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4/25/2018

The McDonald's restaurant in the chain's new downtown Chicago headquarters will serve popular menu items from around the world including the McSpicy Chicken Sandwich that's served in Hong Kong. Other items include the Mighty Angus Burger and Cheese & Bacon Loaded Fries, which originated in Canada and Australia, respectively.

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4/25/2018

Black students made up 15% of students enrolled in public schools during the 2015-16 school year, however, they accounted for 31% of students referred to police or arrested, according to a report by the US Education Department. Data also show similar disparities in suspensions and expulsions.

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Education Department
4/25/2018

Meal delivery service DoorDash has launched a partnership with Walmart to deliver groceries to customers' doors, initially in Atlanta. The test is an important step in DoorDash's plan to branch out beyond meal delivery, according to Chief Operating Officer Christopher Payne, who said "meal delivery is really a small sliver of what we're working on."

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4/25/2018

Cherries are a powerful driver of sales in the produce department, generating up to 10% of total weekly sales while in season, and consumers have been buying them in larger quantities. "The big thing about cherries with retailers is it is truly about the only seasonal item left," said Dick Spezzano, president of Spezzano Consulting Service.

4/25/2018

Kraft Heinz and Food Network have partnered to launch a line of condiments and meal kits designed to bring international cooking into the kitchen. The range features cooking sauces with flavors including Korean Gochujang, eight salad dressings such as Cuban Style Orange Citrus and five varieties of Food Network Kitchen Inspirations meal kits, among them Chicken Tikka Masala and Tuscan-Style Mushroom Risotto.

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4/25/2018

Almonds offer multiple advantages as an ingredient in chocolate products, according to Lu Ann Williams of Innova Market Insights. Almonds not only convey a healthy message to consumers, they also deliver plant-based protein and texture to indulgent snacks, she said.

4/25/2018

Keurig Green Mountain expects to finalize its acquisition of Dr Pepper Snapple Group during this year's second quarter, the latter company said in a release of its first-quarter 2018 earnings. Dr Pepper reported a 16% rise in volumes of its Canada Dry line, driven by innovation and increasing consumer demand for ginger ale.

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4/25/2018

Ocado is looking to drive greater efficiencies with technology ranging from self-driving trucks to machine learning, but the company hasn’t lost its focus on the customer. Co-founder and CEO Tim Steiner shares strategies and a vision for the future of food retail -- and moving from an evolution to a revolution.

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fmi.org
4/25/2018

The new FMI Finding the Profitable Path to Your Digitally Engaged Grocery Shoppers: Free Executive Workbook 2018 helps companies think through their organizational structure, partnerships and strategy. Gather your team and plan your route. Download the free workbook.

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4/25/2018


The shift to digital purchasing of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) is not only pervasive, it's all-inclusive. It's being driven by a diverse set of consumers, not just by millennials or the most affluent shoppers. Presented from the perspective of the independent operator, listen to speakers from Nielsen and FMI discuss how to create an omnichannel-ready organization.

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