Some Democratic senators are advancing legislation to extend unemployment benefits by six months in states with high unemployment. Alaska, Washington and Oregon have some of the highest unemployment rates in the country; as many as half of Washington's 200,000 unemployed could run out of benefits by December.
Such leading brands as General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft and H.J. Heinz are looking to take part in the the fastest-growing segment of U.S. food sales. The growth rate of organic foods is between 20% to 24%, and is expected to grow even more when the USDA issues organic-certification standards Oct. 21.
The grocery chain recently standardized its new Web-based HR software. The system, Workbrain's RetailERM, tracks work shifts, personnel changes, leave requests and self-serve functions for Winn-Dixie's more than 11,000 employees.