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Eater Today: Yum! Brands Goes Green (Kinda); Starbucks Shills Kale Smoothies

Plus, Amazon stops delivering booze.

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Are big chain restaurants becoming more ethical? This year alone, McDonald's announced that it will no longer use chicken and milk treated with antibiotics, and Dunkin' Donuts said that it is looking into using cage-free eggs. Now, Yum! Brands —which owns KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut — has declared that by the end of 2017, it will only buy palm oil "from suppliers that protect tropical forests and peatlands."

Amazon's grocery service AmazonFresh will no longer deliver booze to your door. Beer and wine ordering options mysteriously vanished without any indication as to why. Engadget theorizes that it could be due to Amazon just try trying to "play it safe with regulations": Some states do not even allow alcohol delivery, and others have strict rules as to who can make booze deliveries. Until Amazon gets the situation sorted, there's always this Southern Comfort drone.

Brands being brands, making dumb jokes:


Starbucks is just two steps shy of introducing a kale Frappuccino. The coffee announced last week that it's adding three new smoothies to its menu, and customers can get that trendy, trendy green known as kale added to all of them. What superfood will Starbucks blend up next?

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