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11/17/2017

Chef and Momofuku founder David Chang has been named to the NBC Sports team covering the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Chang will tell stories and share insights into Korean food and the country's traditions and culture.

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11/17/2017

Smart & Final Stores reported strong results for the third quarter, including an increase in same-store sales. The company said it's been increasing promotional spending to compete with traditional grocers and touted its success in the e-commerce realm, including the launch of a direct-order site, delivery services and a test of a click-and-collect service at about 12 Smart & Final and Cash & Carry stores.

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11/17/2017

At least 40 new eateries opened in Seattle in less than two months this summer, highlighting the fast-changing nature of the city's restaurant scene. The number of dining places grew 25% to 2,696 in the past decade, according to the Department of Revenue, and the one-year survival rate for eateries in Seattle is around 87%, despite some recent high-profile closures.

11/17/2017

J.M. Smucker Co. has watched its e-commerce sales of coffee and Jif peanut butter rise by more than 150% and 75%, respectively, during the company's most recent quarter. "These represent some of the fastest-growing categories in e-commerce as they are well suited for a subscription model," said CEO Mark Smucker.

11/17/2017

Hostess Brands has joined forces with Nestle to produce brownies that are dipped in fudge and topped with bits of Butterfinger candy. "As we continue our chocolate-peanut butter innovation streak, the brownie segment brings even more opportunities to get creative with our expanding portfolio," said Burke Raine, chief marketing officer for Hostess.

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Delish
11/17/2017

Coca-Cola will test a new stevia-sweetened cola in a small international market during early 2018. The latest formulation is said to improve on earlier attempts to substitute stevia for sugar; the company has tweaked the recipe to eliminate the aftertaste that consumers previously disliked.

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11/17/2017

Pret a Manger owner Bridgepoint has signed a deal to become Burger King's master franchisee in the UK, and has also acquired a British franchisee that operates 74 Burger King units. Burger King has about 500 units in the UK.

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Burger King, Bridgepoint
11/17/2017

New York City based nonprofit City Harvest has launched a multichannel marketing campaign with a positive tone, highlighting the 35-year-old group's accomplishments and the solutions it has found for feeding the city's hungry. City Harvest collects surplus food from restaurants, retailers and other sources and distributes it to about 500 food pantries, soup kitchens and other food programs.

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11/17/2017

The Council of the District of Columbia is considering adding universal free lunches to all city public and charter schools. All schools already serve free breakfasts, and about 75% of schools offer both free breakfasts and lunches.

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11/17/2017

The interim superintendent of a Maryland school district helped serve a special Thanksgiving-themed meal to students. The meal included traditional holiday fare, such as turkey and mashed potatoes.

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