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2/17/2017

Sturgeons were once so ubiquitous on American menus that caviar, which comes from sturgeon eggs, was considered "peasant food," writes Christina Troitino. As the fish has become less common and more has been learned about the harvesting process, caviar has risen in prestige.

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Forbes
2/17/2017

TGI Friday's will launch a new campaign to promote its $10 Endless Apps, which are now on the permanent menu. The chain has reunited with former creative agency The Richards Group and recently hired former Taco Bell executive Stephanie Perdue as its new marketing chief, in an effort to rebrand itself as "America's Bar & Grill."

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Adweek
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2/17/2017

Wal-Mart's 2,500-square-foot test convenience store in Crowley, Texas, offers hot foods, coffee taps, a healthy food section, a walk-in beer fridge and gasoline pumps. The store is one of two convenience stores being tested by the retailer, both of which are located in Supercenter parking lots.

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2/17/2017

Florida-based Southeastern Grocers has revamped 2,260 of its private-label items, including canned vegetables, household items and other products, the company announced Thursday. The retailer will roll out the products, which will be sold under the SE Grocers Essentials, SE Grocers and Prestige brands, to its Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Fresco Y Mas and Harveys stores over the next year.

2/17/2017

Influenza activity so far this season has been moderate, with elevated activity expected to continue for several more weeks, CDC researchers reported in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. An accompanying report showed that the batch of flu vaccine distributed this year has been 48% effective, compared with 47% vaccine efficacy last year.

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2/17/2017

Students in a Michigan elementary school recently took turns pedaling a blender bike to make smoothies featuring Michigan-grown cherries. Physical education teacher Scott Przystas said the goal is to introduce students to local foods.

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2/17/2017

Unilever PLC has rejected a $143 billion acquisition offer from Kraft Heinz Co., but talks are still continuing on a possible merger deal. "While Unilever has declined the proposal, we look forward to working to reach agreement on the terms of a transaction," Kraft Heinz said.

2/17/2017

Polar Beverages is rolling out a new beverage line known as Seltzer'ade, which infuses lemon and lime flavors into the company's sugar-free sparkling waters. The products come in five flavors, including Raspberry Pink Lemonade and Tart Cherry Limeade.

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2/17/2017

In Hungary, the decorated cookies known as mezeskalacs are an important part of many social functions, especially around Christmas. The honey-sweetened shortbread is spiced with cinnamon and cloves, and bakers decorate the cookies with intricate icing techniques that can take years to perfect.

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Saveur
2/17/2017

Bars in the suburbs of Chicago are embracing coffee in its various forms as an ingredient in cocktails, from the espresso martini to Irish coffee. "It's a nice ingredient because it has a strong aroma and you can mix it with pretty much everything," said Urszula Borodzinska, co-owner of The Martini Room in Elgin, Ill.