Dunkin' Donuts will include less water and more eggs in its egg patty in response to increased consumer demand for high-quality ingredients. The new patty will debut in mid-August as part of an ongoing effort to refresh the menu.
Ahold and Delhaize expect to complete their merger Saturday, including gaining approval from the US Federal Trade Commission, with plans to begin trading stock as a combined company Monday, the retailers said Thursday. The companies agreed to sell off 86 stores in the US as part of the merger plans.
Food retailers and brands have tried many strategies to encourage shoppers to buy, including moving some center-aisle products to perimeter displays, branded discount displays and switching up product placements in the center aisles. For example, Winn-Dixie teamed with Hershey to create eye-catching candy displays in the front of the store in 2014, while Coca-Cola and other brands do research into maximizing sales and shelf displays and use the findings in suggestions to retailers.
New York-based Wegmans Food Markets is looking expand its presence in North Carolina with a second store in the city of Cary, according to preliminary plans filed there. The retailer announced in January that it would open its first store in North Carolina in Cary, and Wegmans also said it is looking into several potential store sites in the Raleigh-Durham market.
School nutrition professionals in North Carolina recently attended the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute, which is funded through a grant from the US Department of Agriculture. The training program featured new recipes and techniques to make healthy, appetizing meals for students.
Colombia is coordinating with other countries in Central America to formulate an early response in the event Panama disease, also known as Fusarium wilt, hits the region's banana crops, said Carlos Soto, head of the Colombian Agricultural Institute. The fungus can remain in the soil for 30 years and has the power to devastate several types of banana crops.
More people with full-time jobs are opting to moonlight as restaurant employees. They see the work as a hobby and use it to connect with their favorite restaurants or enjoy the satisfaction of well-done service work.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has made a concerted effort to give each of its more than 120 US restaurants an individual personality, said CEO Kevin Brown. The Chicago-based parent of brands including Wow Bao and RPM Italian has grown 8% to 10% a year for more than a decade, and it's exploring new markets for further expansion, he said.
Top stories in food and beverage this week include the new federal GMO labeling law, Wal-Mart's commitment to reducing food waste and efforts by grocers to take advantage of the "Pokemon Go" craze.
Associated Retail Operations is showcasing the food of local growers with farmers market displays at Macey's, Lin's, Dan's, Dick's Market and Fresh Market stores in Utah. "As locally owned retailers, it is important for us to support other local businesses, especially our farmers and growers," said Danni Barnhart, Associated Retail's produce manager.
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