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McDonald’s invests over $550 million to revamp German sites

BERLIN – Fast-food chain McDonald’s says it is investing 500 million euros ($557 million) to modernize its restaurants in Germany. The company says 72 “restaurants of the future” will start offering custom-made burgers, children’s play areas and even table service on Monday.

M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Oreos would not be as filling without Graco

MINNEAPOLIS – Ever wonder how M&M’s get their crunchy shells? Or how Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pop-Tarts get their decadent fillings? Or how that perfect dollop of creamy goodness sneaks into the middle of an Oreo? With little hoopla, Graco has quietly built a business of Food and Drug Administration-approved pumps and spraying machines that are renowned within the food industry. The unit is still small but one of Graco’s fastest-growing segments, doubling since 2010.

Pasco frozen food processor aims to restart production after recall

CRF Frozen Foods is unable to identify the contamination source that prompted a massive recall and led the company to lay off 300 workers at its Pasco plant. Gene Grabowski said the company will turn its attention from trying to find the source of the deadly listeria pathogen to securing federal approval to restart production.

Polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs flees home confinement

Authorities say polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has fled Salt Lake City, where he was supposed to be on home confinement pending trial on charges in a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.

Summer meal program

School districts, libraries, community centers and churches throughout Eastern Washington will once again offer a summer meal program.

AP Exclusive: How candy makers shape nutrition science

NEW YORK – It was a startling scientific finding: Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. Less startling was how it came about. The paper, it turns out, was funded by a trade association representing the makers of Butterfingers, Hershey and Skittles.

Lovitt Restaurant in Colville closing after 11 years

Chef Norman Six lifts the lid to check the progress on what will become some of his last steaks in the old farmhouse on the hill. In three weeks and with a heavy heart, he’s closing his kitchen.

Boise’s Fry Guy writes book about favorite dish

Blake Lingle is co-owner of Boise Fry Co. and author of “Fries! An Illustrated Guide to the World’s Favorite Food.” Published in April, the book – Lingle’s first – offers a funny ode to fries, one of America’s best-loved fast foods.

Bing cherries could be in shorter supply this year

Bing cherries have been beset with growing problems this year that are reducing the size of the crop. The Northwest’s most popular cherry variety could be in short supply in 2016, after the five-state Cherry Commission this week lowered its outlook for the season to 18.3 million 20-pound boxes. That’s about a million boxes less than was predicted just two weeks ago.