Today's teens are digital natives who are just beginning to develop brand loyalties and make the choice to buy groceries or dine out based on factors including price and location, writes Laurie Demeritt, CEO of The Hartman Group. Online ordering and delivery will play a growing role as Gen Z members grow up and take control of their own food spending.
Gen X is the biggest-spending generation when it comes to restaurant and takeout meals, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey. Millennials spend less on restaurant meals than their older counterparts, although a greater share of their total budgets go to out-of-home meals.
The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an anti-vaping campaign aimed at teens that includes messaging in 10,000 school bathrooms and on websites and employs geofencing to target young people in schools. The push spotlights the dangers of chemicals used in vaping liquids, with cautionary video ads across social including YouTube, Instagram and Spotify.
Website accessibility lawsuits are on the rise and can prove costly for businesses, including quickserve chains, writes lawyer Brian Cole II. Requirements for making sites accessible for people with auditory or visual disabilities aren't clearly defined, he writes, but businesses can take steps to protect themselves by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Winemakers in Cyprus are hoping for sun as red mavro and white xynisteri grapes are laid out to dry. To make sweet Commandaria wine, grapes from 14 villages are placed in the September sun before winemaking, and a downpour of rain could ruin the year's harvest.
Companies that rely too much on singular executives rather than collective leadership struggle to retain leaders and respond to competitive changes, according to a report by EY, DDI and The Conference Board that surveyed more than 25,000 people. Consider using team-based bonuses, hire and promote people known to collaborate and be able to explain the organization's purpose, write Richard Wellins and Evan Sinar of DDI.
Romano's Macaroni Grill will pay about $32 million to acquire the 14-unit Sullivan's Steakhouse chain from Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, the companies said. Sullivan's Steakhouse President Scott Smith will stay with the chain after the deal closes later this month.
Papa John's has launched a new TV ad that replaces former CEO John Schnatter, the longtime face of the brand, with a group of 24 franchisees and employees. The spot is set to run during the season premieres of popular shows including "This is Us" and "How to Get Away With Murder."
Students in a Kentucky school district are purchasing school meals using a biometric technology that allows them to access funds through their fingerprints. Dalla Emerson, the district's director of food services operations, says the IDconnect system is intended to help students purchase meals faster, so they have more time to eat.
There may be a connection between the time that school starts and students' weight, according to a study of about 30,000 students ages 10 to 18 in Canada. The study found that students who started school earlier in the day tended to weigh more than their peers who were the same age, height and sex.
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