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Chobani wants Twin Falls to be a ‘Silicon Valley’ for food innovation

Chobani broke ground this week on a new innovation and community center at its factory site in Twin Falls, Idaho. The 70,000 square-foot building will house an incubator for Idaho food businesses, a gathering space for community meetings and office space for many of its employees, including its research and development team. It's set to open next summer. Read more at Magic Valley…

 

USDA delays Obama-era animal welfare rules for third time

During the final days of the Obama administration, the USDA hurried to finalize and publish proposed rules that had been in the works for years to raise animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry. But the new administration’s USDA has now pushed back the implementation of those rules three times. “USDA is delaying the rule so that important questions, such as the likely costs and benefits, can be more fully assessed through the notice and comment process prior to making a final decision on the direction of the rule,” the agency said in a notice posted on the Federal Register. The Organic Trade Association sued the agency in September. Read more in The Hill…

 

America’s ‘retail apocalypse’ is really just beginning

The U.S. has all the right ingredients for a retail boom right now, yet more retail chains are filing for bankruptcy and missing loan payments than during the financial crisis. Retailers announced 3,000 store openings in the first three quarters of 2017—but also 6,800 closures. The cause? It could be that long-standing chains have too much debt that’s coming due, or that the suburbs have too many stores while more Americans move into cities. Read more at Bloomberg…

 

One of the world’s best restaurants now has crickets on the menu

Saison in San Francisco is finding different ways to incorporate insects into its dishes, like caviar with cricket sauce broth and prawns with cricket glaze. The Michelin-three-star restaurant sources its insects from Austin-based Aspire, which its chef, John Chambers, has also invested in. Chambers says he wants to show off what crickets can do as an ingredient, and hopefully change people’s view. Read more at Fortune…

 

Amazon is opening pop-up stores in Whole Foods for the holidays

Around 100 Whole Foods locations already sell Amazon devices, but five stores will house Amazon pop-up stores beginning this month, complete with employees talking up Prime. Read more at Engadget…

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