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10/19/2018

Starbucks is expanding its licensing deal with Mexico City-based Alsea, which will take on expansion rights in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The deal is expected to bring faster growth in the four European countries and free up corporate resources to focus on bigger markets including the US and China.

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10/19/2018

Walmart-owned Sam's Club will offer online shopping and delivery via Instacart from half its US stores by the end of October, the companies said. The deal, which represents an expansion of Walmart's partnership with Instacart, will also allow nonmembers to shop online at Sam's Club.

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10/19/2018

Grocers are using Dallas-Fort Worth and other Texas markets to test their home delivery options in a region with high competition but more reasonable costs. Market heavyweights Walmart and Kroger are among those setting up innovation labs in the region.

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10/19/2018

Walmart will build a high-tech grocery warehouse in California that will move products 40% faster than its existing facilities, the company said. The warehouse, set to open in 2020, will use robots to improve both speed and efficiency.

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10/19/2018

Coca-Cola has named Brian Smith its next president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, and Nancy Quan will serve as the company's chief technical officer. John Murphy has been tapped as Coca-Cola's new chief financial officer, replacing company veteran Kathy Waller, who is retiring.

10/19/2018

Kellogg partnered with GLAAD to launch All Together cereal, featuring Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes and Frosted Mini Wheats in the same box. The limited-edition product was sold Thursday at the Kellogg Cafe in New York in honor of #SpiritDay, an effort to stop bullying of LGBTQ youth, with proceeds going to GLAAD.

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10/19/2018

About 400 students from Knox County schools in Tennessee participated in a food-tasting event designed to give the district feedback as they consider menu changes. Brett Foster, the district's executive director of school nutrition, said, "They're our customers, so we definitely care what they think."

10/19/2018

Conversations are conduits of influence, so we should use them to build up others and spark positive solutions to project or interpersonal work problems, writes Cheri Torres. Instead of getting frustrated, try asking open-ended questions when you see a colleague is frustrated or when a problem is complex and seems intractable.

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10/19/2018

VeganBurg, a San Francisco-based vegan fast-casual concept, plans to open 300 franchise locations in California, the company said. The company's first restaurant opened in 2010 and it has since added four locations in Singapore.

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10/19/2018

Restaurant and entertainment entrepreneur Tilman Fertitta, the owner of Landry's, has proposed a merger of his Golden Nugget Casinos with Caesars Entertainment, sources said. Caesars, which operates 49 casinos, is focused on expanding in emerging markets and growing its investment in sports betting in the US.

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