German discount grocer Lidl will begin the hiring process for 800 workers in Virginia this week, as the retailer prepares to open its first stores in the US this summer. Lidl will hire 4,000 East Coast workers within a year of its US launch, which will start with 20 stores in Virginia and North and South Carolina.
Whole Foods Market is using analytics firm Dunnhumby's expertise to improve its store-level category management and roll out a new loyalty program, two efforts that must work together for the retailer, Whole Foods Chief Information Officer Jason Buechel said. Whole Foods is in the midst of replacing an old loyalty program with a new one that is more straightforward and offers digital coupons.
Cheesecake Factory now offers delivery with DoorDash at about half its 194 US restaurants and it expects to expand the program to more locations this year. Delivery orders come with a higher average check and lower overhead than in-store dining, and the growing service contributed to a rise in to-go revenue in 2016, said CEO David Overton.
Coca-Cola must boost its market share in noncarbonated segments like sports drinks, energy drinks, bottled water, dairy and ready-to-drink tea and coffee, said incoming CEO James Quincey. "The company needs to be bigger than the core brand," said Quincey, who also stressed the need to update products and packaging frequently and to cut sugar in compliance with World Health Organization guidelines.
The Hershey Co. has appointed Unilever vet Todd Tillemans as its new US president, while Steven Schiller has been named president of the company's international unit. The new appointments come along with other executive changes in advance of Michele Buck's March 1 ascension to the CEO role.
Commercial brown sugar is made from refined sugar and molasses -- a recipe that can easily be replicated on-the-fly, CIA-trained pastry chef Stella Parks writes. To achieve the equivalent of store-bought light brown sugar, 10% of the total weight of the two ingredients should be molasses, she writes.
Rising temperatures caused by climate change are making the French region of Alsace a more suitable environment for growing pinot noir grapes, Michael Austin writes. The varietal is the only red grape grown in the region, and the quality of Alsatian pinot noir has been on the rise thanks in part to warmer weather, he writes.
Taco Bell will end the limited run of its Naked Chicken Chalupa next month, the company said. The menu item, which debuted in January, is served on a flattened piece of fried chicken instead of a taco shell.
US restaurant chains UFood Grill and Wow Bao are experimenting with self-serve kiosks equipped with facial recognition technology. Users have the option of saving information about their orders using a photo, and the machines recognize the patrons' faces on their next visits and ask if they want the same order.
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