Nestle rolling out 24 Starbucks-branded products this week | Smoothie King's big changes came with a learning curve | Kroger to offer its own mobile payment, loyalty app
 
February 15, 2019
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Chobani, Danone comment on dairy term usage on plant-based products
Chobani and Danone North America have weighed in on the Food and Drug Administration's request for comments on the usage of dairy terminology on plant-based food packaging. Chobani argued that dairy terms should not be allowed on nondairy items, while Danone North America stated that consumers are not confused by plant-based products that use dairy terms.
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Nestle rolling out 24 Starbucks-branded products this week
Nestle rolling out 24 Starbucks-branded products this week
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Nestle's Starbucks-branded products will be rolling out to store shelves worldwide in the next few days. The lineup features 24 coffee-focused offerings, which mark the first items generated from the $7.15 billion partnership that the two firms forged last year.
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Smoothie King's big changes came with a learning curve
The move by Smoothie King to make more nutritious smoothies with less sugar and few artificial ingredients has taken longer than CEO Wan Kim initially planned. He talks about supplier and consumer challenges to the Cleaner Blending initiative and the risks of moving too quickly when making radical changes.
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Kroger to offer its own mobile payment, loyalty app
Kroger to offer its own mobile payment, loyalty app
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Kroger has begun rolling out Kroger Pay, a mobile system that combines shoppers' loyalty and payment details to speed checkout with one scan. The option is being tested in the Columbus, Ohio, Kroger region, but is expected to go nationwide by the end of this year.
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Glitter cereal, "Jungle" Jim drew readers this week
Caticorn Cereal, a new Kellogg product featuring edible glitter, topped this week's top 10 list, and readers were also drawn in by an interview with "Jungle" Jim Bonaminio, founder and CEO of Cincinnati's Jungle Jim's International Market. A story about how restaurants are adapting in the age of delivery also rated with SmartBrief readers this week.
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Farmstead to send excess food to Bay Area charity
Farmstead to send excess food to Bay Area charity
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Digital microgrocer Farmstead will work with the Food Runners charity to reduce its waste and get more fresh food to nonprofits in San Francisco's Bay Area. "We are thrilled to work with Food Runners, as its mission to reduce food waste and alleviate hunger completely aligns with Farmstead's commitment to slash food waste in this country and make fresh, local food accessible to everyone," said Farmstead CEO Pradeep Elankumaran.
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Government
Dairy groups support bill to offer whole milk in schools
A new bill that would add whole milk to the options available to students through school lunches has gained support from a number of dairy organizations, among them the International Dairy Foods Association and National Milk Producers Federation. "Providing expanded milk options will help ensure that students get the nutrients that milk uniquely provides, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium," said Michael Dykes, IDFA president and CEO.
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