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Mar 26, 2015

White House crafts first-ever plan to fight superbugs

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters.

The 60-page report is the first ever to tackle antibiotic resistance so broadly. It was compiled by a government task force led by the administration’s top officials for health, agriculture and defense.

Mar 20, 2015

Darden seeks property deals, Olive Garden turnaround

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Darden Restaurants Inc (DRI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday it was looking for ways to “create value” from its real estate, as management installed after last year’s activist investor-led coup reported continued traffic declines at its flagship Olive Garden chain.

During their standoff with Darden, activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP called on the company to spin off its restaurants into a real estate investment trust, or REIT.

Mar 18, 2015

Starbucks brews up backlash with debate on U.S. race relations

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp Chief
Executive Howard Schultz has deftly navigated thorny issues such
as gay marriage, gun control and Congressional gridlock, but his
move to weigh in on U.S. race relations has brewed up a social
media backlash.

The company kicked off the discussion when it published
full-page ads in major U.S. newspapers earlier this week with
the words “Shall We Overcome?” at center page and “RaceTogether”
and the Starbucks logo near the bottom.

Mar 18, 2015

Starbucks to debut delivery in Manhattan, Seattle this year

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will begin offering delivery in New York City and Seattle later this year, when it also plans to expand mobile order and pay services across the United States.

The new efforts, to be announced at Starbucks’ annual meeting on Wednesday, come as U.S. restaurant chains ranging from McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to Panera Bread Co (PNRA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) turn to technology to increase sales, speed up service and connect with young, tech-savvy consumers.

Mar 18, 2015

Kraft issues big Mac & Cheese recall, metal pieces reported

By Ramkumar Iyer and Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – Kraft Foods Group Inc said on Monday it
was recalling about 242,000 cases of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
dinners, due to the risk that they may contain small pieces of
metal.

The recall comes at a time when Kraft’s Macaroni & Cheese
products, a staple for generations of American children, face
increasing competition from smaller brands with more natural
ingredients.

Mar 16, 2015

McDonald’s workers claim hazardous conditions in 19 U.S. cities

By Lisa Baertlein

(Reuters) – McDonald’s restaurant workers from 19 U.S. cities said on Monday they have filed 28 health and safety complaints with federal and state regulators, alleging hazardous working conditions that led to severe burns from hot grills and fryer oil.

The complaints opened a new front in a more than two-year-old campaign by workers and unions seeking to roughly double pay to $15 per hour and improve working conditions for U.S. fast-food workers.

Mar 12, 2015

KFC faces pressure after McDonald’s says no antibiotics in chicken

LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – KFC, the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants, may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry are raised after McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it would switch to chicken raised without human antibiotics.

McDonald’s will phase out chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health over two years to allay concern that use of the drugs in meat production has exacerbated the rise of deadly “superbugs” that resist treatment, Reuters reported last week. Within days, retailer Costco Wholesale Corp (COST.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) told Reuters it aims to eliminate the sale of chicken and meat raised with human antibiotics.

Mar 12, 2015

Insight – KFC faces pressure after McDonald’s says no antibiotics in chicken

LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO (Reuters) – KFC, the world’s largest chain of fried chicken restaurants, may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry are raised after McDonald’s Corp said it would switch to chicken raised without human antibiotics.

McDonald’s will phase out chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health over two years to allay concern that use of the drugs in meat production has exacerbated the rise of deadly “superbugs” that resist treatment, Reuters reported last week. Within days, retailer Costco Wholesale Corp told Reuters it aims to eliminate the sale of chicken and meat raised with human antibiotics.

Mar 10, 2015

Corrected – Los Angeles water sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – (This March 2, 2015, story was refiled to correct the name of bottled water in 10th paragraph)

Water sommelier Martin Riese has seen the eye-roll and heard it before: “Water tastings? Only in L.A.”

Mar 10, 2015

Los Angeles water sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – Water sommelier Martin
Riese has seen the eye-roll and heard it before: “Water
tastings? Only in L.A.”

Los Angeles, birthplace of many food trends, may prove the
perfect setting for the next phase in Riese’s campaign to make
people think about water in the same way they think about wine.

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