Groupe Le Duff's US subsidiary, Le Duff America, aims to expand its Bruegger's Bagels and La Madeleine Country French Cafe chains by focusing more aggressively on franchising, said Olivier Poirot, the former Sodexo executive who took over as CEO last summer. The company will also revamp the menu at its Mimi's Cafe chain and open up to six company-owned Brioche Doree locations in 2017.
Germany-based discount grocer Lidl will open three stores in Cumberland County in southern New Jersey, including one store that will be adjacent to a ShopRite location. The region's supermarket lineup also includes Aldi and Save-A-Lot.
Education leaders in Orange County, Calif., invited school principals and counselors to join teachers this year for mindfulness training. Educators say the training helps them with relaxation and other skills -- so they can share what they have learned with students.
Cadbury will roll out its Oreo-flavored Creme Eggs to US stores in mid-February. The company has already seen success in the UK with its Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'n' Spoon Oreo, and in Canada with a similar version of the product.
Starting next month, Andrews Distributing will no longer distribute Red Bull throughout North and South Texas, and Red Bull North America will handle the region's distribution in-house. "This was a tough and thorough decision-making process, but the decision allows us to move forward with a 100% focus on our core beer business," said Mike McGuire, president of Andrews Distributing.
Big Red soda's "100 Days of BBQ" promotion with Weber grills at select Kroger locations last summer resulted in a 15.7% increase in sales last summer, exceeding company goals. The campaign involved in-store grilling demos, prizes, promotional displays and a Big Red-branded sponsorship of Weber Mobile Grill Academy classes.
Milk alternatives made from nuts, seeds and fruits are proving popular in coffee shops across the US. Feathertop in Charleston, S.C., stocks almond, tahini, cashew pepita and coconut cream "milks" that it uses in its lattes and other coffee beverages.
Valentine's Day is traditionally the busiest night for restaurants as couples celebrate with a romantic dinner, but things may be changing in the age of online dating and millennials who opt to skip lengthy meals. Some eateries are changing with the times, promoting Valentine's Day dinners for singles and friends and family groups, according to OpenTable.
The US food truck industry has grown to as many as 40,000 vehicles expected to book about $2.7 billion in sales this year, according to FoodTruckHQ and Jeremy Adams, co-owner of Prestige Food Trucks. The segment shows the fastest growth in the restaurant industry and has grown along with social media and mobile technology, providing opportunities for both culinary entrepreneurs and major restaurant chains.
Zion Market will open a Korean-American grocery with special amenities in Irvine, Calif., which will be a new prototype for the regional chain. The store, called Zion Mart, will feature prepackaged Asian meals, a cold-pressed juice and espresso bar and kombucha on tap.
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