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Lowes Foods Discontinues the Use of Lean Finely Textured Beef  -- Winston-Salem, NC - March 23, 2012
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Due to growing customer concerns, Lowes Foods will discontinue the use of lean finely textured beef in our fresh ground beef products.

Currently over 90% of all our fresh ground beef does not contain lean finely textured beef. We are listening to our customers and are addressing their concerns with regard to the recent press.

While considered safe by the USDA, we have decided to discontinue the use of lean finely textured beef in all of our fresh ground beef products.

About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.  Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs 9000 people and operates 107 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The company is committed to offering fabulous fresh foods and delivering personal attention to each of its customers.  Family-owned and Carolinas-based, Lowes Foods is also committed to buying local products and supporting local suppliers.  They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping service and an online meal planner that focus on saving people time and money. Information about these programs and other services offered by the company may be found at or by following Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter.


About Alex Lee

Founded in 1931, Alex Lee, Inc is a family owned company based in Hickory, North Carolina.  Employing over 10,000 people, Alex Lee, Inc. is the holding company for three operating companies, Merchants Distributors, Inc. (MDI), Institution Food House, Inc. (IFH) and Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.  Locally owned and operated, Alex Lee, Inc. is the full service food distribution company with grocery wholesale distributors, foodservice distributors, and retail grocery stores.  More information on Alex Lee, Inc. can be found at



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