UK-based Pret A Manger, which operates about 500 global locations, has agreed to acquire smaller sandwich chain EAT for an undisclosed amount. After the deal closes, Pret plans to turn up to 90 EAT locations into Veggie Pret shops in an effort to grow the plant-based concept it launched in 2016.
Students, teachers and staff at Lincoln Middle School in Rockford, Ill., are cutting down on the school's food waste as part of a University of Illinois research project. The students separate what's left after they eat lunch, putting organic waste aside to compost in the school garden and leaving behind uneaten food on a share cart.
Jia Choi shows us Seoul's Gwangjang market, which is one of the oldest markets in the city. Here shoppers buy groceries and enjoy street foods from the more than 5,000 stalls. Steven Hyung of O'Ongo Food Tours shows Steve Jilleba the best dumpling stall, where they sample kimchi mandu from Mrs. Cho.
Our tour of Brazil begins at the Ceasa Market in Salvador’s Rio Vermelho district where Veve Braganca provides a crash course in the Nordeste pantry -- from manteiga de garrafa, a type of clarified butter used to season manioc purees, to specialty manioc flours called farinhas and the toasted manioc flour known as farofas. The market also has ingredients for hard to find dishes like manicoba made from boiled manioc leaves that have released their toxins, cooked with calabresa sausage, charque, cured salpresa pork, bacon and smoked chorizo.
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Joseph Carr went from selling wine out of his trunk a decade ago to seeing his Josh Cellars label experience the most dollar sales growth among all table wine brands last year, Nielsen reports. The winery's success can largely be attributed to the brand's charitable endeavors and its gift for connecting with consumers through storytelling, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen write.
Williston Holding Co., an entity controlled by former Kona Grill CEO Marcus Jundt has made a bid to buy the casual dining chain, with a loan of about $2 million from fellow former chief Berke Bakay, according to federal filings. Kona Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month and an auction has been set for July 26.
Starbucks has signed a deal with Coffee Concepts Thailand to license all of its operations in Thailand, where it operates 372 units. The Seattle-based coffee company has licensing agreements in place in other markets, including France and Hong Kong, as part of a strategy to free up resources to focus on the US and China.
Several Chicago-area restaurants, nonprofits and trade groups have formed an effort to help former inmates and disengaged youths train for jobs in the restaurant industry. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will support the initiative through its Restaurant Ready program, which will make its Chicago debut at a local business incubator called The Hatchery.
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