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8/22/2017

Starbucks took a gamble when it launched a mobile ordering and payment system in 2015, and the bet has paid off -- last quarter saw 9% of orders come in via mobile, and almost one-third were paid for with the mobile app. The international coffee chain plans to grow by 10,000 stores to 37,000 locations over the next four years.

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8/22/2017

Kroger is teaming with vendor The Grocery Runners to test a home delivery service for grocery shoppers in its home market of Cincinnati. The service, which includes a fee for users, is among several delivery tests the retailer has participated in as Kroger works to find its best fit for a grocery delivery model.

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8/22/2017

Meijer will streamline and reorganize its information technology services team in a bid to better position the retailer in the competitive retail market and increase efficiencies, Senior Director of Communications Frank Guglielmi said. The move comes as Meijer works to increase its efforts in grocery e-commerce and adjust to changing shopper preferences.

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8/22/2017

After three years of strong growth, Kroger faces growing grocery competition from Amazon, Walmart, ALDI and Lidl. CEO Rodney McMullen, who began his Kroger career as a stock clerk, talks about the current challenges, industry changes and how his company is taking on the competition.

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8/22/2017

Organic foods are now mainstream in the US market, as about 82% of shoppers purchase organic foods on a regular basis, and the focus in the organic market has shifted to lower prices, bulk buying and convenience, according to data from Ekowarehouse.

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8/22/2017

Casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday is in the midst of a strategic review that could result in a sale, and on Monday the company unveiled a 12-month plan to revive sales and return to profitability. The plan includes a simplified menu, the rollout of a mobile app and other efforts to improve the dining experience.

8/22/2017

Foodservice professionals working in early-childhood programs, K-12 schools, colleges and hospitals in Wisconsin will have access to information about serving local food through the state's "Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier" program. Training will be offered at five sites across the state.

8/22/2017

Farmer Brothers will acquire Portland-based coffee brand Boyd Coffee Company in a deal valued at $58.6 million. The complete integration of the two companies could take as long as a year, said Boyd CEO Jeffrey Newman.

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8/22/2017

Dashi -- the light and flavorful stock that forms the base of many Japanese dishes -- is often made with just water and dried kelp, although mushrooms and dried fish flakes are sometimes added for flavor. Starting with cold water and allowing ingredients to steep is a gentle method of drawing out flavors, said Japanese cooking expert Elizabeth Andoh.

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8/22/2017

New York-based perfumery Le Labo is releasing its city-exclusive fragrances worldwide for the month of September, bringing scents like Paris' Vanille 44 and London's Poivre 23 to customers around the globe. The company will also reintroduce Aldehyde 44 to its collection this fall and add a fragrance called Mousse De Chene 30.

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