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6/23/2017

Restaurant Brands International will source only chickens raised without the use of antibiotics that are important to human health by the end of next year at Burger King and Tim Hortons. The company, which acquired Popeyes Louisiana Chicken earlier this year, said it will expand the practice to all of its brands in the future.

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Reuters
6/23/2017

Amazon's deal to acquire Whole Foods Market could bring new challenges for Target, which recently launched a three-year revitalization and store redesign plan with food playing a key role. "Whatever competitive pressures were out there before today are now accentuated with this move," Morgan Stanley Analyst Simeon Gutman said.

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Bloomberg
6/23/2017

Kroger sold 8.2 billion units of private label goods last year, marking a record for the retailer, and it will look to build on that success by adding more exclusive products to its 30,000-SKU private label lines, the company said. The retailer has expanded its private label lines by about 60 items per month for the last year and a half and has added about 1,000 products to its private label offerings so far this year.

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Kroger
6/23/2017

Kroger has adopted a new mission statement to "Feed the Human Spirit," marking the retailer's shopper-focused strategy to cater to consumers' needs in today's rapidly changing retail environment, Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen said Thursday. "Kroger has evolved many times over 134 years. We have successfully adapted and competed thanks to our relentless focus on customers and that is why we are confident in our ability to evolve today," he said.

6/23/2017

Students at a middle school in Massachusetts are building a greenhouse on campus that will serve as a "micro-farm." Plans call for using food produced in the greenhouse in school meals.

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Massachusetts
6/23/2017

Mondelez currently has the most robust health and wellness pipeline in the company's history, including next month's launch of its Vea line, said CEO Irene Rosenfeld. She sees some products as candidates to remove from Mondelez's portfolio, and the company "will continue to look at opportunities to do that, but we want to it in a disciplined way, because we don't want to give up the shelf space and we want to make sure that we don't open the door to competition," she said.

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CEO Irene Rosenfeld, Mondelez
6/23/2017

For Coca-Cola's creative and design director Alex Center, packaging and design prompt shoppers to fall in love with a brand, making design as important as strategy and positioning. "You package what your brand is, and you try to charm people through your packaging," he says.

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Coca-Cola
6/23/2017

An expanding middle class in China is opening up fresh opportunities for US-based food and beverage companies like Gerber and Ocean Spray. "Products have been so well received in China that it (has) accounted for almost 7% of our total yearly sales," said Ocean Spray's Cheryl Sullivan, who added that the company has seen double-digit growth annually since launching in the country.

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China Daily (Beijing)
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Gerber
6/23/2017

Brining in buttermilk or even a simple mix of salt and water helps fried chicken stay moist and flavorful, according to Richard Hales, the executive chef of Bird & Bone in Miami. The exterior should be golden and crunchy, and can be flavored with herbs, the Japanese seasoning blend shichimi togarashi or a mix of hot spices for a Nashville-style kick.

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Tasting Table
6/23/2017

Rose wine has become a summer staple but it doesn't have to simply provide a sweet burst of fruit, Eric Asimov writes. Winemakers from around the world offer roses with savory notes, such Horse & Plow's 2016 North Coast vintage.

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