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3/23/2017

Regulation and pressure from companies and consumers is pushing egg farms to go cage-free, but that transition means millions in upfront costs and a less efficient production process. Notably, cage-free eggs are more expensive, making them a tough sell when side by side with a cheaper competitor.

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3/23/2017

Starbucks will open 12,000 new shops worldwide and create 240,000 new jobs around the globe during the next five years, CEO Howard Schultz told attendees at the coffee giant's annual meeting Wednesday. Schultz, who will hand the CEO reins to Kevin Johnson next month, reiterated the company's plan to hire 10,000 refugees and said Starbucks will work with a UN agency to provide refugees with skills training and job connections.

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3/23/2017

Oak Hill Capital Partners will acquire Tampa, Fla.-based Checkers Drive-In Restaurants in a $525 million deal that includes equity, debt and a management buy-in, the private-equity firm said Thursday. Sentinel Capital Partners has owned Checkers since 2014, with about 840 US restaurants under the Checkers and Rally's banners.

3/23/2017

Wegmans Food Markets will open stores in northern New Jersey in July and September as it continues construction of a store in Brooklyn, N.Y., which is expected to open next year and will be Wegmans' first location in New York City. The new stores are part of a bigger expansion for the retailer, which will add about 10 more stores in the six states where it currently operates and in North Carolina, a new market for Wegmans.

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3/23/2017

California-based Japanese grocer Mitsuwa Marketplace will expand into Texas when it opens a store in Plano next month. The retailer, whose nine stores in California, Illinois and New Jersey are known for their food halls featuring shops of authentic prepared foods, decided to expand into Plano because of the demographics of the surrounding Collin County area, which had an Asian population of about 13% in 2015, compared with the national average of 5.4%, according to census data.

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3/23/2017

More than one-fifth of shoppers would turn to apps and other technology to help them cut down on food waste, finds a survey by research charity IGD. Existing apps can help retailers and producers tackle food waste, but a gap in the market for consumer-oriented apps presents an opportunity, according to Vanessa Henry, an analyst for IGD.

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3/23/2017

Coca-Cola is shaking up its leadership team in advance of James Quincey's ascension to CEO in May, including the appointment of Mexico unit leader Francisco Crespo as the company's first-ever chief growth officer and the promotion of R&D Vice President Robert Long to chief innovation officer. Marcos de Quinto, who held the company's global CMO role for two years, is leaving the company, marking the first time since 1993 that Coca-Cola will operate without a global CMO in place.

3/23/2017

Part crepe, part omelet, part sandwich and part crunchwrap, jianbing are the bicycle-based street foods of Northern China. At Mr. Bing in New York, they come in Peking Duck, BBQ Pork, Drunken Chicken and vegetarian varieties. Watching this demo will make you hungry.

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3/23/2017

This pasta is typically found in the northern part of the Lombardy region, in the Valtellina area. Bitto is a typical cheese from this area, but if you can’t find it at your market, you can substitute Fontina. This recipe is also less commonly made with green Swiss chard in place of the cabbage.

3/23/2017

Imagine spending three days at The Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley -- April 26-28 -- for the 19th annual Worlds of Flavor conference! If you register now to join the 600 food and foodservice professionals and 60+ culinary experts, you'll soon be sharing timely insights and good business strategies with your boss, telling your coworkers all about the delectable foods you sampled, reliving the Kitchen Workshop you attended with Chris Cosentino, Jaime Pesaque or Junghyun Park, and awaiting the e-mail that will give you free access to more than 400 recipes! Join us for Worlds of Flavor: Casual By Design and discover the keys to casual dining in the 21st century.

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