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5/27/2016

A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that New York City can move forward with enforcement of its rule requiring restaurants to post a symbol on the menu next to dishes with more than 2,300 milligrams of salt. Violators can be fined $200 after the city starts enforcing the rule on June 6. NRA will continue to appeal the rule, said spokeswoman Christin Fernandez.

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5/27/2016

The quality and prices of fresh foods at Costco Wholesale will make the category a sales driver for the retailer, Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said Thursday. Produce is on track to become a $6 billion business for Costco, which is a similar value to the retailer's protein business, Galanti said.

5/27/2016

SpartanNash has teamed with Amazon to distribute dry and chilled groceries for the online retail giant's Amazon Prime Now service and has recently added distribution for the Amazon Fresh program. "[W]e believe that it has significant growth potential. This relationship is a great example of our commitment to pursuing solutions for difficult logistic issues, and we continue to look at opportunities to grow sales with other non-traditional customers," SpartanNash's Chief Financial Officer Dave Staples said.

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5/27/2016

Whole Foods Market will expand its new loyalty reward program to the Dallas market this summer before rolling out the program to its stores across the country. The move is part of the retailer's efforts to expand personalization, and it follows a recent test of incorporating digital coupons into the Whole Foods mobile app.

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5/27/2016

Oil rose to over $50 a barrel this week, according to data from CME Group, but this might not improve the stock market. While low oil prices might stimulate the global economy due to the lower cost of transportation, they could be an indication of low demand that could be keeping stock prices flat.

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Fortune
5/27/2016

Astronauts on the International Space Station recently ate a meal comprised of Jamaican rice and beans with coconut milk. A team of students from a high school in Virginia designed the meal for the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware Culinary Challenge.

5/27/2016

Sales of cold brew coffee more than doubled since last year, and more brands are likely to join the growing category, analysts said. Building consumer awareness and playing into the premium quality and potential health benefits of cold brew coffee will be keys for success, said Euromonitor Senior Beverage Analyst Virginia Lee.

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5/27/2016

Fennel may seem complicated to process, but treating it like an onion is the best approach, Daniel Gritzer writes. The stalks should be trimmed from the bulb and used as an herb or garnish. Then, the bulb can be peeled with a vegetable peeler before slicing.

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Serious Eats
5/27/2016

An aromatic syrup made with sugar and lime rinds is the perfect sweetener for creating flavorful limeade. The robust concoction can stand up to the addition of gin or tequila to create a refreshing cocktail.

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Serious Eats
5/27/2016

Gen Y's power to influence dining trends toward fresh, whole foods caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week, topping a most-read list that included several other restaurant-related stories. Pei Wei Asian Diner's expansion plans, Alinea's revamp and the growing popularity of hot chicken all made the top five.

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Pei Wei Asian Diner, Alinea