Sales of the cleaner-label sector of the meat counter, including natural and antibiotic-free, has grown while conventional meats have become stagnant, according to market analyst Anne-Marie Roerink. Millennial shoppers are interested in these products but may need more outreach to learn what's available, she said.
After what it considers a successful test, Dollar General will add produce to about 400 more stores. Adding fresh produce to stores both increased the cart size and attracted new customers, the company said.
Jame Beard Award-nominated chef and restaurateur Nina Compton will open her second New Orleans eatery, Bywater American Bistro, this week. "People ask, 'What is American food?' It's the melting pot of whatever we want to cook," Compton said.
With subscriber retention proving to be a challenge, meal kit maker Blue Apron will start offering kits in stores by the end of the year, though no retail partner has been identified. CEO Brad Dickerson believes the company can attract more customers by selling its kits both in stores and on its website.
Ben & Jerry's will bring its new Gimme S'more variety to store shelves this month. The limited-edition flavor differs from the brand's existing S'mores option by using a marshmallow ice cream base instead of chocolate.
School nutrition professionals in Pennsylvania are working to meet calls from state lawmakers to boost the number of students who eat breakfast at school. Efforts include grab-and-go options, second-chance breakfasts and breakfasts in the classroom.
Nestle CEO Mark Schneider received high praise from board chairman Paul Bulcke during this week's World Economic Forum. Bulcke said he expects Schneider to stay in the CEO role for the long term rather than leading the company for just a few years.
New York's 29B Teahouse is blending matcha powder with beer to create a green brew reminiscent of Japan's matcha beer. The resulting drink is not only perfect for St. Patrick's Day, but also offers a refreshing sip throughout the year, writes Kat Odell.
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group has unveiled a new prototype for Noah's New York Bagels in Oakland, Calif. The chain's first new unit in several years is a 2,300-square-foot restaurant with features including cold-brew coffee and tea on tap and a new ordering and payment system designed to speed service.
Southeastern Grocers will restructure its debt and close 94 under-performing stores. The company says the debt savings of $500 million will let it continue to operate nearly 600 stores.
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