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Texas Expands Closure of Oyster Harvesting Due to Algae

Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services is temporarily closing bays along the Texas coast from Matagorda Bay to Corpus Christi Bay to the harvesting of oysters, clams and mussels because of elevated levels of an algae that can produce a toxin in some shellfish. DSHS previously closed the Galveston Bay system to harvesting effective March 13 for the same reason. Commercial and recreational harvesters should not harvest oysters, clams or mussels from these areas until further notice. 

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Kroger To Invest $150 Million in Dallas-Fort Worth Market

Texas Business reports: DALLAS and FORT WORTH, Texas—Cincinnati-based Kroger hopes to expand its market share in Dallas-Fort Worth. 

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New Laws Aim to Level the Playing Field for Texas Distillers

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday declared September “Texas Craft Spirits Month” as the state begins to implement new laws that give distillers more freedom to produce and sell in the state. 

 
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Albertson’s to Acquire Lubbock-based United Supermarkets

Texas Business reports: Idaho-based Albertson’s LLC plans to acquire United Supermarkets LLC, DBA The United Family, (United), based in Lubbock.

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Darling International Buys Terra Renewal Services for $120 Million

Texas Business reports: IRVING, Texas—Darling International Inc. completed its acquisition of Terra Renewal Services, Inc., a provider of essential environmental services focused on the collection, hauling, reprocessing, and recycling of waste cooking oil and disposal of non-hazardous, liquid and semi-solid waste streams from the food processing industry with operations in over 24 states.


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Darling International To Acquire Terra Renewal Services

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Darling International Inc. plans to acquire the industrial residuals and used cooking oil collection operations of Terra Renewal Services Inc. 

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Chartwells Lands Multi-Million Galveston Aggie Dining Management Contract

Texas Business reports: GALVESTON, Texas—John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, announced that Texas A&M System has formalized a letter of intent with Chartwells, a subsidiary of Compass Group USA, Inc., to manage dining services at Texas A&M University at Galveston. 

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CVSL To Acquire Your Inspiration At Home

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—CVSL Inc. plans to acquire Your Inspiration At Home, a direct seller of hand-crafted spice blends and gourmet foods from around the world. 

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Fast-Food Restaurants Near Schools Affect Black and Hispanic Students More Than Asian and White Students

Texas Business reports: WACO—When their schools are near fast-food restaurants, black and Hispanic adolescents are more likely to be overweight and receive less benefit from exercise than Asian or white students, according to a study published in the current issue of Journal of Public Policy & Marketing

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Recycling Isn’t on the Menu at Downtown Austin Bars | aust_txbz,
Recycling Isn’t on the Menu at Downtown Austin Bars

On “bottle special” Thursdays, The Library Bar in downtown Austin can go through nearly 80 cases of beer – that’s 1,920 bottles. The bottles are dumped into the trash receptacles behind the East Sixth Street bar, along with half-eaten pizzas, broken plastic cups and other garbage. Like most other downtown bars, The Library recycles only cardboard. 

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Michelle Chu for Reporting Texas

Austin’s Profession Contract Services Wins $14.1 Million Fort Hood Dining Contract Change

Texas Business reports: An Austin firm won a $14.1 million Fort Hood food service contract change, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.


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San Antonio’s Labatt Wins $49.5 million Military Contract.

Texas Business reports:  A San Antonio firm won a $49.5 million contract, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.  

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Brisket or Mutton? Sides or Bread? Working-Class or Celebrity Barbecue?   | aust_txbz, Stiles Switch, BBQ, Brew, Ben Jacob, Sam's,
Brisket or Mutton? Sides or Bread? Working-Class or Celebrity Barbecue?

People line up for three hours to pay $16 a pound for brisket at Franklin Barbecue in East Austin. The place is famous, having been featured by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern on national television. Fawning reviews by newspapers and Texas Monthly haven’t hurt. 

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Beth Cortez-Neavel for Reporting Texas

Texas To Give $1.8 Million to Company To Build Paris, Texas Bakery   | dal_ftw_txbz, tyl_txbz, Paris, James Skinner Baking, J. Skinner, Audie Keaton,
Texas To Give $1.8 Million to Company To Build Paris, Texas Bakery

Texas Business reports:  PARIS, Texas—The state plans to give $1.8 million to the James Skinner Baking Co. to build a Paris, Texas bakery. 

