Texas ag official has beef with Chipotle (San Antonio Express News)
Texas’ agriculture commissioner said in a letter to Chipotle Mexican Grill founder Steve Ells that it is “misguided” and “irresponsible” for the chain to import beef from Australia rather than use domestic sources. Commissioner Todd Staples wrote: “It seems foolish to discount these immense, local resources when making decisions about where to source your beef.” Ells last month wrote in the Huffington Post that Chipotle was having difficulty getting beef it prefers from U.S. producers because the lingering drought is leading to the smallest herd in decades.
 
—Ron Ruggless

Starbucks contribution to scholarship overstated (Associated Press/Yahoo)
The coffeehouse operator isn't contributing any upfront scholarship money to an online college degree program it introduced this week.

—Marcella Veneziale

Chicago sandwich scene heats up with Penn Station expansion (Chicago Tribune)
Though Chicago is home to Potbelly Corp. and dozens of franchised locations for Subway, Jimmy John’s, Firehouse Subs and Jersey Mike’s, the Windy City will welcome another fast-growing entrant in Cincinnati-based Penn Station East Coast Subs. Franchisees already have six Penn Station locations operating in the northern suburbs, but a new family-owned group plans to bring 10 locations to the city limits and next-door cities like Skokie and Evanston, Ill. The chain projects as many as 75 to 100 units in the Chicago market over the long term.

—Mark Brandau



New York's yogurt boom is not so sweet (The Wall Street Journal)
Yogurt in the city is evolving from sugar-laden fruit varieties toward savory, Middle Eastern flavors.

—Marcella Veneziale