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9/25/2017

Kroger launched a website on Friday that invites local suppliers to pitch their products directly to store buyers, a bid to expand the availability of regional products as competitor Whole Foods Market scales back its local offerings. Although Kroger already offers regional products in 35 states, the company is hoping to grow the program with its new web-based platform.

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9/25/2017

Dunkin' Brands has expanded a deal with Amtrak that will make its Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend and Dunkin' Decaf the exclusive coffees offered on all of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor trains. Amtrak, whose Northeast Corridor trains serve about 12 million passengers annually, first started serving Dunkin' coffee on its Acela trains between Boston and Washington, D.C., in April.

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9/25/2017

Pladis does not intend to bid for Nestle's $2 billion North American confectionery business, said CEO Cem Karakas. The company, which owns Godiva and McVitie's, is opting instead to invest in its premium chocolate business, a category that has seen higher growth over the last five years than mass-market confections.

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Reuters
9/25/2017

Persimmons have a short season, but the fruits can be used in many different ways in early fall, from baked goods to an accompaniment for cheese plates. The flatter Fuyu persimmons can be eaten while still firm, while the Hachiya variety should be very ripe for the sweetest flavor.

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Tasting Table
9/25/2017

Data analysis can be overwhelming for restaurants, but there are simple steps operators can take to boost sales, starting with figuring out which problems take priority, said GoodData CEO Roman Stanek. He and other analytics professionals share a primer for turning data analytics into higher restaurant sales.

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9/25/2017

Uber's third-party restaurant delivery service, UberEats, is proving successful and could be a key strength as the company prepares to go public in the next few years. The service is available in 120 global markets, and in some parts of the world, including Tokyo and Seoul, South Korea, it's bigger business than Uber's main ride-hailing service, the company said.

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9/25/2017

Howard Schultz has increasingly been speaking out on social issues since stepping down as Starbucks CEO, sparking speculation that he could be planning a presidential run in 2020, writes Aaron Blake. "I think the country, in many ways, is in need of a moral, a cultural and an economic transformation," Schultz said at a Washington Post job fair last week.

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9/25/2017

More than 3,000 Yelp searches included the word "Instagram" last month, up from about 100 in May 2015, reflecting consumers' growing demand for food experiences that are worthy of posting on social media. Restaurants are creating more photo-friendly conditions to please social-savvy diners, including New York City's Pietro Nolita which boasts an all-pink interior.

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9/25/2017

Virtually all of the dining space at Salazar, a Sonoran barbecue restaurant in Los Angeles, is outdoors, an issue last winter when the city saw unseasonably high rainfall. Cold, rain and other inclement weather conditions are constant concerns for restaurants that depend on al fresco dining.

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Eater
9/25/2017

Giant Eagle will roll out a new rewards program called fuelperks+ in central Ohio this week, offering discounts not only on gasoline at store pumps but also on grocery and pharmacy purchases. The company saw immediate business gains after testing the upgraded loyalty program in Indianapolis.