CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here said it plans to appeal a jury’s verdict this week that awarded $7.2 million to a man who claims he contracted a respiratory disease from eating store-brand microwave popcorn daily for years. The man, Wayne Watson, 59, had filed suit against Kroger Co. and its Dillon Cos. division, which operates King Soopers in the Denver market, as well as the private-label maker of the popcorn, Chester, Ill.-based Gilster-Mary Lee Corp., claiming the companies ...

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