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Robin Hood goes shopping

The old Robin Hood stole English pounds. The new ones steal pounds of feta. A group of 20 hooded people, dubbed "The New Robin Hood" by the Greek media, have struck a handful of times across the Greek Islands. They march into supermarkets, fill carts with groceries, then storm out without paying while shouting slogans against recent price hikes, according to reports. Then, the produce-wielding posse hands out its booty to people on the street. They never hurt anyone or steal money. And many believe the merry men are actually women, who probably look better in tights.

The Greek media report that in their quest to steal from the rich and give to the poor, the thieves, or possibly copycats, have hit stores in Athens and in the port town of Thessaloniki. Police have made no arrests.

Greeks have been hit with a skyrocketing cost of living. Food prices, in particular, have increased sharply. Inflation has reached a 10-year high. According to national polls, the increasing cost of living tops Greeks' list of concerns.

Starbucks nuts about Justin's

Starbucks launched Justin's Nut Butters into a new orbit when the coffee giant included the Boulder company's products in its new line of "healthy breakfast options" this fall. Packets of Justin's Nut Butters will be offered in Starbucks nationwide.

"We've been working on the Starbucks deal for almost two years," said Justin Gold, who founded the company in 2004. "We got incredibly lucky. It just happened to be the right product at the right time." After working through his network of mentors, submitting product samples, meeting with Starbucks executives in Seattle and calculating pricing and production, Gold got the go-ahead.

"We made our largest order ever and they didn't really give us a lot of time to get it done. We've been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Gold, who ordered more equipment to prevent any future bottlenecks.

The coffee chain's customers have said they want foods with nutritious ingredients like whole grains, fruit and lean protein to "help fill them up and give them energy to make it to lunch," Starbucks Senior Nutritionist Katie Thomson said of the company's new breakfast items. Consumers can opt for Justin's with the Starbucks Power Protein Plate and the Multigrain Roll.


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