McDonald's has begun serving an updated version of its apple pie, made with less sugar, fewer ingredients, a greater variety of apples and flakier pastry. Customer reactions to the new recipe on Twitter have been mixed, with some cheering it and others saying they preferred the original.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said civics education should be more of a priority in K-12 schools and colleges during a Constitution Day celebration Monday in Philadelphia. DeVos also called on colleges to avoid limiting speech on their campuses -- efforts she said sometimes target conservative voices.
SUPERVALU will sell 19 stores from its Shop 'n Save banner to St. Louis grocer Schnuck Markets, in a deal that is expected to close by the end of October. Schnucks also will acquire four of the company's seven area fuel centers.
Coca-Cola is evaluating the role that cannabidiol might play in the beverage market, although the company has not made any decisions about using the ingredient. "Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of nonpsychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world," Coca-Cola said.
Chick-fil-A offers technology from Kallpod at around 10 restaurants, giving dine-in customers the ability to push a button on the table to order additional food. The button, which also offers options for calling the manager or requesting service, has boosted average order sizes in Houston-area restaurants, the company said.
Procter & Gamble is bringing its new Heated Razor to Indiegogo, where fans can buy the product and then offer feedback to GilletteLabs, which created it. The razor's warming bar takes less than a second to heat up to provide a hot-shave experience at home.
Walmart has released a list of its best-selling items in each state, and it shows that protein powder ranked first among California shoppers, while Peanut M&M's claimed the top spot in Colorado. The best-seller in Minnesota was Flaming Hot Cheetos, and in New York, it was Cheerios, according to the company's analysis of Walmart.com data.
Tea was on-trend at the Natural Products Expo East earlier this month, with innovations like sparkling and organic flavored teas prominent in the ready-to-drink space. Other trends on display included healthy beverage shots and new takes on creamers, such as functional ingredients and dairy-free formulations.
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