News Bites: Big Starbucks Announcement and Chocolate Fried Chicken

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Read on for the June 17, 2014 edition of News Bites.

Groundbreaking Starbucks Announcement

Starbucks recently announced that it would provide thousands of its employees with free online college education. The program is available to employees who work at least 20 hours a week and have the test scores and grades to get into Arizona State University. Starbucks will even pay the full tuition for baristas with two years of college credit and cover part of the cost for those with fewer credits.

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Chocolate Fried Chicken

Adam Fleischman, the creator of Umami Burger, is now trying out something very different in downtown Los Angeles. At his new Choco Chicken, the menu includes — you guessed it — chocolate fried chicken! The chicken is covered in spicy batter before being fried, but has a bittersweet chocolate crust.

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Food Labels Confuse Consumers.

A new study has found that food labels often mislead shoppers into thinking that they are making healthy choices. The researchers found that words like "antioxidant" or "gluten-free" and even "whole grain" made shoppers believe that the products were more nutritious than they actually were.

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Strawberries and Blood Pressure

Scientists are testing to see if the high blood pressure of 60 post-menopausal women will decrease after eating a handful of freeze dried strawberries or a placebo for eight weeks. Strawberries are filled with antioxidants, which might lower blood pressure by relaxing the lining inside the blood vessels.

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Rosé Sales Rise

Rosé was typically looked down upon by wine connoisseurs for being too sweet. However, now exports of rosé to the U.S. have increased by 40 percent in volume since 2013. In the 90s, the growers in Provence (where most rosé comes from) decided to design vineyards specifically for rosé. They also added new refrigeration systems and steel tanks because the process of fermentation for rosé occurs at colder temperatures.

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Starbucks plans to pay for the educations of thousands of its employees. The coffee giant recently announced big plans to collaborate with Arizona State University in order to send its employees to the college or access a college education online.

In other News:

  • Chocolate chicken exists.
  • Food labels often mislead consumers, research finds.
  • Strawberries could lower blood pressure, according to a new study.
  • Rosé sales increase.

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