Barnes & Noble will open four concept stores next year with larger cafes where waiters will serve full meals, beer and wine as way to keep shoppers lingering longer. The retailer has hired an executive chef to create affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, CEO Ron Boire said.
More than 80% of grocery shoppers in the US put some effort into healthy eating, but only about a third put a great deal of effort into maintaining a healthy diet, according to a survey by FMI and Rodale, which presents food retailers with an opportunity to assist their customers, a panel of experts said at FMI Connect. "[R]etailers have the opportunity to help their customers find and distinguish dietary choices, offer weight management solutions and share convenient meal ideas that help feed families," said Susan Borra, FMI's chief health and wellness officer and executive director.
A delivery partnership with Amazon is boosting sales at Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market, Chief Financial Officer Brad Lukow said this week. "Amazon brings the strength of its consumer volume to its site, but it's really the strength of the Sprouts brand that is resonating, so it's actually a symbiotic relationship," he said.
Sonoma Brands will launch its line of high pressure processed chilled soups next month in an effort to fill a "white space" in the soup category and offer an alternative to sugary fruit juices, Sonoma Brands founder Jon Sebastiani said. The Zupa Noma line will launch on the West Coast in flavors including beet orange basil and cucumber avocado fennel.
Mountain Dew has given a treat to those who grew up in the '90s by building an Aggro Crag from the Nickelodeon show "Guts" in New York City. The brand also invited competitors from MTV's show "The Challenge" to compete in racing up the fake mountain.
A school district in California has approved a new health and wellness curriculum, which includes weekly yoga classes. Some parents and students protested the decision, saying funding for the yoga program would be better spent in other academic areas.
Kiwis are packed with naturally occurring pectin, and the fruit's flavor is mild enough to play well with most fruits and berries, making it a perfect addition to preserves. Grated kiwi can also be added to fruit fillings to help them set.
Sonic aims to raise the percentage of its 3,500 drive-ins that are franchised from 90% to 95%, CEO Cliff Hudson said Thursday. The chain's franchised restaurants booked a 2.1% same-store sales rise in the quarter ended May 31, compared to a 0.9% increase at company-owned units.
In an industry where it can take years to get a new dish just right before putting it on the menu, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is looking to speedy changes to stay ahead of the game. The chain launched its all-day breakfast menu seven months after Easterbrook took the helm last year, and now it's making tweaks including replacing margarine with butter and changing the English muffin recipe to stay ahead of the competition.
The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association has teamed with the state Commerce Department to help military veterans find jobs at the state's restaurants and hospitality businesses. "Restaurants provide veterans and other employees the experience and skills they need to succeed throughout their careers -- whether or not they choose to continue on an upward path in the hospitality industry," writes Navy veteran and Dunkin' Donuts franchisee Peter Turner.
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