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8/18/2017

Several pizza-makers in New York are looking beyond the classic round pie and adding Roman-style rectangular pizzas to the menu. The slices are cut with scissors rather than pizza cutters and are often served at room temperature.

8/18/2017

Walmart's same-store sales rose by 1.8% in the second quarter, and the retailer saw its strongest sales in grocery in five years, driven by efforts including improvements in fresh foods and lower prices, the company said Thursday. Walmart's online sales also jumped 60% during the period, which the retailer attributed to stronger e-commerce efforts and a recent string of acquisitions.

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8/18/2017

Brewed Ginger Beer, Gluten Free Cheese Pizza, Kohlrabi Salad Blend and Whole Milk Mango Kefir are among Trader Joe's best 50 offerings, according to a survey of the retailer's customers and employees. The campaign is part of Trader Joe's 50th anniversary celebration.

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8/18/2017

Always has brought back #LikeAGirl with a new spot from Leo Burnett Chicago that tells girls going through puberty that trying new things is more important than a fear of failure. "Keep Going" features girls at schools persevering with new challenges, and the brand has also tapped actor Yara Shahidi as an ambassador.

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8/18/2017

Two Florida school nutrition professionals offer a preview of school menus. Penny Parham, director of food and nutrition in the Miami-Dade School District, shares some new items that will be served -- including an upgraded vegetarian patty and a cinnamon twist -- and in Broward County, students will be served chicken with no antibiotics.

8/18/2017

Welcoming feedback from critics allowed Perdue Farms to make positive changes, such as adopting a new animal welfare policy and leading the charge in organic and antibiotic-free poultry. "The most powerful voice in our society is the consuming public," said CEO Randy Day about the firm's commitment to listening to consumers' concerns.

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8/18/2017

Kraft Heinz is rolling out Capri Sun Fruit & Veggie Blends, which come in three flavors and include a half-cup of vegetable and fruit juice in each serving. The company is also debuting three varieties of Capri Sun Fruit Refreshers, created with filtered water, fruit juice and no added sugar.

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8/18/2017

Restaurants are revamping the classic seafood tower to offer new takes that include fire-roasted shellfish and even vegan options. Plant-based seafood stand-ins such as lobster mushroom and carrot "lox" make up the tower at Crossroads in Los Angeles.

8/18/2017

An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people be happy and perform effectively and creatively, writes Larry Senn. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.

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8/18/2017

Casual dining chain Beef O' Brady's is looking to scrap its Irish pub image with an a re-imagined prototype set to open by year's end. The new test location for the 180-unit chain will abandon shamrock imagery and green paint and exclude Irish blessings from its menus.