Safeway has sealed a deal to buy California-based G&G Supermarkets, a two-store family-owned chain, for an undisclosed amount, the companies said. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year, and Safeway will retain all 250 staffers at the G&G stores in Santa Rosa and Petaluma.
News that a Calif. Taco Bell operator is creating a restaurant out of shipping containers piqued readers' interest this past week, as did a story about how Shake Shack keeps its focus on the communities it serves. Readers were also drawn to news about Mars' new candy products and Girl Scout cookie cereals that will soon hit shelves.
Restaurant guests are craving more meatless options, sparking the growth of plant-based proteins, said speakers at the 2016 MUFSO conference. Cultural foods are skyrocketing in popularity as well, and Middle Eastern, Filipino and Cuban dishes are expected to be in high demand.
There were 427,910 children in foster care in 2015 -- up from 414,429 the year before -- according to an annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services. "The national number of children in foster care is still far below where it was 10 years ago, but any increase is cause for concern," said Mark Greenberg, acting assistant secretary for children and families for HHS.
Early careers in the restaurant industry provide valuable job experience and promote qualities like flexibility, teamwork and dependability, said 94% of former and current restaurant employees included in a National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation report. "Restaurants are the classroom for any career," writes NRA CEO Dawn Sweeney.
Public schools often double as polling places during elections, and while some schools always close on election day, more are choosing to do so this year because of safety concerns and expected higher voter turnout. Some schools that are not closing have moved polling to other buildings to help address potential challenges.
Denver-based Smashburger lives up to its name by the way its staff members hand-smash every hamburger served in 380 restaurants across 38 states and nine countries. Creating a diverse team of both experienced and youthful employees and improving upon a popular product are among the tips that Chief Brand Officer Tom Ryan points to as being essential to the chain's growth.
Vegan fast casual chain Veggie Grill has raised an additional $22 million from investors for expansion outside of the West Coast, potentially allowing it to double its stores by 2019. Veggie Grill hopes to branch out to airports and university food courts and will soon become the first restaurant chain to sell Beyond Meat's Beyond Burger.
Almost 60% of consumers bought a specialty food or beverage in the past six months, compared to 47% a year ago, with men and millennials driving the growth, according to a Mintel survey. More than three-quarters of millennials buy specialty foods and spread their spending across a wide group of retailers.
Pralines originated in France, but the pecan praline is a product of the ingenuity and craft of New Orleans' African-American women. The pecan praline's legacy as part of the fabric of New Orleans culture is undeniable.
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