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5/24/2017

McDonald's remained the top-ranked restaurant company on Forbes' 2017 Global 2000 list, but it fell several spaces since last year. Starbucks, Darden Restaurants, Yum Brands and Burger King parent Restaurant Brands International also made the list, which ranks companies across industries based on size.

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5/24/2017

Starbucks' plan for 15 new cafes in low- and moderate-income US neighborhoods includes the Red Bird Mall in southern Dallas. Stores opened in Queens, N.Y., and Ferguson, Mo., last year and other locations include Phoenix, Seattle, Long Beach, Calif., and Birmingham, Ala.

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5/24/2017

Albertsons is bulking up its digital team, hiring Karl Varsanyi to lead its product management and user experience efforts and Ramiya Iyer to lead digital, marketing and merchandising. The move is part of the retailer's larger digitally-focused strategy that also includes bolstering its digital loyalty offerings and its digital marketing and e-commerce efforts, and expanding home delivery and data usage.

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5/24/2017

Dollar General will start selling a slew of exclusive and limited-edition products from national brands this week including veteran-focused Coca-Cola cans, Oreo Mississippi Mud Pie cookies, Mott's mango juice and Mango Monsoon Hawaiian Punch. The retailer will also run a promotion of its "Simple Summer Meals" tool, which gives shoppers easy meal and recipe options developed in partnership with television's Sunny Anderson.

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5/24/2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday published a proposed budget that includes more than $9 billion in cuts for education. The cuts drew swift action from more than 20,000 people who sent emails in opposition to the changes. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected today to testify before Congress about the proposed budget.

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5/24/2017

Meal kit startup Chef'd has received a $10 million investment from Campbell Soup as part of a new partnership between the firms. The investment, which was made directly by Campbell Soup rather than through its venture capital arm, will make Campbell the meal kit firm's largest strategic investor.

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Fortune
5/24/2017

Minute Maid is encouraging members of the younger generation to send their parents "reverse care packages" in the latest iteration of the company's #doingood campaign. Minute Maid has released a long-form video for social and digital channels showing a soldier sending a care package to her parents and then surprising them with an unanticipated visit home.

5/24/2017

Students at an elementary school in California are growing many items -- from strawberries to artichokes -- in an on-campus organic garden. Students also create recipes from the produce they grow in the garden.

5/24/2017

Coca-Cola Refreshments veterans Paul Mulligan and Fran McGorry are launching Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages LLC, a new bottling firm that will include regions in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. The new venture will also include four manufacturing facilities, and is part of Coca-Cola's plan to finalize its refranchising program.

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MarketWatch
5/24/2017

Jamaican beef patties -- spiced beef wrapped in a flaky crust -- are catching on in the US, from New York City to Lawrence, Kan. Machine-made patties are common at convenience stores and restaurants, but some shops like Hammond's Bakery in Florida form the savory pastries by hand.