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12/14/2018

Taco Bell will replace its Dollar Cravings value menu with a new menu called "Value Cravings" and launch a new marketing campaign to promote it. The new menu will feature a selection of $1 items as well as $5 meal boxes.

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Taco Bell
12/14/2018

A New Hampshire school district is considering eliminating Styrofoam trays in some of its cafeterias. Kimberly McGlinchey, a teacher representative to the school board, said the trays are bad for the environment, and officials said they would price more environmentally friendly options.

12/14/2018

Personalize employee gifts by asking each person about professional-development goals, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. You could then help employees create individual plans for learning, offer opportunities to gain experience within the company or budget a development plan of their choosing, she writes.

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Julie Winkle Giulioni
12/14/2018

Starbucks and Uber Eats will team to expand delivery to about 2,000 of its 8,000 US cafes next year. Nontraditional orders at the chain have grown in the past couple of years and mobile orders now account for 12% of total sales, up from 5% two years ago.

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Starbucks
12/14/2018

The newly created World Restaurant Awards has unveiled nominees in 18 categories, split between "Big Plates" and "Small Plates." Nominees in the former category will be judged on more traditional qualities while "Small Plates" eateries will vie for titles in quirky categories such as "Tweezer-Free Kitchen."

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Eater
12/14/2018

Inspire Brands is building a new Atlanta headquarters, with plans to create 1,100 new corporate jobs to run the fast-growing restaurant empire. The parent of Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby's, Rusty Taco and the newly acquired Sonic Drive-In aims to create a collaborative model that improves performance for each of its chains, said CEO Paul Brown.

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12/14/2018

Getting back to the basics of nutrition means not having to worry about all of the claims found on food labels, says registered dietitian Tara Rochford. Registered dietitian nutritionist Christina Ferroli says a good rule of thumb is to eat 20 different foods each day using smaller portions.

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Indianapolis Recorder
12/14/2018

Youth football athletes ages 5 to 14 who had depression were five times more likely to have football-related concussions, compared with those who didn't have depression, researchers reported in The Journal of Pediatrics. The higher risk of concussions among those with depression may be because of their increased odds of recognizing concussion symptoms and displaying risky behaviors, lead researcher Dr. Sara Chrisman said.

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TIME online
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12/14/2018

The US House and Senate have approved a compromise farm bill that does not contain work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that were included in the House measure and supported by the Trump administration. The bill, which President Donald Trump is expected to sign, adds a new milk incentive program in SNAP to improve nutrition by increasing milk consumption.

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The Associated Press
12/14/2018

Chefs are putting creative twists on macaroni and cheese, such as the mac-and-cheese balls served with beer cheese sauce and Fresno chiles at the chain Eureka! San Francisco-based Mac'd allows diners to customize their own creations with a variety of bases and toppings including chorizo, crab, Korean short rib, Flamin' Hot Cheetos, truffle oil and chicken.

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Flavor & The Menu