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Rebranding Fort Worth's AvoClassic to Wholly Guacamole Dip Vaults Product to Nation's Number One Selling   Dip     | dal_ftw_txbz, Wholly Guacamole,
Rebranding Fort Worth's AvoClassic to Wholly Guacamole Dip Vaults Product to Nation's Number One Selling Dip

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH— Fresherized Foods’ Wholly Guacamole dip is now the number one selling refrigerated dip brand in America, surpassing Deans Dairy Dip to take the top spot. 

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OSHA cites Pilgrim's Pride Corp. with repeat and serious violations for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals at Lufkin facility

Texas Business reports:  LUFKIN, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Lufkin with three repeat and four serious violations following a June inspection as part of the agency's Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities national emphasis program.  


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Urbanspoon Names Mixed-Up Burgers, Uchi as Texas’ Most Popular New Restaurants of 2012     | hou_txbz, dal_ftw_txbz, Uchi, Mixed-Up Burgers, Grand Prairie,
Urbanspoon Names Mixed-Up Burgers, Uchi as Texas’ Most Popular New Restaurants of 2012

Texas Business reports: Mixed-Up Burgers of Grand Prairie and Uchi in Houston were named the two most popular new restaurants to open in Texas this year by Urbanspoon. 

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World of Beer Franchise Opens Near SMU

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—World of Beer opened an SMU location at 5600 SMU Blvd. in Dallas.


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Just Simply Delicious

Texas Business reports: In an economy like this one, small businesses have benefited from using social media as their marketing strategy. Not every small family-owned business has gotten to this point, but a small little bakery tucked behind Waco, Texas’ giant Wal-Mart understands the importance of making a presence online. They may be up on the latest social media trends, but Simply Delicious bakery loves to keep it old fashioned when it comes to what they do best. 

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Competition and Survival in a Cup of Coffee   | aust_txbz, coffee,Wendy Rubick,
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San Antonio’s Labatt Wins $22.9 Million Military Food Contract.

Texas Business reports: A San Antonio firm won a $22.9 million military food distribution contract, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Wichita Falls' Work Services Wins $16.1 Million Air Force Food Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Wichita Falls firm won a $16.1 million contract to supply food service at Sheppard Air Force Base, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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World's Largest Barbecue Franchise Opens Newest Texas Location

Texas Business reports: GEORGETOWN, Texas—Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants opened a new location in Georgetown, Texas.

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UNT welcomes Nammi, a popular DFW food truck, to campus

Texas Business reports:  DENTON—The University of North Texas will welcome Nammi, a food truck offering Vietnamese fusion dishes, to campus. 

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McLane Company to Buy Meadowbrook Meat Company (MBM)

Texas Business reports:  TEMPLE, Texas—McLane Company Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, has entered into an agreement to acquire Meadowbrook Meat Company Inc. (MBM). 

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Thomas H. Lee Partners to Acquire Fogo de Chao

Texas Business reports:  BOSTON & DALLAS—Thomas H. Lee Partners LP, a private equity firm focused on investments in global businesses headquartered in North America, and GP Investments Ltd.,  an alternative asset investment firm in Latin America, signed a definitive agreement under which THL will acquire from GP Investments Fogo de Chao Churrascaria LLC,a group of fine dining, full-service restaurants headquartered in Dallas,  with eighteen locations in the U.S. and seven locations in Brazil.

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Brinker International Signs Contract With Army PaYS Providing Careers for Army Veterans After Military Service

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Brinker International Inc. formed a partnership with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS), which connects companies with young veterans looking for corporate jobs after serving their country.

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Jasper’s unites community over barbeque, good memories   | wac_txbz, Jasper's barbecue, Bonnie Berger, Jasper Dimaria,
Jasper’s unites community over barbeque, good memories

Texas Business reports: Jasper’s Bar-B-Que sits unassumingly on the corner of Clifton and Elm Streets, rooted in the same location that once served Interurban Railway passengers stopping through Waco on their way to Dallas. The creaky screen door wavers slightly in the wind, keeping the flies out of the dining room while allowing smells of freshly smoked meat to waft out into the street.

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San Antonio's Labatt Wins $56.1 Million Government Food Contract

 Texas Business reports:  A San Antonio firm won a $56.1 million contract to provide food for the U.S. govnerment, the U.S. Department of  Defense announced. 

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Waco Carbonic Keeps Central Texas Eateries Running Smoothly    | wac_txbz, Waco Carbonic, Abigail J. Risner, Abigail Risner,
Waco Carbonic Keeps Central Texas Eateries Running Smoothly

Texas Business reports: At a time when large corporations have swallowed personal service, a small, family-run business in Waco is committed to building relationships and catering to the mom and pop restaurants we all love. 

