Spanish Food Hall Will Be Open Next Spring

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“Mercado Little Spain in his first New York project and a collaboration with Spain’s most famous culinary siblings Ferran and Albert Adria.

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Nestle planting seeds in new frozen food brands

“Nestle S.A. will invest in Outsiders Pizza Co. and Wildscape while giving them time to make their mark in the frozen food category. The two brands are examples of new innovation models called “internal incubators” by Nestle.

“What we try to do there is to reproduce what start-up companies would do but benefitting from the scale and the strength of Nestle,” said Laurent Freixe, executive vice-president of Nestle S.A., on June 13 at the Deutsche Bank’s dbAccess Global Consumer Conference in Paris.”

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New York Restaurants Open Kitchens to Refugee Chefs

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“As many people in the restaurant industry grow increasingly vocal about immigrant and refugee rights, an NYC festival shows how chefs are making a tangible impact—and how diners can, too.”

“The Refugee Food Festival, which launches in New York City on June 14 and runs until the 17th, is a significant act of solidarity; three restaurants are opening their kitchens to two refugee chefs. Chef Nasrin, of Iran, and Diaa Alhanou, of Syria, will be hosting three unique dining experiences in the city, serving cuisine from their home countries.”

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Low price growth signals tight financial times for grocery

“As prices fall or stay the same for many grocery items, consumers will rejoice — or they may not notice. But grocers notice in a big way. Already low margins have shrunk even further, and there is less room to cut costs in order to stay competitive. Last month’s prices only increased in one sector. They decreased 1.3% for nonalcoholic beverages, 0.6% for dairy, 0.4% for produce, and 0.2% for bakery products, according to BLS statistics. The increase in meat, poultry, fish and egg prices just barely pulls grocery stores into having net higher prices.”

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How Restaurants Are Winning Over The Youngest Diners

“Kids menus—particularly at chain restaurants—have taken a beating for being unhealthy, uninteresting and unevolved. But while parents have pushed for the elimination of sugary soft drinks and the addition of fruit and veggies, it’s not just healthier menu choices that make a restaurant kid-friendly. Service, ambiance and the dining experience as a whole matter to parents and their children—especially the largest group of parents: millennials.”

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NYC Has a Ban on Black Foods with Activated Charcoal

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“The DOH has forced at least Morgenstern’s and Round K to stop selling their popular black-colored edibles.”

“Scientists are generally skeptical of the purported health benefits of activated charcoal, like getting rid of bad chemicals in the body, but in small quantities, activated charcoal is not going to hurt you, either. It’s become super trendy for cafes and restaurants with a healthy bent across the country to serve, both in beverages and in foods. Cocktails, burger buns, bagels, and juices have all been sold with the stuff lately.”

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Starbucks Raises Its Coffee Prices

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“Evaluating prices periodically allows us to balance the need to run our business profitably while continuing to provide value to our loyal customers and attract new customers – the spokesperson said.”

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