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Restaurant Hospitality reports on a new NPD Group survey suggesting "that no matter how hip or trendy a particular food item might be, a key factor in its success will be how easily consumers can prepare or acquire it." And the story adds that "a new study from the Culinary Visions Panel (CVP) seconds this conclusion. The Chicago-based research and forecasting firm, a division of Olson Communications, queried 1,200 consumers about the ethical choices that impact their decisions when dining out or purchasing food away from home. One takeaway: even for those who engage in mindful dining, convenience is king."

• Tim Horton Inc. shareholders have voted to approve the company's acquisition by Burger King Worldwide. Subsequently, the companies said the new name of the combined business will be Restaurant Brands International; they said that "the transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including, among other things, approval and issuance of a final order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice."
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