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5/22/2018

Hershey, Ritz and Pillsbury led a list of the 10 favorite food brands among consumers, which was compiled by Morning Consult Intelligence. Among consumers ages 18 to 29, the top brand was Oreos, followed by Doritos and Hershey, according to the survey.

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Ritz, Doritos, Pillsbury
5/22/2018

Independent grocers can learn a lesson from the indie bookstores that survived the coming of Amazon, namely that the shopping experience makes a difference, Kat Martin writes. Competing on price with the retail giants is tough, but some shoppers want to support local stores they enjoy visiting, she writes.

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Amazon
5/22/2018

General Mills is paying more attention to the health of the soils that grow its ingredients, said chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch. "If the front end of that engine -- Mother Nature and farming communities -- starts to break down, our business becomes either really expensive to operate, or sometimes impossible to operate because we can't get what we need in order to make those products," he said.

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5/22/2018

Comcast has rolled out an insurance pilot program in Houston that offers discounts to consumers using Xfinity Home services. Customers of insurance broker Hippo will be able to receive additional savings when they add smart safety devices such as smoke detectors to their networks.

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Comcast
5/22/2018

Preorders for Sony's 10.3-inch Digital Paper E Ink slate are open, though the company has not announced a ship date for the anticipated device. The 10.3-inch E Ink slate is a smaller, cheaper version of the 13.3-inch Digital Paper E Ink tablet and retails for $600.

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Engadget
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5/22/2018

Boost mobile founder Peter Adderton has spoken out against the $26.5 billion proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger, arguing that Boost and MetroPCS should be spun off from parent companies Sprint and T-Mobile, respectively. Adderton argues that the merger would be bad for the prepaid market and that the combined company would have a "significant incentive" to restrict network access to MVNOs.

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5/22/2018

Consumer electronics retailers doubled collective sales and have seen a 3.3% increase over 2017, per TWICE's latest Top 100 CE Retailers Report, as strong employment and consumer spending fueled growth despite uncertainties surrounding a new administration. On top of that, sell-through figures for both CE hardware and software hit $140 billion.

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TWICE
5/22/2018

Smeg has introduced a line of professional-grade coffee accessories to complement its manual coffee maker. The collection includes a two-piece compression tamper and mat, plus a stainless steel milk frothing jug and coffee vacuum canister.

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5/22/2018

Grill enthusiasts who live in apartments or homes without a yard can choose among a variety of indoor grills to safely cook summer foods. Cooks who appreciate simplicity will like the Hamilton Beach 25361's straightforward design, while the sensor-rich T-Fal GC702 caters to grillers who like precise control over their cooking experience.

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Digital Trends
5/22/2018

A new collection of suitcases by Italy-based designer Marc Sadler features options that fold out to reveal a fully-equipped kitchen, workspace or bed. The kitchen model contains a chopping block, cooktop and tiny fridge, as well as power and cutlery drawers.