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3/28/2017

The number of US tea growers has jumped from just one farm in the late late 1980s to more than 60 producers in 15 different states, according to the US League of Tea Growers. Black, green and oolong teas from US producers exhibit characteristics unique to the areas where they are grown and appeal to consumers looking for local products.

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National Public Radio
3/28/2017

Neil Rogers is leaving his role as chef de cuisine with Niche Hospitality Group to serve as kitchen operations manager with the Worcester Regional Food Hub in Mass. In his new role, Rogers will oversee the food startup incubator and help its participants develop their businesses.

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Neil Rogers
3/28/2017

Recent Chobani Food Incubator participant Chops Snacks is closing out an $800,000 round of seed funding and aims to bring in another $200,000. The company is seeking shelf space with both natural and traditional grocers for its premium jerky products.

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FoodNavigator
3/28/2017

Increasing demand for high-end wines, especially in the US market, has prompted more land to be cleared for vineyards in New Zealand. Constellation Brands, which owns the Kim Crawford and Nobilo imprints, has expanded its vineyard acreage in the country by nearly 50% and is doubling its main winery.

3/28/2017

The bar in the former Four Seasons will remain largely unchanged when Major Food Group reopens the New York City space this spring as the Landmark Rooms at the Seagram Building. New lighting will illuminate the original rosewood bar, and the drink menu will offer classics including a range of martinis -- premixed and chilled for speedy service.

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Major Food Group
3/28/2017

The Yard House got a massive response when it asked customers of its 65 locations which beers should be on tap. Based on the results of the survey, the chain ended up adding 1,800 taps at its locations, 40% of which were beers that the chain had not offered before.

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Food Newsfeed
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Yard House
3/28/2017

Organizations need to proactively discuss and improve diversity policy before crises occur, writes Heather Huhman. Some of the easiest ways to encourage this discussion are to maintain diverse leadership, include diversity in recruitment efforts and bring in younger workers who are engaging with these topics, she says.

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Entrepreneur online
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Heather R. Huhman
3/28/2017

Hiring a diverse workforce can often be easier than ensuring that everyone feels included, making inclusion a paramount concern in business, says Mary Rezek, founder of Saatori. Foster a safe, open-door environment and consider alternate approaches before simply doing things the way they've always been done to keep inclusion at top of mind, she writes.

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Entrepreneur online
3/28/2017

Software firm Atlassian is working to change the focus of diversity from corporate-level numbers to individual team composition, says Aubrey Blanche, Atlassian's global head of diversity and inclusion. This team-based scrutiny aims to allow for more accurate comparisons of diversity and more targeted attempts at improving the numbers.

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Forbes
3/27/2017

Red Lobster has turned its attention to global expansion, opening 21 international restaurants since spinning off from Darden Restaurants in 2014. The company, which is growing through franchising, now has 49 restaurants in international markets including eight in Mexico.

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Darden Restaurants, Red Lobster