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• The Omaha World-Herald reports that "six value-oriented Omaha-area grocery stores — four No Frills stores and two Bag ’N Saves — will have a new name and new, more upscale features when Michigan supermarket operator SpartanNash completes $15 million of renovations this summer.

"The transformation to the Family Fare brand includes sushi bars, Starbucks kiosks, dedicated organic and natural foods sections, expanded deli counters with panini bars, wider craft beer selections and a store loyalty program ... the changes at the future Family Fare stores are designed to give the stores an edge in a highly competitive grocery market that’s seen new brands such as Walmart Neighborhood Market and Natural Grocers take market share from existing stores."


Bloomberg reports that Taco Bell is looking to appeal to millennials by cutting "unnatural" ingredients: "Taco Bell will remove artificial colors and flavors, high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats from 95 percent of its menu by the end of the year, Brian Niccol, the chain’s chief executive officer, said in an interview.

"The upgrade won’t result in higher prices."


• Beech-Nut Nutrition Company announced that "it has listed the percentage of each ingredient for all of its jars and pouches on its web site," saying that it "is the first U.S. baby food company to provide this information to parents ... n the foods section on the Beech-Nut website, parents can click on any individual product to reveal its nutrition panel. This panel now features a percentage breakdown of each ingredient."


• The New York Times reports that Hormel Foods is acquiring Applegate Farms, described as "a maker of natural and organic meats," for about $775 million." The deal is Hormel's largest acquisition ever.


• Whole Foods has announced that it plans to offer up to $1 million in emergency no-interest loans to small businesses damaged by severe floods along the Shoal Creek in Austin.
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