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FoodBev.com reports that "Coca-Cola will launch 100,000 machines enabled with Apple Pay before the end of the year, becoming “one of the largest retail acceptors” of the newly released technology. The move will allow consumers to pay for products easily and securely using their iPhone or Apple Watch at terminals across North America."


Reuters reports that Starbucks and Danone have begun "selling a smoothie line at more than 4,300 U.S. Starbucks shops as part of a Greek yogurt partnership that will also include yogurt parfaits and ready-to-eat yogurt to be sold by grocers. The rollout comes as Starbucks seeks to double food sales and as Danone's popular Dannon yogurt brand wrestles with Chobani in the popular Greek yogurt category ... Priced at $5.95 for a 16-ounce size, the smoothies will come in three flavors and can be customized by adding ingredients such as protein powder and fresh kale, said Jeff Hansberry, president of Starbucks' Evolution Fresh brand."

The story notes that "in early May, Starbucks and Dannon will begin selling Evolution Fresh Greek yogurt parfaits in about half of Starbucks' U.S. stores. Then, this summer, the partners will start selling fruit-on-the-bottom Greek yogurt cups at U.S. supermarkets."
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