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• PepsiCo announced that it has created a new plastic bottle that is made entirely out of plant materials, and does not look or feel any different than its current bottles, which are 30 percent plant-based.

According to the announcement, the new bottles are made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials.” The company said it plans to make bottles from “orange peels, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business.”

Bloomberg reports that Facebook “is planning to test a service that will let consumers buy discounted one-time offers as it looks for new ways to boost sales and attract local business customers.”

In other words, it is hoping to out-Groupon Groupon.

According to the story, “The service will let people share discounted offers with their friends, Facebook said in an e-mailed statement. Part of the company’s Deals program, the service will be introduced first in five cities, including Atlanta, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas and Austin, Texas.”
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