Luby's has unveiled a new Fuddruckers format in the Houston market that it's calling the future of the brand. The 147-seat eatery includes three self-ordering stations and an open kitchen facing a bar with counter seating.
Semi-prepared foods represent one of the top trends dominating the food and beverage industry, A. Elizabeth Sloan writes, with more than half of shoppers using partially prepared products when fixing dinner, nearly half purchasing take-and-bake meat items weekly and a third of shoppers showing interest in fresh food kits, according to FMI research. Other major trends include foods that cater to solo eating occasions, kid-focused foods and beverages, American regional foods and nutritional and supplemental drinks and snacks.
Wal-Mart is asking suppliers including Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills and Unilever to cut a gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions from the retailer's supply chain over the next 13 years. The reduction would be the equivalent of taking 211 million vehicles off the road for a year, the company said.
Meijer is training employees who will staff its first two stores in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when they open next month. The stores are part of a bigger expansion this year that includes seven new stores in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.
AmazonFresh shoppers can now purchase meal kits from Martha Stewart's Martha & Marley Spoon brand in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Southern California. The service, which looks to capitalize on the $1.5 billion meal kit market, is different from rivals such as Blue Apron in that shoppers can purchase one meal at a time, rather than committing to buying a specific number or placing their orders in advance.
Target and Wegmans Food Markets were recognized for their innovation in sustainability at an industry event this week. Target was recognized for its efforts including installing 147.5 megawatts of solar power, diverting 1.3 billion pounds of retail waste from landfills, donating 61 million pounds of food and utilizing 40 megawatts of renewable wind power, while Wegmans' sustainability efforts included donating 14.5 million pounds of food, cutting waste by 80% in a test program and recycling 4 million pounds of plastic bags, 32.6 million pounds of food waste and 123 million pounds of cardboard and paper.
Pepperidge Farm is rolling out its three-variety Farmhouse Thin & Crispy cookie line, which follows the clean-label guidelines set by parent company Campbell Soup in its Real Food Philosophy. Each flavor includes 12 or fewer ingredients, including cage-free eggs, butter and vanilla extract.
Fire Cider has signed a distribution agreement with GNC that will see the apple cider vinegar-based tonic on shelves at the nutrition chain's 4,500 locations by next month. To handle the new business, the Mass.-based company has also purchased a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that it expects to be completely operational by fall.
Du's Donuts and Coffee is the latest offering from Wylie Dufresne - a chef known for his creative riffs on classic recipes. The shop, opening next week in New York's William Vale Hotel, will offer 10 different cake doughnuts including malted coffee and strawberries and cream made with freeze-dried strawberries.
A group of 31 US McDonald's franchisees expect to see a first-quarter same-store sales increase of 0.8%, despite a comparison to strong growth in the same period last year, according to a survey from Nomura-Instinet. Restaurants in the West are expected to see the biggest increase.
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