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8/16/2017

Researchers from the University of South Florida have developed a curriculum to support high-performing students. Sixteen high schools will pilot the Advancing Coping and Engagement curriculum in ninth-grade International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes.

8/16/2017

Ignite Restaurant Group has closed several Joe's Crab Shack locations, including all of its Michigan restaurants, as it awaits bankruptcy court approval for a plan that would sell the company to Landry's. Landry's expects the chain to downsize from 75 to 60 units, said CEO Tilman Fertitta.

8/16/2017

Taco Bell will launch a breakfast taco made with a fried egg as the shell nationwide on Aug. 31, following a four-month test in Flint, Mich. The Naked Egg Taco is filled with fried potatoes, cheese and bacon or sausage.

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8/16/2017

Amazon made $16 billion in bond sales Tuesday to shore up its planned acquisition of Whole Foods Market, sources said. The move marks the online retailer's fourth debt sale since 1998, and Moody's Investors Service upped the company's outlook to positive due to its pending Whole Foods purchase.

8/16/2017

Publix Supermarkets has named Erik Katenkamp as its new vice president of omnichannel and application development, the company said Monday. "With dedicated resources, we will be able to focus on the accelerated growth of our omnichannel strategy," Publix President and CEO Todd Jones said.

8/16/2017

Hy-Vee has transitioned all of the fresh and frozen seafood items sold at its 245 stores to environmentally responsible sourcing, the company said. The retailer has transitioned more than 5 million pounds of seafood to responsible sourcing since launching the effort in 2012, and the move makes Hy-Vee the first retailer in the Midwest to sell only responsibly-sourced seafood.

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8/16/2017

Chicago and its nearby suburbs have access to 262 grocery stores, which account for about 9.3 million square feet of retail space, marking the lowest amount in eight years, according to Mid-America Real Estate Group. The decline has been driven by a changing food retail industry that has seen disruption and bankruptcies, and the exit of retailers including Dominick's from the Chicago market.

8/16/2017

Hormel subsidiary Applegate is rolling out its new Applegate Naturals No Sugar Bacon, which will hit grocery shelves this month. "With a growing demand for sugar-free options, we're excited to deliver a bacon that supports the needs of those looking to reduce their sugar intake, while upholding Applegate values-making products with humanely raised meats and simple ingredients," said Applegate's Nicole Glenn.

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8/16/2017

Consumers want simpler ingredients in their foods, but taste is still a major factor driving food purchases, said General Mills CEO Jeffrey Harmening. Sales of Cinnamon Toast Crunch rose after the cereal brand added more cinnamon, and consumers responded more positively to Lucky Charms when the company discussed marshmallows than when it talked about removing artificial colors and flavors, Harmening said.

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8/16/2017

Sparkling water sales have soared from $961 million just four years ago to $1.8 billion in the year ending May 27, 2017, Nielsen data indicates. Sparkling Ice, the flavored, sparkling water brand from TalkingRain Beverage, saw sales rise more than 60-fold between 2010 and 2016, and the company aims to keep the momentum going with upcoming product launches that are free from artificial ingredients.

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