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The Wall Street Journal has a couple of interesting food-related stories worth taking a look at.

First, there is a story about the fast-moving produce business, reporting that there is "a new urgency to fruit and vegetable trends as a tight restaurant economy makes it more important than ever for a chef to stand out. Savvy customers want produce that’s intriguing, surprising, delicious and, if possible, wildly nutritious—not only at restaurants and stores but on our doorsteps, as grocery-delivery services such as FreshDirect expand the market."

Indeed, social media accelerates the process even more. According to the story, Karen Caplan, CEO of the 55-year-old Frieda’s Specialty Produce, "has never seen anything like the current scramble for marquee produce. 'Information travels at the speed of light' in the Instagram era, she said. The next big thing gets a lot more exposure, and faces a lot more competition."

You can read the story here.

But, the Journal also has a story about how people don't want to cook anymore.

An excerpt:

"One of the biggest changes that has rippled across the food industry is a loss of cooking skills, says food historian Andrew F. Smith. This is despite the popularity of cooking shows and Instagram food photos ... The trend is true across age groups, but is strongest among millennials, the nation’s largest demographic group. About 42% of millennials’ monthly food budget is spent on food prepared outside the home, more than any other generation, according to a survey of 1,500 U.S. consumers last year by Acosta. Millennials spent an average of $202 a month on food prepared outside the home last year, up from an average of $159 in 2015."

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