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Target Tests 'Artisanal' Options in Food Courts; Are Insects The Future of Edible Oil?

Plus, Postmates takes on Cinnabon and Auntie Annie's.

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— Target is revamping its food courts at 14 stores this fall. USA Today reports that the company has recruited fast-casual chain Freshii, Pizza Hut, and D'Amico & Sons to replace the traditional hot dogs and nachos with something more "artisanal." Target says customers have expressed interest in higher-quality café options and hopes the new cuisine will satisfy customers' cravings.

— The hits just keep on coming for McDonald's. The Cleveland Clinic announced this week that it's booting the fast food burger chain from its cafeteria as part of an effort to promote wellness, according to NPR. Apparently, the Clinic attempted to terminate the restaurant's lease in the past, but failed.

— Meanwhile in Australia, a health advocacy group is up in arms over a McDonald's "Happy Readers" promotion that offers kids the choice of a book instead of a toy with their Happy Meals. The chain is offering 16 e-books and 10 nonfiction paperback books with titles like Playful Puppy and Wild Baby Animals, reports the Herald Sun. The Parents' Jury says the Advertising Standards Bureau should halt the campaign because in order to collect all of the books, children would have to consume massive amounts of fast food.

— Is the future of edible oil in insects? A researcher in the  Netherlands has discovered a way to extract oil from bugs, reports Food Navigator USA. Apparently, the insect oil falls somewhere in between vegetable and animal fats and contains some fatty acids. While Dr. Daylan Tzompa-Sosa describes cockroach oil as "disgusting" and not for "human consumption," she says that grasshopper and soldier fly oils actually have a fruity aroma. Insect fats are already used in some parts of the world for cooking as well as for personal products.

— Focus Brands has struck a deal with the Postmates delivery app, according to CNN Money. Starting next week, customers can order food from Carvel, Cinnabon, Auntie Annie's, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, and Schlotzsky's and have it delivered in an hour or less. No minimum purchase is required, though standard Postmates fees apply.


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