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1/17/2020

The Kroger Technology & Digital Innovation Lab, a partnership between the retailer and Northern Kentucky University, will officially open today, store officials said. The lab, which is designed to drive digital innovation and also includes scholarships for students, is the latest in a series of Kroger's initiatives with colleges in and around its hometown, Cincinnati, aimed at boosting the store's digital and technological capabilities.

1/17/2020

Xbox One's Console Streaming is out of beta and available globally for players with Android devices. Users must be in an Update Preview ring and have a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, among other requirements.

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1/17/2020

Whole Foods Market is revamping the look of its 365 private label brand, with changes that include using a black background instead of the current multicolor label and changing the tagline to say simply: "Whole Foods Market." The changes were reported by the IGD research firm at one of Whole Foods' stores in New York City and the updates, which are expected to start rolling out in other areas soon, would be the brand's first in several years.

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1/17/2020

UK supermarket chain ASDA is adding refill stations at one of its stores, where customers can use their own containers to buy rice, pasta, cereal and tea. The trial period will begin in May and last for a minimum of three months.

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BBC
1/17/2020

Coca-Cola's Powerade brand is adding two zero-calorie lines: Powerade Ultra with 50% more electrolytes than the original launching Jan. 20 and Powerade Power Water set to debut Feb. 10. The brand is also redesigning the bottle and label for all Powerade products.

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1/17/2020

Clorox will open a manufacturing plant in Berkeley County, W.Va., that will produce Fresh Step and Scoop Away cat litter. The site will be the company's third in the state and will employ 100 people.

1/17/2020

Ensure a safer trip from oven to stove or stove to trivet with a professional-style oven mitt, such as the easy-clean, easy-grip Homwe silicone model, which is long enough to cover the forearm and has a quilted cotton lining for comfort. Cooks dealing with super-high heat or grills may prefer the heavy-duty Grill Armor oven glove that offers protection for up to 932 degrees, insulation that can't melt or catch on fire, and silicone grips on every finger.

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Popular Science
1/17/2020

A basic black-and-white digital slow cooker is made all the more friendly with phrases and artwork reminiscent of the popular TV show "Friends." The slow cooker offers a range of settings and a tempered glass lid for its a removable stoneware insert.

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ShortList online
1/17/2020

The rise in returns has led to increased demand for warehouse space for reverse logistics, particularly in older, second-tier buildings, writes Patricia Kirk. Investors should consider warehouses in secondary markets and on the edge of urban areas, says Brian Banaszynski of Transwestern Development.

1/17/2020

News that H.E. Butt Grocery ranked first among US grocery chains was this week's most-clicked food-and-beverage story. The launch of Cheetos popcorn in two flavors and Kraft's new corn-fiber chocolate sweetener also grabbed SmartBrief readers' attention this week.

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