Dunkin' Donuts will start testing a catering program today at seven Boston-area stores with an eye on taking it national. The success of separate catering programs established by Dunkin' franchisees and DoorDash spurred the company to test the concept, said Sherrill Kaplan, Dunkin's vice president of digital marketing and innovation.
Retailers are rushing to grow their abilities to deliver groceries via online orders, as recent moves by Walmart, Kroger and others show. Such moves could accelerate the trend into a $100 billion segment by 2022, three years faster than was anticipated, according to a report from Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen.
Target is rolling out a pilot rewards program in an effort to connect with customers who opt not to carry its credit or debit cards. The company's Target Red program, which will debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth area next month, will offer discounts on future purchases and free next-day grocery delivery.
Grocers are well-positioned to take advantage of the increased popularity of traditional favorite Jewish deli foods, a trend expected to grow in 2018. One way is to serve a Reuben sandwich with Russian dressing and house-fermented sauerkraut.
French grocer Carrefour will buy meal-kit maker Quitoque in an effort to increase its e-commerce efforts. The startup will continue to be managed by its founders as part of Carrefour, the company said.
The House appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday will hear from US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget plan for the Department of Education. This blog post highlights three elements to watch for during her testimony.
Kraft Heinz is planning to invest $300 million in "commercial initiatives" to stimulate a growth cycle for the business, said CEO Bernardo Hees. "A lot of [our] competitors are leaving the store; we are getting into the store," he said.
Many chefs are taking to Instagram to promote their culinary visions and get diners excited to come in to their restaurants. "In this day and age, it's safe to say that people devour food with their eyes first, which is definitely something to take into account as you're plating a dish," said New York City chef Joseph Johnson.
Single malt has become the exalted form of Scotch whisky, but a blended Scotch can have smoky and rich flavors as well, Eric Asimov writes. A tasting finds that many blended Scotches seem similar, filling a familiar niche for fans of the drink, he writes.
Hotel chains are increasingly teaming with restaurant delivery services to boost food and beverage choices for guests. Choice Hotels International saw downloads of its app rise 20% in the day after deploying the promotional delivery email to members, and Hyatt Hotels has expanded its Hyatt Centric's Restaurant To Go program by teaming with Grubhub.
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