Consumer and retail news: 10 things you need to know today

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1. Taco Bell is about to get cheaper

Taco Bell has launched a $1 breakfast menu.The menu features existing items such as a breakfast burrito, a two-pack of Cinnabon Delights, and hash browns, as well as several new items, with all costing $1.

2. Target is hiring Silicon Valley engineers for a mysterious start-up

Target is looking to hire 20 engineers and product managers to join a mysterious technology-focused start-up called “Goldfish,” reports the Star Tribune.

3. Whole Foods is doing something it’s never done before with ‘ugly’ food

Whole Foods is trying to reduce food waste by giving customers the option to buy bruised, discolored, and misshapen fruits and vegetables — the type of produce that supermarkets typically reject — at a reduced price, NPR reports.

4. McDonald’s is testing a huge improvement to all-day breakfast

McDonald’s is now serving its entire breakfast menu all day at certain locations, reports Brand Eating. Customers can choose from McGriddles, McMuffins, and biscuits all day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as parts of North Carolina’s Triad region, under the “All Day Breakfast: Bigger Menu” platform.

5. Sales at Urban Outfitters’ once-unstoppable brand are mysteriously falling

Urban Outfitters, Inc. reported fourth quarter earnings and the company announced that Anthropologie’s comparable sales had dipped by 2%.

6. It looks like an employee at a now closed Chipotle had norovirus

One employee at a closed Chipotle restaurant in Billerica, Massachusetts
had a confirmed case of norovirus. The restaurant has been cleaned and is expected to reopen Thursday.

7. Classic American restaurant chains are disappearing into oblivion

As fast-casual restaurants with fresh ideas and business models blossom, not all of the old guard can keep up. Chains including Roy Rogers, Quiznos, and Bennigans are shrinking.

8. Jos. A. Bank is closing 250 stores

Men’s Warehouse parent company, Jos.A.Bank has struggled with sales and will close 250 stores, reports Fortune.

9. 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner products don’t work

2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner may help you save time, but it actually makes your hair frizzy because it messes with hair cuticles.

10. A New York councilwoman is pushing for sugar and carb warnings at restaurants

Salt warning labels are not enough. A New York councilwoman is proposing legislation that would require restaurants to place excess sugar and carb warnings on their menus, reports Politico.

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