Delhaize-owned Food Lion will enter the grocery delivery game through a partnership with Instacart, which will deliver groceries from the retailer in the Charlotte, N.C., market. The move marks Instacart's entry into North Carolina, bringing the grocery delivery service's presence to 22 US metropolitan areas.
Whole Foods is getting ready to announce a broad marketing strategy in an effort to increase awareness of the retailer's price investments. The strategy, which will be announced in detail later this year, will include a national rollout of the retailer's personalized rewards program, which will expand to include Philadelphia and Dallas this summer before expanding across the country.
McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's sold 2.5 billion lunch and dinner combo meals in the 12 months through March, a 1% increase from the previous 12-month period, according to NPD Group. All three chains have revamped their meal deal offerings in recent months, moving away from the familiar sandwich, fries and a drink to include more menu items.
High-school students in an Illinois district are teaching fifth-grade students how to turn unused produce from the school cafeteria into compost, which then will be used in an on-campus garden. Students hope to install compost containers in all district schools.
Rick Bayless has expanded his empire of Mexican eateries with his latest restaurant, Lena Brava, which features seafood-focused Baja cuisine cooked over a wood fire. "It's the most elemental form of cooking and something that people from all over the world will react to in a really positive way," Bayless said. "I think we're migrating slowly back to the satisfaction of stuff cooked over wood because it's in our DNA and we love it."
Stories on a plan to revamp Chicago restaurant Alinea, final menu labeling rules and the possibility of new menu items at Chipotle made the top five list of most-read stories this week. Coca-Cola's campaign and new packaging for its Dasani sparkling water took the top spot.
Los Angeles fast-casual restaurant Picnic LA uses the phrase "farm-to-table" sparingly, opting instead to describe its fare as seasonal and sourced from local small farms, co-founder Noah Ellis said. The ingredients come at a higher cost, and the restaurant and others with the same mission struggle to make consumers understand why their food is worth a higher price, he said.
A growing number of classically trained chefs who have made their names in fine dining are creating new concepts in the fast-growing fast-casual segment. "It's the soul of what we love to do -- as much as we want to do fine-dining food that is great and creative -- there's a part of [a chef] that still wants to just do something that is simple," said Per Se Executive Sous Chef Mathew Peters.
Taco Bell sponsored Snapchat's face lens for Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, letting users turn their heads into giant tacos. Starbucks and clothing retailer Hollister have used the channel in the past to reach users of the app, which gets up to 10 billion daily video views.
Illinois-based Schuette's Market is rebranding and resetting its stores to make room for more organic, gluten-free and other health-focused products and to make the layouts more customer-friendly through efforts including incorporating more open areas and making shelves lower, owner Mike Schuette said. "It's a complicated process which involved moving most of our existing shelving around. We're a small family business and it takes a bit longer than the big corporations to do these types of reset," he said.
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