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1/18/2018

Restaurants have been following the lead of South Carolina's Charleston Grill in serving a variety of Napa and Sonoma, Calif., wines and designating a portion of the proceeds for wildfire relief. "The best way to help them is to sell their wonderful products," said Barry Himel, director of wine and spirits for the Dickie Brennan & Co. restaurant group in New Orleans.

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1/18/2018

The NRA and nine other business trade groups have created a new group called Visit US Coalition that aims to grow the United States' reputation as a vacation destination and increase the number of visits by international tourists. Traveler spending in the US dipped 3.3% last year, according to the Commerce Department.

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1/18/2018

Naf Naf Grill has changed its name to Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill as part of a larger rebranding effort that better reflects the 38-unit fast-casual chain's mission. The changes, which also include a new logo and color palette, come as the company prepares to launch a franchising program in the second quarter, Chief Executive Paul Damico said.

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1/18/2018

People who laugh together bond, so a workplace with leaders who exhibit a good sense of humor is more likely to collaborate around shared goals and resolve conflict, write Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt. Context is key, as self-deprecation by an executive might make that person appear more approachable but can also have downsides.

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Lead Change
1/18/2018

Robomart is offering a self-driving car that would take the grocery store to customers, allowing them to stay at home and pick exactly what they want when the vehicle arrives. The startup is looking to partner with grocers who want a 24-month lease on the vehicle and system.

1/18/2018

Leaders at a South Carolina elementary school have transformed the school store into a food pantry. The pantry so far supports about six people, and the leaders say they are working to identify other students who could benefit.

1/18/2018

Students in Maine who are unable to pay for school meals would receive the meals without question under a proposal from state lawmakers. The bill also would ensure that meal-debt discussions involve only the school and parent, not students.

1/18/2018

General Mills' venture capital unit, 301 Inc., has led a $17 million fundraising round for Urban Remedy, which sells fresh foods and beverages in California, writes Carol Ortenberg. Urban Remedy hopes to use the funding to double its kiosks and expand into new markets.

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BevNet
1/18/2018

Cargill has agreed to help fund product development for Puris, the largest producer of pea protein in North America. Consumer demand for plant-based protein is growing, with Innova Market Insights estimating that 21% of all US food and beverage launches with plant protein in 2017 used pea protein.

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Cargill, Innova Market Insights
1/18/2018

New York City hotels are reporting high demand for tea in the new year due to such factors as cold weather and Mariah Carey's televised New Year's Eve request for tea. Sales of tea in 2016 totaled $12 billion.

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Mariah Carey