business news in context, analysis with attitude

…with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

USA Todayreports that CVS “plans to offer a nationwide service to treat easy-to-diagnose maladies and other medical issues via its smartphone app … The telemedicine service will be offered for diagnosis of conditions like colds and flu, skin issues and general wellness matters.”

According to the story, “The video visit service, which will be provided on smartphones, will cost $59 and can be paid by credit card or debit card … The move reflects an expansion of the CVS MinuteClinic brand. It comes as the drugstore chain is seeking approval of its deal to acquire Aetna in a sweeping plan to diversify its business.”

Bon Appétit has a story concluding that Portland is the 2018 Restaurant City of The Year.

Portland, Maine.

Why? “For starters, it’s the sheer number of outstanding openings—from a tiny pastry shop that serves knockout Roman pizza to a Jewish-style deli that ranks up there with New York and L.A.’s best. And while you can still get an Instagram-worthy lobster roll and a dozen local oysters, you’re missing out if you skip the killer pho spot or the guy selling hand rolls out of a Yeti cooler.”

You can read the entire assessment here.

It was somewhat disconcerting to read this story while sitting in Portland, Oregon. But I have to admit that this story made my mouth water. When I get back east, it may be time for a road trip…

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has named this year’s recipient of the Esther Peterson Award for Consumer service to Andrea Gold, director of the retailer policy and management division, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Seems sort of ironic that as FMI goes to the Supreme Court to prevent the release of SNAP data, it is simultaneously celebrating the work of someone who works on the program.
KC's View: