Buffalo Wild Wings outlined a plan Wednesday to cut up to $50 million in costs over the next two years and shore up the bottom line after reporting a drop in quarterly profits. Some of the savings will come from more efficient scheduling and minimizing food waste, and the chain has also expanded the number of restaurants it will sell to franchisees from 60 to 80.
Albertsons has named Jewel-Osco President Mike Withers to serve as executive vice president of retail operations in charge of the retailer's East region. The move will bring Withers to Albertsons' headquarters in Boise, Idaho, where started his career as an Albertsons clerk in 1976.
Dollar Tree will build a new distribution center in Warrensburg, Mo., that will support the retailer's existing stores in the Midwest, as well as new store growth in the region. The 1.2-million-square-foot $110 million facility is slated to open in May of next year.
Food retailers are turning to produce and other fresh departments to ramp up competition with delivery services and other foodservice operators, offering produce butchering and other services that make meal prep easier. Midwestern supermarket chain Hy-Vee now offers dedicated space for groups of shoppers to prepare recipes ahead of time, and New York-based Price Chopper/Market 32 lets customers choose from several pre-planned sauce, meat and vegetable combinations to create meals.
Students at the Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore recently opened a "pop up" restaurant called Noisy Burger. Students, who designed the menu, logo and recipes, say the restaurant -- open through May 2 -- offered an opportunity to learn more about careers in the restaurant business.
Hostess Brands has debuted Chocolate Cake Twinkies, the company's first Twinkies product that does not feature a golden sponge cake. Hostess has also updated its Chocodile, which is an original Twinkies cake covered in fudge, to feature more cream filling, a larger size and a more robust fudge coating.
The Hershey Company has introduced a limited-edition line of six new candy products, which highlight the most iconic "Flavors of America." For instance, Hershey's Kisses Coconut Almond Flavored Candies offer the essence of Hawaii, while Texas' outdoor grilling traditions inspired the new PayDay BBQ Flavored Bars.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group will increase advertising for its Bai beverage line this year and next, with TV spots, digital, public relations, social, sampling and other campaigns, said CEO Larry Young. "We're investing significantly behind Bai this year as we looked to build trial and awareness of the brand," Young said.
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