Since launching six years ago, San Francisco-based dinner delivery service Munchery has streamlined its operation and centralized production to expand service to 12 states and the District of Columbia. The company devises sauces and other meal components that can be used in multiple recipes and plates dishes assembly line-style to maximize efficiency.
Starbucks opened a store yesterday on the South Side of Chicago as part of its push to open more locations in low-income areas. The company hopes to expand its efforts to at least 15 underserved communities in Baltimore; Birmingham, Ala.; Long Beach, Calif.; Miami and Seattle by 2018.
Grocers will have to meet the needs of many different types of shoppers, from in-store browsers to online delivery customers, Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen told attendees at a conference this week. "[W]hat we're trying to do is to make sure that it's a completely seamless experience for the customer, regardless of where they go," he said.
Australian supermarket chain Coles may adopt scanner technology to reduce theft at its self-serve checkouts, sources said. The technology would be better able to identify specific fruits and vegetables, making it harder to pass off more expensive produce as lower-priced food.
FMI will end its annual FMI Connect show starting in 2017 and work to create an event that better serves members' changing business needs, President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said Wednesday. The group expects to debut the new format in 2018 and FMI will also move forward with its Future Leaders program next year, Sarasin said.
Decanting Champagne is becoming a more common practice and can help calm the effervescence and develop aromas in the wine, according to sommeliers and Champagne producers. A tall, narrow decanter is best for Champagne, and rinsing the inside with a bit of the wine before pouring can help reduce the amount of foam.
Baltimore City Public Schools have reached an agreement with the Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Maryland campaign to expand access to grab-and-go meals. The program -- and $200,000 in funding over two years -- is intended to help increase breakfast participation.
Youths with untreated high blood pressure had normal scores in tests of verbal skills, memory and processing speed, although they performed worse compared with those with normal blood pressure, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. The findings were based on data involving 150 children ages 10 to 18.
"High quality early learning" cannot occur without access to basic necessities, such as health care, nutrition and safety, Beverly Falk, professor and director of graduate programs in early childhood education at City College of New York, writes in this commentary. She explores what such programs look like in practice.
LGBT students may be more likely to be bullied during the school day, according to a survey of 1,367 students ages 13 to 18, and 1,015 middle- and high-school teachers. Less than 25% of teachers surveyed reported receiving professional development about transgender student issues.
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