McDonald's has begun putting properties on its Oak Brook, Ill., campus up for sale as it prepares to move to its new location in downtown Chicago this spring, said spokeswoman Terri Hickey. The company sold one office property last fall and there are three remaining parcels that total about 100 acres.
Amazon joined Trader Joe's and Costco atop a survey of consumer grocery preferences released this week by Dunnhumby, with H.E. Butt Grocery, Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi, Sam's Club, Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top 10. The Dunnhumby list combined financial performance with data from consumers' shopping habits.
Publix pharmacies are now offering some generic prescriptions at a price of $7.50 for a 90-day supply, covering 29 different medications. "We believe this low price will help encourage customers to follow their doctor's orders, so they can experience better health outcomes," said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at Publix.
Dr Pepper's 26-year association with college football has been strengthened by the fact that sports are still viewed live, which boosts viewership, said Chief Commercial Officer Jim Trebilcock. The company aims to take its sponsorship beyond the field as it brings "football tailgating experiences to life at retail," Trebilcock said.
Kroger announced that it will soon introduce its Kroger Edge technology, which will replace paper price tags with digital displays that include nutritional information and pricing. The new displays are set to launch in 200 stores by the end of the year, and will also include coupons and video ads.
Ben & Jerry's is launching Peanut Butter Half Baked and Cinnamon Buns flavors under its vegan lineup. The company is also debuting Pint Slices stickless ice cream bars, as well as Truffles pints in three flavors.
Some 7-Eleven stores will start selling organic cold-pressed juice, part of a larger trend by convenience stores to introduce fresh, healthful foods and beverages. Almost 50% of US convenience stores added fruits and vegetables last year, according to a survey.
Some of Italy's most exciting wines are coming from areas where old vines have taken root in volcanic soil, Kerin O'Keefe writes. Areas such as Campania, Umbria and Piedmont are producing good wines with the minerality typical of such soils, she writes.
For the first time, Krispy Kreme is leaving its next glazed doughnut flavor in the hands of its fans. People will be able to vote for blueberry, caramel, maple or lemon from Jan. 16 through Jan. 22.
Sweet potato dumplings provide a welcome balance to savory beef stew, while basil dumplings complement tomato stew, writes Sheri Castle. Stews should be brought to a boil just before adding scoops of dumpling dough to help them hold together and rise rather than spread.
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