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4/21/2017

Samsung, the only TV-maker that doesn't support Dolby Vision, has released a competing high dynamic range format, HDR10+, which is currently only compatible with Samsung's 2017 HDR TVs. Amazon has signed on to make HDR10+ available on Prime Video before the end of 2017.

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4/21/2017

Meijer is training employees who will staff its first two stores in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when they open next month. The stores are part of a bigger expansion this year that includes seven new stores in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.

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Meijer
4/21/2017

AmazonFresh shoppers can now purchase meal kits from Martha Stewart's Martha & Marley Spoon brand in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Southern California. The service, which looks to capitalize on the $1.5 billion meal kit market, is different from rivals such as Blue Apron in that shoppers can purchase one meal at a time, rather than committing to buying a specific number or placing their orders in advance.

4/21/2017

Target and Wegmans Food Markets were recognized for their innovation in sustainability at an industry event this week. Target was recognized for its efforts including installing 147.5 megawatts of solar power, diverting 1.3 billion pounds of retail waste from landfills, donating 61 million pounds of food and utilizing 40 megawatts of renewable wind power, while Wegmans' sustainability efforts included donating 14.5 million pounds of food, cutting waste by 80% in a test program and recycling 4 million pounds of plastic bags, 32.6 million pounds of food waste and 123 million pounds of cardboard and paper.

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Progressive Grocer
4/21/2017

Semi-prepared foods represent one of the top trends dominating the food and beverage industry, A. Elizabeth Sloan writes, with more than half of shoppers using partially prepared products when fixing dinner, nearly half purchasing take-and-bake meat items weekly and a third of shoppers showing interest in fresh food kits, according to FMI research. Other major trends include foods that cater to solo eating occasions, kid-focused foods and beverages, American regional foods and nutritional and supplemental drinks and snacks.

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4/21/2017

Smartphone case manufacturer LifeProof is releasing three Aquaphonics Bluetooth speakers aimed at an active audience. The speakers, which are waterproof and drop-proof, can be paired with eight Bluetooth devices.

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4/21/2017

European mobile networks Orange and Deutsche Telekom are developing a digital voice assistant named Djingo to possibly challenge industry leaders Amazon and Google. The assistant has been demonstrated in the form of a doughnut-shaped device and will eventually be offered on various devices through apps made by Orange.

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4/21/2017

Nebraska-based retailer Eat Fit Go has built its success on a business model that offers healthy grab-and-go pre-portioned packaged meals that can be heated up and eaten at the chain's microwave stations and dining areas, or taken to go. The company now operates stores in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, South Dakota and Iowa, in addition to its home state, with plans to open more locations in Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

4/21/2017

The Purple Store in Seattle stocks all things purple and is so successful that manufacturers have taken note. For example, KitchenAid launched purple stand mixers to meet customer demand.

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KPNX-TV (Phoenix)
4/21/2017

Consumers shopping for an espresso machine have a lot of choices, so it's best that they think about what they want and need before going shopping. Things to consider include price point, amount of kitchen counter space, drink customization options and how much time is needed to dedicate to really learning how to use the machine.

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T3 (UK)