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7/23/2021

Earlier this year, McDonald's set a goal to have 35% of its leadership roles filled by people from underrepresented groups by 2025, and the chain is also planning to grow diversity among its largest suppliers. By 2025, McDonald's plans to have one quarter of its US supply chain spending be with diverse-owned suppliers, an increase from current levels of about 23%.

7/23/2021

Instacart and Fabric have joined to provide US and Canadian food retailers with microfulfillment centers. The facilities will use both robotic software and front-end e-commerce technology to accelerate and facilitate online grocery orders placed through the Instacart Marketplace or through a retailer's branded Instacart e-commerce site.

7/23/2021

Snack consumption is changing in the US, with shoppers now prioritizing nutritious, healthy products. Major confectionery and CPG companies are making moves to cater to the trend, with Hershey's Kristen Riggs saying, "Expanding our expertise, building new capabilities and delivering more choices in better-for-you confection is the next big category opportunity for us to lead."

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7/23/2021

The previous vintage of this wine won a Value Platinum at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards. Created in 2005, Paco & Lola is a union of more than 440 small growers who together own more than 2,200 vineyards. Only the free-run juice was used in this exuberant white, so there's a lovely weight of ripe stone fruit and zesty lime notes. Round but with fresh, balancing acidity, it would make a great match for a spicy fish dish. Decanter score: 91 points. Drink: 2021-2022. Alc: 13%

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7/23/2021

Aurora Public Schools in Colorado used funds from local nonprofit the Aurora Schools Foundation to provide free summer meals to students and their entire families. School nutrition professionals say the meals have helped to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.

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7/23/2021

An agile response to consumer feedback drove Frito-Lay to double the offerings on its direct-to-consumer site snacks.com, increase its Make Your Own Variety Pack capacity and offer more brands in the variety packs since the site's launch late last year, said Michael Lindsey, chief growth officer of PepsiCo Foods North America. PepsiCo expects e-commerce business to double by 2025, and Lindsey added that the custom variety packs comprise up to 80% of snacks.com's sales.

7/23/2021

Frito-Lay's Cheetos brand is extending a campaign featuring rapper Bad Bunny by offering the public an exclusive chance to purchase items from the "Cheetos x Bad Bunny" fashion collection from Adidas prior to the line's official launch Aug. 6. Fans must prove their Cheetos loyalty by posting a photo of their fingers covered in "Cheetle" dust at the Cheetle iD website to access the collection.

7/23/2021

Unilever has completed preparing part of its tea business for spinoff via either an initial public offering, sale or partnership, said CEO Alan Jope. The deal will not affect Unilever's partnership with PepsiCo.

7/23/2021

Coca-Cola's new Topo Chico hard seltzer line is now available in 17 markets globally -- and will hit 11 more before the end of the year -- but the company is still learning in a category outside its comfort zone, according to Coca-Cola chairman and CEO James Quincey. The line, which is a partnership with Molson Coors Beverage, is making inroads in select markets in Latin America, Europe and the US, but "[w]e want to learn and understand more before we decide anything one direction or the other," said Quincey.

7/23/2021

US blueberries are on sale in China for the first time through a partnership between fruit retailer Pagoda and the US Highbush Blueberry Council, after receiving approval from China's customs agency in May of 2020. The first air freight shipment of blueberries were grown by Norris Farms in Oregon and supplied by Washington state's Superfresh Growers.