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Business news briefs: Heinz sells a brand, will make plastic packaging products

April 28, 2012 12:45 am From staff and wire reports Heinz sells a brand, will make plastic packaging products

Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz co. has sold its Sonnen Bassermann brand, which includes canned soups and stews, to Struik Foods Europe for an undisclosed amount. Heinz, which acquired the brand in 1999 from Groupe Danone, will use the factory in Seesen, Germany, to make plastic packaging products. Twenty jobs in Heinz's Dusseldorf office will be cut.

Construction contract value here has jumped to $140M

The value of contracts for future construction in the Pittsburgh region jumped by 46 percent in March boosted by a huge increase in residential contracts, McGraw-Hill Construction reported Friday. Contracts were valued at $140 million in March, up from $96 million in March 2011. Residential contracts for the month totaled $85 million, more than double the total value of $41.9 million a year ago. For the year to date, contracts totaled $394.8 million, up 10 percent from the first three months of 2011. The region includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Head of rue21 received $2.6M in compensation

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Wal-Mart shoppers can order online, pay in store

Wal-Mart shoppers now will be able to pay cash for online purchases. The world's largest retailer on Thursday said it will allow shoppers to buy items on Walmart.com and then pay for them with cash at all of its 3,800 U.S. stores. The discounter says it's the first major retailer to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase online without a bank account, or credit, debit or prepaid card.

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