Hampton Creek Foods, the maker of Just Mayo and other plant-based products, is developing a version of lab-grown meat that will grow from animal cells in a plant-based medium, the company said. The San Francisco-based company aims to get its new product in stores next year, ahead of other lab-grown meat startups including Memphis Meats and Mosa Meat.
David Friedman launched fast-casual Epic Burger in 2008 and grew the all-natural burger concept to eight Chicago-area units during the height of the recession. Now he says he's focused on perfecting the concept and waiting out the surge of competition that grew up during the recovery with an influx of private-equity funding.
Hackers are finding quickservice chains fertile ground for stealing customer data, and many chains aren't doing enough to protect themselves, said Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder of security firm RedLock. Companies and their franchisees should cooperate to boost security plans, which should include both tech tools and basic employee training, he said.
Natural Markets Food Group has appointed Peter Waldmann as its new CEO, taking over for Pat Brown, who stepped down last year. The company's Mrs. Green's banner is currently going through a rebranding process following the closure of more than half of its stores.
Physical stores must evolve to stay relevant with today's shoppers, but they won't go away completely, a panel of experts said at the Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show. "What we found through the years as a brick and mortar and as a specialty retailer is that customers are going after transparency," Whole Foods Market Global Cheese Buyer Cathy Strange said, adding that trust is a main factor for physical store locations.
Snack firm Wise is using partnerships with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets to build brand awareness and expand its audience in new regions. Wise created new products for the teams, such as ball-shaped Fastball Cheez Doodles and Stadium Nacho-flavored Bravos, which allowed the brand to get into the hands of baseball fans who may not be familiar with Wise.
Gatorade is calling on fans to channel failure into success with its "Make Defeat Your Fuel" campaign. The spot features athletes such as Michael Jordan and Serena Williams discussing how their biggest upsets spurred them on to greatness.
Minnesota has released a Summer Eats mobile app that helps students search for one of the state's 700 free summer-meal sites closest to them. Bertrand Weber, culinary and wellness services director for Minneapolis Public Schools, suggests the app can help curb hunger by making summer meals more accessible to students who need them.
Students in a Washington state school district have access to summer meals through a partnership between the district and local community groups. The meals are free and available to anyone 18 years old and younger.
Low-income preschoolers who participated in the two-year Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration initiative got more exercise, had less screen time and saw improvements in weight compared with those who weren't in the program, researchers reported in the journal Obesity. Another study in the same journal found that obesity rates among seventh-graders in MA-CORD declined by more than 2% from baseline, compared with controls, but remained similar between first- and fourth-graders in the intervention and control groups.