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9/26/2016

McDonald's is launching a test of breakfast Happy Meals today in Tulsa, Okla., that could lead to a nationwide rollout. The children's breakfast meal comes with a choice of either an egg and cheese McMuffin or two McGriddle cakes.

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9/26/2016

Price was the top reason consumers opted for ugly produce during the past year, with shoppers age 45 and older a bit more comfortable with less attractive produce, according to a Harris poll. Across all age groups, 76% of respondents said they would expect to pay less for less-than-perfect produce.

9/26/2016

Schools can use Title III funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act to support English-language learners, according to guidance by the US Department of Education. The nonbinding guidance addresses issues such as transparency and reporting requirements for ELL students under ESSA.

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ESSA, ELL, US Department of Education
9/26/2016

PepsiCo will launch its Tropicana Essentials Probiotics line, which features live microorganisms and has no added sugar, preservatives or artificial flavors, nationwide in 2017 following a soft launch next month. "We see 'functional' juices growing at twice the rate of mainstream juices," said Tropicana's Bjorn Bernemann.

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Fortune
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Tropicana, PepsiCo
9/26/2016

The shishito pepper is a Japanese staple, and US chefs are serving the mild, green peppers in a variety of creative ways, from tempura-battered to stuffed inside a grilled cheese. The delicate peppers can be eaten whole, so removing the seeds is not necessary.

9/26/2016

Whole Foods Market is taking an equity stake in four-year-old grocery delivery startup Instacart as part of an expanded partnership, sources said. Grocery delivery startups have drawn more investment in 2016 than meal delivery firms, according to the research firm CB Insights.

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Bloomberg
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Whole Foods, CB Insights, Instacart
9/26/2016

Negative reviews on sites like Yelp, Google and TripAdvisor can point out areas where businesses can improve and give owners a chance to connect with reviewers. "If multiple people are picking up on the same issue, that's something we really want to focus on," said Jeff Gates, who co-owns eight restaurants in the Boston area.

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Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google
9/26/2016

Joel Peterson made the first batch of Ravenswood wine by hand, then set out from California to find an audience. Some 35 years later, Ravenswood is an established brand that redefined for the world what California zinfandel could make, but he still likes to make some wine by hand.

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Joel Peterson
9/26/2016

More substantial wines such as an oaky chardonnay or rich pinot noir are well suited to fall's cooler nights, Linda Delmonico Prussen writes. A spicy shiraz is also a winning pick for early autumn, since it "pairs beautifully with the final few barbeques of the season," she writes.

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Daily News (New York)
9/26/2016

English wine has started to earn the world's respect after years of scorn, and the key change may have been switching to French vines that thrive under tough conditions. England is particularly well-known for its sparkling wines, which are produced by 66% of British vineyards.