McDonald's will grow its test of the McPlant burger to 600 more units in the San Francisco and Dallas-Fort Worth markets for a limited time starting on Feb. 14. The chain first introduced the plant-based burgers, created in partnership with Beyond Meat, in an eight-unit pilot last year.
Experts recommend three key strategies for schools amid global supply chain challenges that have hit school foodservices particularly hard. Dianna Casper, director of purchasing in Texas' Denton Independent School District, recommends being aware of what is happening further up the supply chain, while Ayman Omar, an American University associate professor of supply chain management, suggests creating a risk management plan, and the Association of School Business Officials International recommends keeping in close contact with vendors.
New Zealand's natural wine market is slowly developing, export regulations are evolving and there's no real solid definition of "natural wine" to begin with, but several producers are already making a name for themselves, writes Christina Pickard. One of them, winemaker Lance Redgwell's Cambridge Road Vineyard in Martinborough, produces "fun, fizzy and textural" wines as well as "seriously structured bottlings like the winery's pinot noir," writes Pickard, who highlights several other producers.
Christina Tosi opened Milk Bar in New York City in 2008, and today the bakery has grown to 12 locations in the US and Canada. Tosi, who reflects on her journey in the forthcoming memoir "Dessert Can Save the World," said part of the key to working with teams of employees in various locations is "connecting with them as people that are really important members of your life."
Franchising will play a bigger role in Noodles & Company's future, starting with a deal that makes multiconcept operator Warner Foods the exclusive franchisee for California. Warner will open 40 new units in the next 12 years and take over operations of the 15 company-owned restaurants in the state, and the company expects to sign more franchisees to grow in other markets, CEO Dave Boennighausen said during a recent conference.
Foodservice distributor Harbor Wholesale has acquired the assets of Skippers Seafood & Chowder from Starway Restaurants for an undisclosed amount. The 53-year-old Pacific Northwest-based quickserve chain downsized from 60 standalone units at its peak to five now, while growing to 128 in-store units at grocery and convenience stores and launching a line of branded packaged foods.
Cousins Subs has grown over the past two years thanks to a confluence of factors, including growing demand for sandwiches, the ability to quickly shift to curbside pickup and employee incentives that help maintain a loyal workforce at the 94-unit chain, President Jason Westhoff says. In a video interview, Westhoff shares insights gleaned during the pandemic and plans for future growth.
When classes in the St. Joseph School District in Missouri were canceled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, school nutrition professionals stepped in to ensure students had continued access to food. The district provided 1,300 meals -- breakfast and lunch -- for the two-day closure.
School nutrition professionals for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in Minnesota report they are preparing for a milk shortage already being felt in some areas due to a scarcity of cartons. The district is taking precautions by limiting milk to one meal, or not offering it, at secondary schools and will take similar steps in elementary schools if needed.
Wine marketing should focus on social values, such as sustainability, staff diversity and health, to attract younger consumers, according to Silicon Valley Bank's 2022 State of the Wine Industry Report. Only 20% of people ages 25 to 40 consume wine, preferring spirits, spiked seltzer and beer, while those older than 65 are most likely to choose wine, the report notes.
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