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12/18/2018

Hy-Vee has opened its first smaller-format, fresh-focused store under the name Fast & Fresh in Davenport, Iowa. The location is the size of a convenience store at 10,000 square feet but includes features such as a growler station, wood-oven pizzas, produce and meal kits.

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12/18/2018

Kroger has begun delivering groceries from its Fry's Food Stores banner to homes in Scottsdale, Ariz., via an autonomous vehicle with no driver, the company says. The small custom vehicle developed by Silicon Valley startup Nuro will make same-day or next-day deliveries to homes for $5.95 with no minimum order.

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12/18/2018

Coca-Cola has contributed to a $10 million Series A funding round for restaurant tech firm Omnivore, which maximizes the digital menu experience and gathers analytical information. "Omnivore's universal API, centralized menu management solution, data warehousing solution and marketplace of technologies facilitates the agility to experiment, optimize challenges and execute even faster," said Coca-Cola's Andy McMillin.

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12/18/2018

Millennials are the major critics of payment technology that doesn't work quickly, efficiently and securely, according to survey data from payment provider TSYS. Most frequent diners said they prefer to pay at the table using credit or debit cards, and 47% of millennials cited transaction speed as the most important factor.

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QSR
12/18/2018

The Minneapolis school district has served more meals since it transitioned to a healthier menu in 2012, serving less processed food and more "real food." Chef Bertrand Weber was the architect of the shift, and he says the schools serve more whole grains and introduce students to different flavors and textures.

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12/18/2018

Fresh new flavors could make their way into beverages such as tea and flavored water in 2019, according to a trend report from Comax Flavors. Also expected to pick up steam next year are fermented and pickled flavors, meatless meal options and global cuisine, especially flavors from India, Comax said.

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12/18/2018

Protein bar brand RXBAR is laying off 40 employees due to changing business needs. The workforce cuts represent about 20% of the company's staff members.

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12/18/2018

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12/18/2018

Leaders manage their workloads best when they prioritize crucial tasks and establish plans that include timelines and collaboration, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Being organized doesn't guarantee you can do it all, but it can help you set clear expectations about what is possible," he writes.

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12/18/2018

San Diego-based Jack in the Box is evaluating strategic options and has held talks with suitors about a potential sale of the chain, the company's board of directors said. Jack in the Box has around 2,200 units in the US and Guam.

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