Organizations oppose legislation lowering age to drive interstate

Several organizations — including trucking’s leading owner-operator group — have sent a letter to the federal government opposing two pieces of legislation that would lower the age requirement for getting a CDL and driving from state to state.

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Exclusive: China seeks trade firewall with U.S. allies in rush of ambassador meetings – sources

China’s international trade representative held a series of meetings with the ambassadors from major European nations last week to ask them to stand together with Beijing against U.S. protectionism, according to four sources familiar with the discussions.

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Global mergers and acquisitions reach record high in first quarter

Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) had their strongest start ever in the first quarter of 2018, totaling $1.2 trillion in value, as U.S. tax reform and faster economic growth in Europe unleashed many companies’ dealmaking instincts.

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Report: Target, Big Lots and Aldi are just a few companies eyeing Toys ‘R’ Us properties

A handful of Toys “R” Us stores will go on the block this week — and they are generating attention among retailers and real estate firms, alike.

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Carlyle-Led Consortium to Buy Akzo Nobel’s Chemicals Unit for $12.6 Billion

A consortium led by private-equity giant Carlyle Group LP agreed Tuesday to buy the specialty chemicals business of Dutch paints giant Akzo Nobel NV for €10.1 billion ($12.6 billion) including debt, as competition among cash-rich buyout firms for bigger deals heats up.

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In Grocery’s Physical-Digital Age, Side with the Shopper

The line between physical and digital in the grocery space continues to blur. And grocers are mistaken if they believe choosing one over the other is the key to winning.

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Campbell Soup, Nestle placing bets on personalized nutrition

Personalized nutrition is “the next big opportunity” for packaged food companies, said Stephanie Naegeli, global director of marketing and innovation food at Nestle S.A. “It’s also a huge challenge because what C.P.G. is traditionally really good at is producing the same product at scale,” Ms. Naegeli said during a panel discussion at the Future Food-Tech conference, held March 22-23 in San Francisco. “Personalized nutrition is kind of the opposite of that, and so how are we going to do that?”

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GSK buys out Novartis in $13 billion consumer healthcare shake-up

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) is buying Novartis (NOVN.S) out of their consumer healthcare joint venture for $13 billion, taking full control of products including Sensodyne toothpaste, Panadol headache tablets, muscle gel Voltaren, and Nicotinell patches.

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