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6/22/2018

Chipotle Mexican Grill will test five new menu items including quesadillas, nachos and avocado tostadas, in a shift away from its signature simple menu. The chain will launch the new dishes at its NEXT test kitchen first, and slowly roll them out in a strategy designed not to slow the assembly line.

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6/22/2018

Prepackaged, snack-friendly cheeses have seen success with consumers, as have cheeses seen as natural and authentic, according to a report from MarketResearch.com. The interest in natural and artisan cheeses has been a niche for smaller producers in the market, according to the report.

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6/22/2018

Kraft Heinz and Tyson Foods are among the CPG brands that have established venture arms to invest in startup companies, allowing them to gain more than new products and market share. "The objective for us really is not necessarily to acquire growth or to acquire companies or segments that are growing, but to get a broader perspective of the market that we can bring back to the mother brand," said Sergio Eleuterio of Kraft Heinz's Springboard Brands.

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FoodNavigator
6/22/2018

Kroger is looking to quickly implement the warehouse technology from its partnership with Britain's Ocado to help with distribution and online order fulfillment, CEO Rodney McMullen said. "What we're really trying to do is make sure we have an overall infrastructure for digital that can support whether it's 5% of share or 30% of share," McMullen said.

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6/22/2018

Lawmakers in the US House Thursday passed legislation that makes significant changes to food and agriculture programs, including new work requirements for those receiving food stamps and changes to farm subsidies. Under the bill, the Department of Agriculture also would be required to re-evaluate federal school nutrition rules that were enacted under President Barack Obama's administration.

6/22/2018

Confectioners should begin marketing Halloween candy on Amazon next month to capture the broadest audience, according to a report from One Click Retail. "Now is the time to begin optimizing product content, introducing seasonal items, tracking inventory and prepping promotions in order to capture that initial wave of traffic and drive sales all the way to the end of October," the firm said.

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6/22/2018

Bobal is a Spanish grape that used to be consigned to bulk wines. Now winemakers in the Manchuela region are working to make wines that highlight its distinctive flavors and firm tannins.

6/22/2018

CDC researchers found that 15.1%, or about 2.5 million, of high-school students had one or more concussions during the previous year. The findings, based on 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, showed that concussions were more prevalent among boys and those who played on at least one sports team.

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6/22/2018

A Dutch study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery found that children who used portable music players once or twice weekly had a more than double the risk of hearing impairment. Parents should restrict use of the devices, said Kevin Franck, director of audiology for Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School, who wrote an accompanying commentary.

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Reuters
6/22/2018

Millstone Capital Advisors has bought fast-casual vegan restaurant chain Native Foods Cafe for an undisclosed amount. Chicago-based Native Foods was founded in 1994 in Palm Springs, Calif., and today has 13 units in four states.