McDonald's could require its franchisees to invest about $100,000 per store on upgrades and new equipment including LED lighting and espresso machines, according to corporate documents. The expenses would be in addition to the company's Experience of the Future program, an ongoing modernization platform for which McDonald's has agreed to pay 55% of the costs.
Wegmans Food Markets will enter the Washington, D.C., market when the retailer opens its first store there as part of a mixed-use development that will include retail, arts, residential and other space. The store and the development are expected to open in 2021.
Sprouts Farmers Markets has been selling non-perishable private label items for about four years, and while 60% of the retailer's purchases are perishables, non-perishable private labels have grown to become a significant part of Sprouts' business, CEO Amin Maredia said. Private labels are expected to bring in $500 million in revenue this year, and about half of all shopping baskets contain at least one private label product.
Rouses Supermarkets has successfully pushed its summer produce through promotions and creative displays at its more than 40 stores. For example, the retailer has held display contests for produce managers and enlists cross-promotional strategies to encourage produce impulse buys.
The Hershey Co. is seeing success after partnering with Microsoft to develop an artificial intelligence solution to a longstanding production variability issue that impacted product weights. The confectioner's production machines are now able to auto-adjust factors such as temperature and pressure up to 240 times a day to make sure that the product that goes into the package is the correct, advertised weight.
Coca-Cola has long been associated with inclusivity as part of its brand messaging, which stems from the firm's belief that companies need to stand for something. "Andy Warhol said it well: The great thing about Coke is that everyone can afford one," said CEO James Quincey. "That is part of the Coke brand."
Chicago loves its giardiniera, the spicy blend of pickled chiles, cauliflower, celery, carrots and olives that tops many of the city's iconic foods. The condiment originated in Italy as a way to preserve vegetables and arrived in Chicago shortly before 1900 with a wave of Italian immigrants.
Chefs at San Francisco's Lord Stanley have discovered a variety of uses for pineapple after they learned how to smoke the fruit using a Big Green Egg appliance. The end product, which features concentrated sugars with smoky notes, can complement fish, meats, salads, cocktails, desserts and more.
Cornell University's on-site dairy brand will develop a flavor inspired by ice cream lover and former Vice President Joe Biden. Cornell Dairy will have the university's students vote on the flavor's name, with nominees that include "Bits n' Biden" and "Uncle Joe's Chocolate Chip."
Restaurants can arm servers with knowledge and inspire them to be enthusiastic sellers, hospitality expert Bob Brown told attendees at the BAR 17 expo at NRA's annual show in Chicago. Servers can sell more by making suggestions, walking patrons through the menu and offering a selection of premium brands.
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