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• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and LearnSomething announced the release of the Food, Drug and Mass Career Preparation Programs. The programs provide pre-employment training for job applicants and performance training for current retail workers. To ensure that the programs have continuing value to completers, FMI and LearnSomething are developing programs only for those career positions projected to have increasing and long-term demand.”

According to the announcement, “The first program available - the Pharmacy Technician Preparation Program - includes the preparation course for pharmacy technician certification. Soon to be available is the Retail Associate Preparation Program, with specialization either in Food or in Health, Beauty and Wellness. Both programs provide an overview of retail operations and can be used as a launch point for pursuing management roles.”

• The Chicago Sun Times reports that McDonald’s is testing a super-sized version of its snack wrap. calling it a Chicken Grande Wrap that is burrito-sized and features “diced cucumber, shredded cheese, sliced tomato and lettuce and come in three varieties -- Garden Ranch, with ranch sauce; Roma Pesta, with tomato pesto and garlic aioli; and Santa Fe BBQ, with barbeque ranch sauce, black beans and corn.”
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