Fiesta Restaurant Group will close its six remaining Pollo Tropical restaurants in Texas, citing low brand awareness and additional uncertainty in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the company said. Nearly all of the company's 43 Taco Cabana eateries in the Houston market have reopened, and preliminary reports indicate Hurricane Irma did not do significant damage to the company's Florida eateries.
Wegmans Food Markets was recognized by Great Place To Work and Fortune magazine as one of the top workplaces for women. Wegmans came in at No. 7 on the list of 100 companies, and grocery players Publix Super Markets and Nugget Markets were ranked at No. 39 and No. 95, respectively.
Rouses Supermarkets will build two new stores in southwest Louisiana, which are slated to open next year. The stores being built in Sulphur and Moss Bluff, La., mark the retailer's furthest move west in the US, and will bring Rouses' store count to 58.
ShopRite dominates New Jersey's grocery market with 139 stores, and Acme, Stop & Shop, Target and ALDI also have a strong presence in the state. But emerging players including Whole Foods Market 365, Weis Markets, Wegmans, Lidl and Trader Joe's are poised to gain ground as they open more stores in the Garden State.
Spending on elementary through high-school education declined by about 3% in the US between 2010 and 2014, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's annual report of education indicators. Data show that other OECD countries often get better outcomes by spending less money and focusing on different priorities.
Retailers are experimenting with different online grocery shopping models to discover whether their customers prefer delivery or some version of click-and-collect. Food retailers including Costco, Safeway and Target have partnered with Instacart for home delivery in some markets, while others including Walmart are expanding in-store pickup and other e-commerce options.
School nutrition professionals seek to balance providing healthy meals with managing students' food allergies, including nuts. In this interview, Sharonlee Trefry, Vermont's school nurse consultant, shares some steps that schools in the state are taking to protect students.
Post Holdings will acquire Bob Evans Farms, which produces chilled side dishes and other packaged food products under brand names such as Bob Evans, Country Creek, Owens and Pineland Farms. The companies expect to close the acquisition, which is valued at approximately $1.5 billion, in 2018.
Doughnut sales in the grocery and convenience store channel rose 3.4% last year, IRI data indicates, and consumers are eating the sweet treats throughout the day as they seek unconventional varieties. "We see consumers looking for unique and different flavors to match their mood at the time," said Rebecca Loveland of Dawn Food Products.
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a revised version of Walgreens' bid to acquire Rite Aid stores. Under the deal, Walgreens will pay $4.38 billion for 1,932 locations, giving the company about 10,000 stores in the US.
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