Starbucks is launching Apple Pay as a mobile payment option at select stores, and will roll it out to 7,500 company-owned cafes by the end of next year. Other chains including Chili's Grill & Bar and KFC will also add the payment option, Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey said.
High-profile chefs including Marc Vetri, Michael Symon and Ilan Hall are working with retailer Urban Outfitters to open in-store restaurants. The eateries are part of the retailer's shift toward lifestyle stores that serve up experiences along with shopping.
Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme, whose food shows and cookbooks celebrated Cajun and creole styles and made him one of the country's first celebrity chefs, died Thursday at 75. "The way Paul approached everything was to try to make things more local, more regional, fresher, cooked to order. At the time all those concepts were fresh and new. Now we all cook that way," said chef Frank Brigtsen.
Stop & Shop will unveil five new stores next week, as the retailer begins converting 25 units acquired from A&P last month in a nearly $150 million deal, the company announced Thursday. The stores, located in New York, will close for about seven days while the conversions are completed, and once reopened will feature modern decor, updated refrigeration systems and technology, and Stop & Shop's fresh departments.
H-E-B has formed a partnership with the Italian Trade Agency that will allow the retailer to offer more than 3,000 imported products in its Texas stores, including Italian-made pastas, olive oils, cheeses and preserves.
The popularity of eSports is spurring Coca-Cola and gaming company IGN to launch a 30-minute digital segment akin to ESPN's "SportsCenter" that is devoted to the sporting niche. The show will recap the week in electronic gaming and live-streamed competitions, as well as feature round-table discussions highlighting leagues, players and teams. "We want to create a new watering hole for the eSports community," Coca-Cola's Matt Wolf said.
Domino's Pizza will depend on upselling to offset higher rents, wages and other expenses, instead of risking the ire of customers by raising prices, said Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Lawrence. "I don't think you can take aggressive price in this economy right now, and not expect that it's going to hit your order counts," he said.
Basketball star LeBron James has officially ended an endorsement arrangement with McDonald's and sealed a multiyear deal with Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza. James, a founding investor in the pizza chain, appeared in his last McDonald's spot a year ago.
Researchers looked at 40 children living in Oakland and Salinas in California and found those who ate an organic diet for seven days had an almost 50% decline in levels of two of the most frequently detected pesticides and an almost 25% decline in those of a common herbicide, compared with being on a conventional diet. The findings were published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
This week, 90 schools in Riverside, Calif., and 78 in Minnesota were among the schools across the US that participated in the International Walk to School Day, a wellness initiative that encourages children to walk or ride their bicycle to school. The Riverside County Department of Public Health plans to do "walk audits" of dozens of schools to see if there are safety or traffic issues that deter children from walking or riding their bikes to school.
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