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Eater Seattle reports that when the new Shake Shack opens there - the first in the city - it will include “several just-for-Seattle menu items with local ingredients — like a concrete with crispy croissant brittle from Sea Wolf Bakers and Theo Chocolate.” In addition, “there’s a slew of local partnerships hitting the menu, including a Seattle special called the Montlake Double Cut, with Washington beef sourced in partnership with local startup Crowd Cow, Beecher’s Just Jack cheese, caramelized onions, whole-grain mustard mayo, and a Macrina Bakery bun. It’s the first time the chain is using meat, cheese, and bread from only local sources.”

• The Charlotte Observer reports that a newly opened Fresh Market store there is designed to get “back to our roots as a European market and as a specialty market,” according to CEO Larry Appel.

An excerpt from the story:

“The Fresh Market that Appel envisions isn’t necessarily a place where customers would go for their everyday grocery staples like toilet paper, white bread and milk (although they could). Rather, the store is meant to be a destination for unique international foods, gourmet charcuterie, freshly prepared meals and a large assortment of produce. (Fresh Market says its new Strawberry Hill store, for instance, has a fruits and vegetables section that’s about three times the size of one at a traditional grocery store.)”

The store will be the only new one opened by Fresh Market this year, as it also closes 15 underperforming units around the country and works “to improve its financial health.”

USA Today reports that a “lawsuit filed against LaCroix's parent company alleges the sparkling water advertised as ‘all natural’ includes an ingredient used in cockroach insecticide as well as other artificial ingredients … The lawsuit also states LaCroix makers are aware of the alleged unnatural ingredients.

“National Beverage Corp. denies the allegations, saying all essences in LaCroix sparkling waters are all 100 percent natural.”
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