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6/18/2021

This month's launch of Burger King's new hand-breaded Ch'King chicken sandwich marks a shift in strategy away from promotional pricing and deals to a greater focus on upgrading the core menu, said Jose Cil, CEO of parent Restaurant Brands International. "I think the development of that product and how we've launched it should be an indicator of how we're thinking about and reprioritizing the business at Burger King," Cil said.

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6/18/2021

Kroger has made the most of a first-quarter sales surge prompted by easing pandemic restrictions and has also built a list of impressive technological and operational accomplishments for the year. The grocer's milestones so far include starting a program to find and work more closely with local suppliers, introducing more than 250 new private label products and launching its first drone delivery service.

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Progressive Grocer
6/18/2021

After launching drone delivery last fall to get at-home COVID-19 test kits to customers around Las Vegas, Walmart has invested in Virginia-based DroneUp. Walmart has partnered with other drone service providers around the country and did not reveal the amount of its DroneUp investment, but US CEO John Furner said the retailer believes in drones as a last-mile solution and that "[c]onducting drone deliveries at scale is within reach."

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6/18/2021

Amazon opened its much-anticipated Fresh store in the Factoria suburb of Bellevue, Wash., on Thursday, giving an eager crowd of shoppers a chance to try the "just walk out" technology the retailer is offering for the first time in a full-size store. Customers can choose the cashierless option and in-store cameras and sensors record purchases, which are then charged to their Amazon accounts.

6/18/2021

A Virginia task force is expected to make recommendations in August to help provide more culturally inclusive school meals that represent various religious and ethnic backgrounds. The task force is making similar considerations for the academic calendar.

6/18/2021

Danone North America has reformulated its Oikos Blended Greek Yogurt line to offer 50% more fruit and a creamier texture. A packaging redesign features images of fruit prominently, and the health-focused changes were made to revitalize the line's appeal to millennials, said Surbhi Martin, vice president of Greek yogurt and functional nutrition for Danone North America.

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6/18/2021

All Market Inc. -- the owner of beverage brands Vita Coco, Runa energy and Ever & Ever canned water -- is reportedly considering an initial public offering valued at more than $2 billion. Vita Coco is the top-selling US coconut water, a category that has experienced a resurgence in sales during the pandemic, according to Mike Kirban, All Market CEO.

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6/18/2021

Considering Guigal makes about 4 million bottles of Cotes du Rhone a year, the consistency, typicity and quality is impressive. The 2017 is a touch darker than the 2016, with plenty of bramble, plum and blackberry. It has the warming sunshine the southern Rhone expresses so well: rounded, generous and full-bodied but with a good sense of inner freshness. Decanter score: 90. Drink: 2021-2023. Alc: 14.5%

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6/18/2021

Sweet, tart blackberries pair with buttery fontina cheese in this grilled cheese sandwich. Smashing the blackberries with thyme adds a savory flavor and makes them easier to spoon onto the bread. CIA Foodies

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6/18/2021

Chef Scott Samuel of The Culinary Institute of America demonstrates an entree that pairs sweet and spicy baby chicken with a simple pan sauce using fresh red grapes. Served with a classic lentil side, this dish is perfectly matched with the sweetness and tannins of the fresh grapes.

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