The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week said it has developed a fat substitute that won't induce cramps or diarrhea -- as some consumers claim of olestra, Procter & Gamble's fat substitute. USDA's fat replacer, Z-Trim, is made from food-crop by-products. In tests, Z-Trim has replaced fat in such foods as brownies and cheese spreads; it also may replace some flour used in baked goods. The USDA has applied for a Z-Trim patent, and plans to license it privately.
30 stores currently have pumps. The chain has been installing gas pumps, a line of six to eight premium and unleaded units, for the last two years. H-E-B installed the pumps on sites where it owned the property and parking would not be affected, De La Garza said.
Target Stores, Minneapolis, has opened two SuperTargets in metro Salt Lake City and plans to add another there in October. It now has seven supercenters. The new stores are in Centerville and Fort Union, Utah; the upcoming store will be in Sandy South Towne, Utah. Target, a Dayton Hudson discount chain, also has supercenters in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
Minyard Food Stores, Coppell, Texas, is donating one of its stores to the Dallas Urban League, a community group that plans to convert the building into its headquarters. The chain closed the 17,000-square-foot unit and another store to avoid competition from a 51,000-square-foot store it opened last week in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Minyard also plans to open a Carnival Food Store in East Dallas in the next few months.