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Rafael Gomez, owner of Sovereign in Plainfield, says he will change a menu item if he is unable to get the locally produced ingredients he needs to make it.

Rafael Gomez, owner of Sovereign in Plainfield, says he will change a menu item if he is unable to get the locally produced ingredients he needs to make it.

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Demand for healthier food changing restaurant, grocery scene

As customers reject the use of hormones, genetically-modified and artificial products, businesses are learning that making changes can improve the bottom line.

In 2013, local entrepreneur and former McDonald’s executive Ron Rupp decided to start a business that combined two loves: Authentic Kansas City-style barbecue and healthy eating.