Food & Beverage
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9/20/2018

Amazon is considering a plan to open up to 3,000 of its cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021 in cities around the country, according to a Bloomberg report. Among the questions the company is debating is whether they would be convenience stores or focused more narrowly on grab-and-go dinner items, the report said.

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9/20/2018

School nutrition professionals at a Florida high school recently started offering students vegan options in the cafeteria. Robin Brown, the cafeteria manager, says she accepted the challenge of creating vegan options after students began asking for them.

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9/20/2018

Improving your awareness of who you are, how you behave and what you need helps with your career and has grounding in research, writes LaRae Quy. "Inaccurate self-assessment leads to sales targets that can't be met, deadlines that can't be carried out and performances that are promised but not delivered," she writes.

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9/20/2018

Hospital chefs are pushing to make meals served to patients nutritious, cooked from scratch, comforting and flavorful. Hospitals also are teaching patients about nutrition and food labels before discharge, as well as offering resources such as food pharmacies that provide healthy foods to patients after they go home.

9/20/2018

Mars Wrigley Confectionery announced this week it's taking action to combat challenges in the cocoa supply chain. The company will invest $1 billion in a sustainability plan that hopes to create a path for cocoa farmers and the communities they operate in to thrive.

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9/20/2018

UK supermarket chain Waitrose will test compostable bags as an alternative to plastic in the produce departments of a few stores before rolling them out at all locations by next spring. The retailer also plans to phase out single-use plastic carrier bags.

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Edie (UK)
9/19/2018

Today's teens are digital natives who are just beginning to develop brand loyalties and make the choice to buy groceries or dine out based on factors including price and location, writes Laurie Demeritt, CEO of The Hartman Group. Online ordering and delivery will play a growing role as Gen Z members grow up and take control of their own food spending.

9/19/2018

Gen X is the biggest-spending generation when it comes to restaurant and takeout meals, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. Millennials spend less on restaurant meals than their older counterparts, although a greater share of their total budgets go to out-of-home meals.

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Business Insider
9/19/2018

Walmart has increased its focus on using the health care market as an avenue for growth, including a deal for over-the-counter sales reached last month with insurer Anthem. The retailer is looking at wellness visits as an opportunity to bring customers into the store, according to Oliver Wyman's Sam Glick.

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9/19/2018

Tesco has unveiled a new discount store format called Jack's, which is expected to compete with ALDI and Lidl in the UK. The first two Jack's stores will open this week and the concept is on track to grow to between 10 and 15 locations next year, the retailer said.

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