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Food Notes

Pasta & Provisions plans second store

Pasta & Provisions, the Italian specialties store on Providence Road, is planning to open a new location on Park Road in late summer or fall. General manager Dylan George, son of owner Tommy George, confirmed that they have signed a lease. Although he wouldn’t confirm the new address, he said it’s close to Montford Drive and the Madison Park area.

The original store at 1528 Providence Road will remain open, George said. The new store will be smaller, but may include additions including hot food, sandwiches, beer on tap and wine by the glass. Pasta & Provisions opened in 1992 and once had other locations, including a small store uptown that closed several years ago. The pastas and sauces also are available at other places around Charlotte, including the Atherton Market.

2 companies moving toward healthier ingredients

If you keep track of ingredient lists, here are two recent developments:

▪ Nestle USA has announced that it will remove artificial flavors and colors from more than 250 products and 10 brands by the end of the year, according to Food Politics, the online newsletter from dietitian Marion Nestle (who isn’t related to the company). Brands include Butterfinger, Crunch and Baby Ruth.

▪ Unilever plans to start using only milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones for its Breyers ice cream brand in 2015. The company also will partner with the Rainforest Alliance to use vanilla from sustainably sourced and certified vanilla beans. After starting with Breyers, the company will do the same with its other ice cream brands, including Good Humor, Klondike, Magnum, Fruttare and Popsicle.

Beer festival music announced

The Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers of Brevard will lead the music acts May 8-9 at the fifth annual N.C. Brewers and Music Festival at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. The festival also features 15 breweries, including Birdsong, District 9, Triple C and Unknown from Charlotte. Tasting tickets are $42. Details: