, but said there’s no guarantee a bid will come to fruition. Fellow retail chains Aldi and Trader Joe’s have also been linked to discussions for the struggling Fresh & Easy brand, which has 200 stores across California, Arizona and Nevada and stocks more than 450 wines.

•San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Co. has added Luxardo Aperitivo ($19.99 a 750-ml.) to its U.S. import portfolio. A light, bittersweet liqueur, the 11%-abv offering is named after the Italian aperitivo occasion, in which a liqueur is served prior to a meal. Luxardo Aperitivo features an infusion of herbs, roots and citrus and is designed to be enjoyed with fruit juices, wines and in cocktails, such as the Spritz (where it’s combined with Prosecco). In addition to Luxardo Aperitivo, Anchor Distilling currently imports close to 20 liqueurs from Italy’s Luxardo Distillery, including its Amaretto, Limoncello, Sambuca and Maraschino expressions. Luxardo is the largest brand in Anchor’s portfolio, at around 20,000 cases.

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