Wendy's has created its own soda line, and its first release, called Dave's Cherry Cream Soda, has proven popular with consumers. The company's test kitchen is also sampling new products such as a Green Chile Queso burger, a Bacon Maple Chicken sandwich on a croissant and a Fresh Mozzarella salad, among other test items.
Kroger has added between 25 and 40 new jobs at stores that offer its click-and-collect ClickList service, starting with a full-time manager, lead selector and lead attendant to get the service up and running, said Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager of Kroger's Delta Division. The retailer has the potential to add additional jobs at its stores with the eventual launch of a home-delivery service, Evans said.
Multicultural shoppers represent a $2.2 billion food retail market, as they spend 4% more per year on fresh foods and visit stores with fresh selections 3% more than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, according to a report from Nielsen. The report found that fresh foods have a significant part in the cultures of multicultural families, and that more consumers are seeking out multicultural flavors.
Former first lady Michelle Obama's local food legacy will live on in the White House Kitchen Garden and the groups she has influenced on efforts to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy eating. Since launching the garden in 2009, food retailers have increased their focus on local produce, and more than 42,000 restaurants have signed onto NRA's Kids LiveWell program.
The rollout of two new Big Mac sizes and new Shamrock Shake flavors illustrate McDonald's new strategy to tweak familiar items instead of launching brand new products. The trend offers a chance to boost sales and bring in new customers without major investments in developing brand-new dishes and training employees to make them.
Jack Link's has launched a new ad campaign that recasts its products as all-day protein sources that go beyond jerky snacks. "We've changed our brand vision and our company vision from being the dominant leader in jerky to really being the dominant leader in protein snacking," said CMO Tom Dixon.
Nestle's Poland Spring is looking at prospective sites in Maine where the company can build a $50 million bottling facility that would increase its bottling capacity by 45%.
Thick-cut pork chops are readily available, but typically end up tough and dry without extensive brining or curing. Thin cuts, however, can be cooked quickly on the stovetop and produce a juicy, flavorful dish.
Sonoma County offers a variety of promising vintages, and pinot noir from the region is particularly flavorful. The 2014 Ama Estate from Peay Vineyards embodies the area's character, with a refreshing essence and a touch of zest.
Bloomin' Brands aims to offer delivery at 115 of its Carrabba's Italian Grill and Outback Steakhouse locations by the end of its first quarter as part of the company's initiative to grow its off-premise dining sales. "This is a very separate eating occasion you're tapping into," said CEO Liz Smith.
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