Gap will open first Brazil store in 2013

San Francisco-based Gap said it will open its first-ever stand-alone Gap stores in Brazil in fall 2013.

The retailer said the new stores in the largest South American nation is part of an ongoing quest for global expansion by Gap.

"Given that Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world and the largest Latin American economy, we feel that this market provides us with an incredible growth opportunity," said Stefan Laban, Gap's managing director of strategic alliances.

The first Gap stores will open in São Paulo, the country's largest city, followed by Rio de Janeiro. The stores will house Gap, GapKids and babyGap collections.

Gap franchise stores can be found in 40 markets throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Australia. The expansion into Latin America began in 2011. It now has stores in Chile, Uruguay, Panama, Colombia and Mexico.

Safeway meets humane eggs goals

Pleasanton-based Safeway said it has become the first major grocery company to institute a national commitment to certified humane cage-free eggs.

Safeway also said it has surpassed its sourcing and sales goals for cage-free eggs.

In 2008, Safeway began an initiative with existing suppliers to have all Lucerne Cage-Free and O Organics shell eggs sourced from farms that are certified humane.


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In 2010, Safeway announced a goal of increasing sales of cage-free eggs from 6 percent to 12 percent of the shell egg category within two years. Today more than 15 percent of overall egg sales in the category are cage-free eggs.

-- Staff