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Coca-Cola Is Looking to Get in the Weed Business

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  • Despite the current attorney general’s harsh attitude toward marijuana, and its use in smear campaigns, soft-drink behemoth Coca-Cola is taking a look at the market for cannabis beverages, reports Bloomberg. The Atlanta-based company is reportedly considering “drinks infused with CBD — the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get you high.” Coke is eyeing Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis as a partner to create a new line of products.
  • Famous person Kim Kardashian West does not get the connection between pickles and cucumbers, as Jezebel notes. In a recent video, Kardashian cast doubt on the fact that a pickle is just a cucumber that has been pickled. This conundrum has apparently been plaguing Kardashian for nearly a decade.
  • Mayochup, the terribly named mayonnaise-ketchup combo from Heinz will arrive in American grocery stores this month, reports Food Beast. Considering the backlash that was sparked by mayochup’s introduction, Heinz should probably reconsider.
  • Just a great headline from the Takeout: “Body of Christ now available gluten-free.” This is in reference to a new line of gluten-free communion wafers.
  • Pious chicken-sandwich chain Chick-fil-A is famous for closing on Sunday, but as Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast over the weekend, one location in Garner, North Carolina, made an exception and brought employees in on the sabbath. The restaurant donated 500 sandwiches and 1,200 nuggets to local shelters, according to Business Insider.
  • Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports Waffle House employees from around the country are being sent to storm-affected areas as reinforcements to help keep the chain’s local restaurants open.
  • And in other Chick-fil-A news, the chain is testing call buttons at tables, per Today. This is perfect for particularly hungry dine-in customers who are looking to order Round 2.
  • Bon Appétit has declared Hinge to be the official dating app for food lovers. “And what we’ve concluded in our unofficial swipe-filled study is this: People looking for love...love food most of all,” write columnists Rachel Karten and Emily Schultz.
  • South Korea is looking to reduce the use of disposable plastic food and beverage accessories — such as straws — and the country is taking inspiration from Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks. The ‘Bucks is planning to eliminate plastic straws and cups from all of its locations by 2020, and, according to ABC News, the company is in the midst of trialing paper straws at its cafes in South Korea.
  • In Forbes, Chris Comparato, the chief executive officer of restaurant POS startup Toast, says the answer to labor shortages in kitchens is the gig economy. “Investing in your employees and fostering the development of their respective careers is a proven way to retain restaurant staff,” Comparato writes. “However, if you are aware that the majority of your restaurant’s staff are not looking to have a long-term career in the industry, or you consistently have staff members swapping, dropping or calling out of shifts, the gig employment model may be worth investigating in your restaurant.” Just ignore the fact that the gig economy is not so great for workers who have to participate in it.
  • Finally, Kentucky Fried Chicken has a new celebrity colonel, again. This time, it’s a bottle of honey, reports Ad Age. Okay, KFC, that’s enough.

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