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Rotten tomatoes? Farmworkers sue Palm Beach over protest ban

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A U.S. farmworkers coalition is suing Palm Beach, alleging the wealthy town’s ordinances effectively bar the group from its constitutional right to hold a protest near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representing about 40,000 field workers, wants a federal judge to allow a planned demonstration March 12 near the home of Wendy’s Company board chairman Nelson Peltz. At issue is the company’s refusal to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement…

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Starbucks, Panera tweak pumpkin spice latte formulas

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The pumpkin spice latte battle is heating up just in time for fall. Starbucks and Panera are hyping reformulated versions of the popular drinks — which will include real pumpkin — in a fight to win over fans of the beverage in coming weeks. Starbucks Corp. said Monday its version of the concoction this year will be made with real pumpkin and without caramel coloring. The change comes after blogger Vani Hari, known as the Food Babe, criticized Starbucks last…

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Snapfinger puts dinner just an app away

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In today’s mobile, real-time world, fast food is not fast enough. That is the idea behind Snapfinger, a Web and mobile app for ordering takeout from chain restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen, Outback Steakhouse and Subway. Diners craving a pizza or burger can pull out their phones on their way home from work and arrive at the restaurant to find their meal waiting for them. Kudzu Interactive, which owns Snapfinger, will announce Monday that it raised $7 million from Norwest Venture Partners…

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