The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest $1.7 billion in partnering with networks of schools. The initiative, announced Thursday, will invest in schools that are developing and testing new approaches to teaching and learning.
Mall-based pretzel chain Auntie Anne's is expanding its focus on catering and food trucks to boost sales as mall traffic declines. The chain, which has upwards of 1,200 US units and around 500 international locations, is also experimenting with delivery in some markets and may eventually offer it nationally, said President Heather Neary.
Dole has revealed new packaging for its salad offerings, featuring a color-coded system to aid consumers in product selection. The designs, which are slated to hit stores next month, will help shoppers quickly differentiate among the brand's salad categories.
The Pepsi Bottling Group is set to begin a $6.5 million project later this year to expand its warehouse in DeWitt, N.Y. The undertaking will bring an additional 26,000 square feet to the facility and is expected to be finished in late 2018.
Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres Maczassek has been searching for higher land and hearty older vines in a bid to make the wine business more resistant to climate change. Many of the tough old vines that proved themselves resistant to phylloxera also seem to be drought-resistant, he finds.
Giffard Banane du Bresil adds the pure fruit flavor of banana to cocktails and is winning more fans among bartenders. Julie Reiner, proprietor of Brooklyn's Clover Club, uses it with chunks of banana and light and dark rums in her own riff on the frozen daiquiri.
Target will make over 1,000 of its 1,800 stores in the next three years, up from the 600 announced earlier this year, after seeing positive results from its first remodels, CEO Brian Cornell said Thursday. As it focuses on competing with Amazon and Walmart, Target will also open more small-format stores and bolster its private-label offerings.
Acquiring both Associated Grocers of Florida and Unified Grocers has put SUPERVALU in a strong position in the food retail industry, according to supermarket expert Burt Flickinger III. The acquisitions bolster SUPERVALU's position among Hispanic and Asian-American consumers and give the retailer the ability to lower store prices on private-label and CPG items, making it more competitive, he said.
Neiman Marcus has teamed with Indie Beauty Expo to launch 15 new beauty brands at the upscale retailer's department stores. It's the latest example of department stores looking to boost store traffic and beauty sales through partnerships with independent brands.
Sephora Collection teamed with Clique Media Group to launch a beauty truck that rolled out to college campuses this week with makeup samples and beauty tips. Students get advice on how to make up appropriately for different situations from internship interviews to nights out.
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