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•  CNBC reports that "McDonald’s will launch three chicken sandwiches in February as it tries to reach new customers with more poultry on its menu.  Starting Feb. 24, consumers will be able to buy the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and the Deluxe Chicken Sandwich."

The story notes that "in November, executives told investors that they would boost the number of menu items with chicken because the category is growing faster than beef. While the new chicken sandwiches are only part of that strategy, Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald’s USA, said at the time that the new options will help consumers look at McDonald’s differently.

"In recent years, privately held Chick-fil-A has leapfrogged other restaurant chains to become the third-largest in the United States by sales, lagging behind only Starbucks and McDonald’s. Its chicken-focused menu has attracted new consumers as it has expanded beyond its Southern base and heightened competition with McDonald’s."


•  From Bloomberg:

THG Holdings Ltd., a British e-commerce operator that sells beauty and nutrition products, has agreed to buy Dermstore LLC as it expands its reach in the U.S.

THG is acquiring the retailer of high-end skincare and specialty beauty brands for $350 million in cash from Target Corp … The move will allow THG, whose sales have been boosted by the e-commerce boom amid Covid-19 lockdowns, to tap a new and large U.S. customer base for its own brands. It also comes after the company raised 1.9 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) in September in one of Europe’s biggest initial public offerings this year."