Target has updated the packaging for its private-label Market Pantry brand, starting with the line's dairy products and rolling out to the rest of Market Pantry's more than 1,900 products spanning 100 categories throughout the rest of the year. The new packaging, which was created by a team of merchants, marketers, designers and engineers, features a bolder design and better images of the products based on feedback from shoppers, who said the images of foods that appear on packages influence their buying decisions.
Supermarkets are focusing on quality over quantity in their prepared foods departments, decreasing their number of offerings but adding specialized staff members and amenities for diners, according to a report from FMI and Technomic. Almost 90% of supermarkets have a corporate executive chef on staff, 60% have chefs working in stores, 96% have in-store seating options and 72% offer shoppers a beer or wine bar, the report revealed.
Some of America's best-known seafood, including Maine lobster and New England clams, might struggle to survive in the face of rising global temperatures and increasing ocean acidification, research suggests. Scallops, salmon and sturgeon were also found to be extremely vulnerable to the shifting climate.
A West Virginia school district's efforts to make meals healthier includes new menu items such as fruit smoothies, whole wheat bagels and salads. The addition of smoothies was made possible through a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant.
High-heat roasting and searing are popular methods for cooking vegetables, but roasting longer on a lower temperature yields intensely flavorful results with less chance of burning. The method works well with a wide range of vegetables, from cauliflower to beets.
Meijer, Lucky's Market and 365 by Whole Foods are all vying for space in the Twin Cities market, a story that caught the attention of SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week. PepsiCo's restaurant plans also ranked among the most-read stories in this week's top 10 list, as did Papa John's newest marketing efforts focus on ingredient quality rather than ultra-low prices.
Wendy's new "Deliciously different" tagline replaces "Now that's better" in new spots that also bring back the question "Where's the beef?" The campaign focuses on Wendy's practice of sourcing beef from close enough to home that the meat is never frozen. The spots don't feature Red, the spokeswoman who has starred in Wendy's ads since 2012, and it's not clear whether she'll return at some point, the company said.
Subway has shifted back to a price-focused marketing strategy with the launch of this week's "Submageddon" campaign to promote $6 footlongs. The shift comes after the company announced plans in December to move away from price promotions and focus on the food.
Wal-Mart's closure of 150 underperforming US stores came after the retailer's recent wage increases drove up labor costs and made it less feasible to keep the slower stores open, writes CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder. Paying higher wages can push stores and restaurants from marginal to unprofitable, leading companies to close those locations and cut jobs. "That's one of the reasons that substantially increasing the minimum wage poses real risks for working-class Americans," he writes.
Supervalu has repriced, amended and extended its $1 billion revolving credit facility, which will allow the retailer to spin off its Save-A-Lot unit, the company said. Supervalu has not released details on the timing of the spin-off, but the retailer did file for an initial public offering early last month.
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