Fast casual barbecue concept Pork & Mindy's aims to expand from four units to 30 through franchising in the next few years, and founders Kevin Corsello and Jeff Mauro are also building the brand through pop-ups and a retail line of branded sauces and meat products. "One of our top priorities is finding and retaining the best employees across all levels, from the kitchen to the executive team," Corsello said.
Several recent restaurant closings in Denver don't signal a slowdown in the market, since the spaces aren't remaining empty for long, according to industry experts in the Mile High City. "While we've seen a few of those spaces stay empty, most of them get snapped up almost immediately and redone into a new restaurant," said restaurant consultant John Imbergamo.
School nutrition professionals at a Virginia school recently helped a group of seventh-grade students prepare lunch in the cafeteria for their classmates. The students prepared the meal after winning a competition, which school officials say they plan to hold several times each year.
A study in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience that analyzed how foods affect mood found adults ages 18 to 29 did better when they ate meat, while people over age 30 needed more foods that provided antioxidants, such as fruit. Coffee and high-glycemic-index foods had a negative effect on mood for people in their 30s and older, the study showed.
Unilever this week debuted Love Beauty and Planet, a natural personal care line that includes body washes, shampoos and conditioners. The products use ethically sourced botanicals and come packaged in bottles made from recycled plastics in an effort to appeal to younger consumers who value sustainable living.
Burnt caramel, blood orange and elderflower are among the flavors that Synergy Flavors predicts will be big in 2018. "In the past, we've seen these flavors used as toppings for desserts or as part of a combination of ingredients in liqueurs, but we believe 2018 will be the year that these flavors will be seen widely on restaurant menus, on grocery store shelves and at cocktail bars as stand-alone flavors," said Synergy's Greg Kaminski.
Sunshine Beverages, which produces craft energy drinks in such flavors as blueberry lemonade and ginger berry, plans to increase its footprint to at least 1,500 groceries and 800 convenience stores throughout the southeast by early 2018. The company recently accepted funding from Teall Investments, which acquired a majority stake in the firm earlier this year.
Dannon's DanoneWave Public Benefit Corp. has opened applications for its Sixth Annual Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant. The company will award two $25,000 grants to graduate students who aim to research gut microbiomes, probiotics or yogurt.
Fast-casual Asian eatery Wow Bao, in partnership with Eatsa, is launching an automated meal experience in Chicago. Guests can order from an app or kiosk and then pick up their food from a numbered window, without having to interact with a human.