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8/13/2020

The CDC has released new guidance for schools on the use of cloth face masks for students. Recommendations call for wearing cloth face masks, and schools are advised to establish plans to curb bullying and discrimination among students for wearing or not wearing masks.

8/13/2020

Fat Brands, the parent of Fatburger, will acquire 1950s-themed casual dining chain Johnny Rockets in a deal valued at about $25 million. The deal, expected to close next month, will expand Fat Brands' portfolio to approximately 700 locations under nine banners.

8/13/2020

Sprouts Farmers Markets opened a store near Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, with the 30,000-square-foot location marking the first of three sites planned for the area. The grocer says it is on track to reach its goal of opening 20 stores in 2020.

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8/13/2020

Stop & Shop Supermarket has rolled out a newly integrated e-commerce platform and has paired it with an enhanced loyalty program called Stop & Shop GO Rewards as it bolsters digital capabilities. The Ahold Delhaize banner will phase out its Peapod app, with customers making a transition to placing online orders at StopandShop.com or through the grocer's Stop & Shop mobile app.

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8/13/2020

Free breakfasts and lunches are being distributed in Mississippi's Meridian Public School District via 18 school buses. The meals are being delivered on regular bus routes as students learn remotely, and school nutrition professionals provide a lunch and the next day's breakfast, says Louise McPhee, the district's child nutrition director.

8/13/2020

Nestle and Starbucks have released their co-branded fall grocery lineup that includes Salted Caramel Mocha creamer and Maple Pecan flavored ground coffee. New Teavana retail products include Lemon Ginger Bliss Tea and Spiced Apple Cider.

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8/13/2020

Colgate Optic White has added an Overnight Teeth Whitening Pen featuring hydrogen peroxide to its portfolio. The pen is available online and in major retail outlets.

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8/13/2020

Beverage startup Taika has raised $2.7 million in seed funding for its canned cold-brew coffee infused with adaptogens. Taika co-founder Michael Sharon said the company is focusing on how the beverage makes people feel, a departure from other companies that focus on the beverage's origins.

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8/13/2020

Two polls conducted on behalf of the National Confectioners Association show the majority of consumers will still celebrate Halloween this year but in new, creative and safe ways. The coronavirus pandemic may keep much of the celebration at home, "but that doesn't mean Halloween is not happening," said Christopher Gindlesperger, senior vice president for public affairs and communications for NCA.

8/13/2020

Hellmann's Canada now sponsors Hellman's Island on Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" video game. From Aug. 17 to 22, players can earn points that will increase donations made by Hellmann's to Canadian food charity Second Harvest.