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• The Wall Street Journal reports that McDonald’s “is dropping the Minute Maid apple-juice box from its Happy Meals and replacing it with a watered-down organic juice with less sugar made by Honest Kids.” The change is described as “the latest step in the evolution of the Happy Meal toward healthier options and one that shows how shifting consumer tastes have prompted Coca-Cola Co., which owns both Minute Maid and Honest Kids, to broaden its portfolio of beverages to include lower-calorie options.”

The Street reports that bricks-and-mortar retailers are likely to “struggle to fill the many positions they're posting for the holiday season.

The reason? A tightening labor market that makes it much harder to attract people to work low-wage, temporary jobs.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that “Dole Food Co. is exploring a sale, months after filing to go public,” with the first round of bids due last week. The story says that “private-equity firms are among those that have expressed interest in Dole Food.”

The Journal points out that “the so-called dual-track process, in which a company weighs a sale as it also prepares for a public offering, isn’t uncommon.”
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