Chipotle Mexican Grill is adding bunuelos to the menu, in a test that marks the chain's first foray into dessert, the company said Tuesday. The dish is made with fried tortilla strips sweetened with honey, sugar and cinnamon and served with apple caramel butter for dipping.
New York City hot dog chain Papaya King, an 85-year-old concept that once won kudos from Julia Child, has teamed with Fransmart to launch a franchising program with the goal of growing to 500 units nationwide. The concept can operate in small spaces, making it ideal for food courts, airports and other non-traditional venues, said Fransmart CEO Dan Rowe.
Adopting a fast-casual business model, expanding hours of operation, offering delivery and combining two concepts in a single space are some of the ways eateries can strike the right balance between innovation and profitability, say restaurateurs who are making it work.
Americans' falling beef consumption has created challenges for traditional steak houses across the country, but Charlie Palmer's four locations have found success by taking a modern approach. Half of Palmer's menu is made up of lighter fare such as poultry and seafood, and when it comes to steaks he emphasizes quality over quantity.
Fast-casual eatery Just Be Kitchen opened in Denver this week with a menu catering to consumers who are eating low-carb, paleo and gluten-free diets. "They may be seen as buzzwords, but more and more people are being diagnosed with food intolerances," said Jennifer Peters, co-founder of the concept, which aims to grow to 20 units by 2027.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open its second store in Iowa in Davenport this week, as the Midwestern chain expands to 59 stores in 10 states. The new store will feature locally-sourced meat and produce and will focus on offering shoppers healthy, natural and organic products, the company said.
As advertising options proliferate from traditional to social and beyond, more CPG brands are seeking reliable strategies to ensure that their products will find space in consumers' shopping carts. Tetley Tea, for instance, is working closely with influencers, while Fage Yogurt is leaning more heavily into digital, social and television.
School board members in a South Carolina district have approved a federal program that will provide universal, free meals for students at two schools. Principal Dayne Coker says the program is intended to help curb hunger and help students concentrate in class.
Lower food-purchasing costs could be on the horizon for a South Dakota school district. Steve Culhane, the district's business manager, says he expects the district to save about $25,000 though a food-buying partnership with three other districts.
Newly-formed company DanoneWave is now the largest public benefit corporation in the US. "It's a clear statement to the world -- and the people in our company -- about what we're up to and trying to do, which is to bring healthy food to as many people as possible," said CEO Lorna Davis.