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7/9/2020

The CDC plans to amend its guidance for schools to reopen, Vice President Mike Pence announced Wednesday. President Donald Trump called the initial recommendations "very tough and expensive" and "very impractical" and said he may look to tie funding to reopening plans.

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White House
7/9/2020

Walmart, which has opened four primary care clinics and made other recent health care-related acquisitions, will soon begin selling supplemental Medicare Advantage insurance plans. The new venture will start in the Dallas area, where Walmart is advertising for insurance agents to fill positions at Walmart Insurance Services LLC.

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CNBC, MedCity News
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Walmart
7/9/2020

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has teamed up with Shipt to launch same-day grocery delivery in 30 metro areas across the Midwest, adding the service to the on-demand delivery already provided through Instacart. In Michigan, Shipt also will offer same-day delivery of beer and wine purchased from Fresh Thyme in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

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Thyme Farmers Market, Shipt
7/9/2020

Taco Bell will debut a revamped loyalty program this month, spurred by increasing use of the chain's mobile app during the pandemic. Customers will earn 10 points toward free food for every dollar they spend, and customers who've spent $200 in the past year will be promoted to the Fire tier, which comes with additional points and perks.

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Taco Bell
7/9/2020

Take-out packaging is in high demand as restaurants fulfill more off-premises orders during the pandemic, spurring some restaurants to stock up as a hedge against supply chain glitches. Babcor Packaging, the owner of MrTakeOutBags.com, has seen a surge in demand for tamper-resistant to-go bags, and restaurant operators say they are often paying more and waiting longer for new supplies.

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BABCOR Packaging
7/9/2020

The Publix program that helps farmers by buying milk and produce that might otherwise have gone to waste during the pandemic has been expanded from Florida, where it began in April, to Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, with Tennessee and Virginia to be added soon. To date, the grocer has purchased 350,000 gallons of milk and more than 5 million pounds of produce that have been donated to Feeding America food banks.

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Progressive Grocer
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Publix
7/9/2020

Kroger has reached a multiyear deal with Vibenomics to unveil a specialized audio network for in-store broadcasts intended to promote products and enhance the overall customer experience. The grocer also announced its choice of London-based Dentsu Aegis Network as the media agency that will support Kroger's "Fresh for Everyone" branding campaign, which started last year.

7/9/2020

Evian is rolling out a label-free bottle to make the packaging 100% recyclable and support the company's efforts to switch to a circular business model by 2025. Eliminating the label was a process that took two years, reports global brand vice president Shweta Harit, and the newly designed bottles will roll out to hotels, restaurants and other venues where barcode labeling is not needed such as e-commerce purchases.

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Fast Company online
7/9/2020

Over 30 school districts in Alabama are part of a nutrition program through Baylor University and the USDA that provides a two-week supply of shelf-stable food to families who receive free or reduced-cost school meals. The Emergency Meals to You program started in 2019 to provide food during the summer to children in rural Texas, and Jeremy Everett of Baylor's Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty estimated it would send between 30 million and 40 million meals overall this summer.

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The Alabama Baptist
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USDA, Texas
7/9/2020

Hello Products is rolling out a gender-neutral, natural deodorant line featuring ingredients like shea butter, activated charcoal and tea tree oil. "As we continue to make sense of the recent changes to our environment, healthy behaviors, habits, and self-care are top of mind; we believe folks will be even more concerned about ingredient integrity when it comes to their personal care product options, as well as about products with a passionate focus on sustainability," said founder Craig Dubitsky.