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WHEN Megan Bittner first started working at her local Macca's at the age of 14, it was meant to be an after-school job. Today at 21, she's the country's youngest store manager, having left university to pursue a career with the fast-food giant.
After someone complained of evidence of mice at a local Wendy's, a sanitarian with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department went to the restaurant for an inspection. Owners of the Wendy's at Front and Main on Toledo's east side are now voluntarily closing the location for the day so employees can thoroughly sanitize the facility and throw out any food or materials that may have been touched by the rodents, according to the health department.
Love chocolate? Well, you’re in luck. Nestle (VTX:NESN) has reportedly found a way to change the structure of chocolate to make it even sweeter. And as a result, the company should be able to make some of its most popular candy bars with less added sugar. That means Kit Kats, Butterfingers and other popular chocolate bars could soon get a bit healthier.
This innovation comes at a good time for the company. Some countries and cities around the world are implementing sugar taxes and even special labeling rules for sugary foods. So the new sweeter chocolate could allow Nestle to avoid some of those issues that impact food items with a lot of added sugar.
It’s important for food companies to find ways to adapt to new rules and standards like this. But changing the actual structure of chocolate can’t have been easy. The company now has to implement a whole new chocolate making process for all of its foods.Trend Driven Innovation Pays Off
However, when you have some popular products that people don’t want to see changed, you might have to get really creative when coming up with ways to adapt your products to new rules and trends. People probably wouldn’t be happy if Kit Kats all of a sudden were just not as sweet. But if this new process keeps the product more or less the same, just with different processes and ingredients, it could be well worth it for the company.
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This article, "Latest Product Innovation: Sweeter Chocolate — That’s Better for You? (Watch)" was first published on Small Business Trends