 

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A Franchise Way To Self-Sufficiency | wac_txbz, Mart, Pizza Pro, Bill Rasco, Hewitt, Ging Rasco, Ashley Yeaman,

Mart's Pizza Pro
A Franchise Way To Self-Sufficiency

Texas Business reports: Ten years ago, Bill Rasco of Hewitt, Texas decided to take a huge risk. He had been in education for twenty years, but was ready for a change. He withdrew his teaching retirement funds, and used them as a down payment to own and operate a Pizza Pro franchise in Mart, Texas.

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Waco Bar-B-Que Restaurant Redefines Sell-Out  | wac_txbz, Geoff demaria,
Waco Bar-B-Que Restaurant Redefines Sell-Out
 Texas Business reports: The family owned Tony DeMaria’s Bar-B-Que in Waco, Texas has an out of the ordinary philosophy.    Only open for lunch, frequent customers know to get there early, before Geoff places the lime green “sold out” sign in the window. Full Story »
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World Cup Café brews more than coffee by bridging economic gap | wac_txbz, Caitlin Giddens, World Cup Cafe,

World Cup Cafe.
World Cup Café brews more than coffee by bridging economic gap

Texas Business reports: In this café, customers who count change to pay for their coffee sit with guests wearing business suits. These customers seem unequal, with their differing bank accounts and level of education. But what brings them together, equalizing a life with food stamps to one with luxury cars, is a simple cup of coffee.

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Caitlin R. Giddens

Cupp's: Hamburgers Sell At The Diner For 83 Years | wac_txbz, Cupp's, diner, Bonnie J. Holman,

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Cupp's: Hamburgers Sell At The Diner For 83 Years

Texas Business reports: Everyone recognizes those two golden arches during moments of hunger. With so many options for a quick burger, how does Cupp’s, a local Waco old-fashioned hamburger shop that sits tucked away behind a Burger King, beat out all the cookie-cutter, chain competition?

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Ohio’s Sunny Street Café Plans 40 Stores In Texas

Texas Business reports: COLUMBUS, Ohio—The breakfast-lunch chain Sunny Street Café signed a 40-store development agreement for Texas with Cafe Management Systems. 

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Dunkin' Donuts To Open 25 New Restaurants In Houston and San Antonio

Texas Business reports:  CANTON, Mass.—Dunkin' Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with three franchise groups to develop 25 new restaurants in Texas over the next several years. 

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Hudson Group Joint Ventures Win Retail, Food Concessions at Dallas Love Field

Texas Business reports:  EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— Two joint ventures led by travel retailer Hudson Group won the bid process to provide both retail and food services in the newly renovated Dallas Love Field Airport. 

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Austin Firm Wins $14 Million Fort Hood Food Service Contract

Texas Business reports:  An Austin firm won a $14 million contract to provide food service at Fort Hood, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. 

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Imperial Sugar Company Completes Sale of Wholesome Sweeteners Investment

Texas Business reports: SUGAR LAND, Texas—Imperial Sugar Company completed the sale of its 50% interest in Wholesome Sweeteners Inc. to an affiliate of Arlon Group, a private investment group focused on food and agriculture. 

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Austin Firm To Provide $11.2 Million Of Meals To U.S. Military

Texas Business reports:  An Austin firm won an $11.2 million contract to provide 8.4 million meals to the U.S. military, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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UT Arlington announces first College Park restaurants

Texas Business reports:  Five restaurants including a new concept, MAVS Sports Grill, will be among the first retail tenants in UT Arlington’s 20-acre College Park District development, scheduled for completion this summer.

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Tootie Pie Company Opens Second Austin Cafe  Tootie Pie Company Opens Second Austin Cafe  Tootie Pie Company Opens Second Austin Cafe   | aust_txbz, sanant_txbz, Tootie Pie, toot, cafe, Don Merrill,
Tootie Pie Company Opens Second Austin Cafe Tootie Pie Company Opens Second Austin Cafe Tootie Pie Company Opens Second Austin Cafe

Texas Business reports:  SAN ANTONIO—Tootie Pie Company Inc. opened its second Tootie Pie Gourmet Cafe in Austin.

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Texas Commission Issues Liquor License to Rick's Cabaret Near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

Texas Business reports:  DFW—The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has issued a license to sell liquor at the Rick's Cabaret just outside the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.


