Chef and Momofuku founder David Chang has been named to the NBC Sports team covering the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Chang will tell stories and share insights into Korean food and the country's traditions and culture.
Smart & Final Stores reported strong results for the third quarter, including an increase in same-store sales. The company said it's been increasing promotional spending to compete with traditional grocers and touted its success in the e-commerce realm, including the launch of a direct-order site, delivery services and a test of a click-and-collect service at about 12 Smart & Final and Cash & Carry stores.
At least 40 new eateries opened in Seattle in less than two months this summer, highlighting the fast-changing nature of the city's restaurant scene. The number of dining places grew 25% to 2,696 in the past decade, according to the Department of Revenue, and the one-year survival rate for eateries in Seattle is around 87%, despite some recent high-profile closures.
J.M. Smucker Co. has watched its e-commerce sales of coffee and Jif peanut butter rise by more than 150% and 75%, respectively, during the company's most recent quarter. "These represent some of the fastest-growing categories in e-commerce as they are well suited for a subscription model," said CEO Mark Smucker.
Hostess Brands has joined forces with Nestle to produce brownies that are dipped in fudge and topped with bits of Butterfinger candy. "As we continue our chocolate-peanut butter innovation streak, the brownie segment brings even more opportunities to get creative with our expanding portfolio," said Burke Raine, chief marketing officer for Hostess.
Coca-Cola will test a new stevia-sweetened cola in a small international market during early 2018. The latest formulation is said to improve on earlier attempts to substitute stevia for sugar; the company has tweaked the recipe to eliminate the aftertaste that consumers previously disliked.
Master sommelier Piotr Pietras believes a truffle-based meal goes best with earthy-toned wines that have a fair amount of bottle age. He recommends vintages that can meet the powerful flavor of truffles, like aged Bordeaux, and warns against selecting delicate white wines.
Baker Chad Robertson of Tartine Manufactory creates flaky, buttery croissants with a caramelized crust with the help of a preliminary fermentation called a poolish. The technique makes a dough that is easier to roll, and the bakery uses the fermented dough to make other pastries, such as sweet orange and cinnamon-scented buns or savory egg breakfast buns.
Pret a Manger owner Bridgepoint has signed a deal to become Burger King's master franchisee in the UK, and has also acquired a British franchisee that operates 74 Burger King units. Burger King has about 500 units in the UK.
New York City based nonprofit City Harvest has launched a multichannel marketing campaign with a positive tone, highlighting the 35-year-old group's accomplishments and the solutions it has found for feeding the city's hungry. City Harvest collects surplus food from restaurants, retailers and other sources and distributes it to about 500 food pantries, soup kitchens and other food programs.
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