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La Fiesta Still Sells Mexican Food

Family history, deep-rooted culture and an ever-evolving menu are the keys to success for one of Waco’s oldest Tex-Mex restaurants. La Fiesta opened at its first location in Waco in 1963, although it was not the first food related business endeavor for the Castillo family, whose ancestors sold tamales and eared corn from street vendor carts in the early 1900s.

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George’s Continues to Deliver Good Value with Opening of Second Restaurant

At George’s, three things reign supreme: good food, cheap beer and Baylor athletics. “I still go to George’s and drink my beer,” country singer Pat Green crooned in his popular song “George’s Bar.” The restaurant has gained popularity and, more importantly to the managers, a loyal following in Waco.


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Jesse's Tortilla Factory | wac_txbz, Jesse's Tortilla Factory,
Jesse's Tortilla Factory

53 years ago Hermalinda Nino sent her daughters door-to-door selling fresh tortillas. Since then the oven got a little bigger and the kitchen gained a few square feet.

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Vitek’s BBQ Thrives as a Small Business with Legacy and Loyalty   | wac_txbz, Ellen Phillips, Gutpak, Vitek, vitek's, BBQ,
Vitek’s BBQ Thrives as a Small Business with Legacy and Loyalty

When you hear the phrase “Gut Pak,” what comes to mind? Probably some sort of food that is the leading cause of protruding bellies, or possibly something manly men enjoy while cheering for their football team. While these two may be close to the truth in Waco, the Gut Pak is first and foremost the most popular menu item at Vitek’s BBQ. According to owner Julie Keith, this pile of Fritos chips, beans, cheese, sausage and beef is one thing among many that keeps the business at Vitek’s successful.

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San Antonio Firm Wins $32.4 Million Federal Food Contract

Texas Business reports:  A San Antonio firm won a $32. 4 million for federal food products. Sterling Foods LLC of San Antonio received a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $32,464,106 for Meal, Ready-to-Eat bakery components, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Wingstop Signs Master Agreement to Open 120 Restaurants in Mexico

Texas Business reports:  RICHARDSON—Based on the success of its stores in Mexico City, Wingstop announced the company will add 120 restaurants across Mexico over the next seven years, thanks to a master franchise agreement with WIS Master S.A. de C.V.


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Brewery Sues State Over Sales Restrictions   | aust_txbz, Jester King Craft Brewery, Ron Extract, Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission,
Brewery Sues State Over Sales Restrictions

AUSTIN—At the Jester King Craft Brewery, in the hills just west of Austin, managing partner Ron Extract can explain the differences between Cascade and Amarillo hops. He can explain what gives “Das Wunderkind” beer its “delicate tartness” and “Commercial Suicide” its “oaky notes.” He cannot sell you a glass of either. Nor can he tell you where Jester King’s beers are sold. According to the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission code, both activities are illegal.


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Snyder's-Lance To Close Corsicana Plant

Texas Business reports:  CORSICANA—Snyder's-Lance Inc. announced plans to close its salty snacks manufacturing facility in Corsicana, Texas, effective Friday, February 10, 2012.

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Freebirds World Burrito to Open in Mission, Texas

Texas Business reports:  MISSION—Freebirds World Burrito  will open a new location at 2521 East 83 Suite 600 Mission, Texas on Thursday, November 10, 2011.


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OSHA cites Dallas facility of California-based Bridgford Foods for exposing workers to noise, energized machine hazards   | dal_ftw_txbz, OSHA, Bridgford Foods, safety, health, violation, John Hermanson,
OSHA cites Dallas facility of California-based Bridgford Foods for exposing workers to noise, energized machine hazards

Texas Business reports: DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Anaheim, Calif.-based Bridgford Foods Corp. for 27 safety and health violations at its food manufacturing facility in Dallas, with proposed penalties totaling $422,600.


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Chili’s Grill & Bar Opens First Restaurant In Sao Paulo

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS — Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The residents of São Paulo, Brazil, were introduced to Chili’s Grill & Bar last month when the Dallas-based brand opened its first restaurant in one of South America’s fastest growing countries.


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Republic of Texas Food Company's Online Store Open for Business | Republic of Texas Brands, Republic of Texas Food Company, online food,
Republic of Texas Food Company's Online Store Open for Business

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Republic of Texas Brands Inc.opened its Republic of Texas Food Company has opened its online store and is now taking orders at www.republicoftexas.com.


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