Many of New York City's restaurants welcomed back dine-in patrons yesterday for the first time since March, at 25% capacity and with safety precautions in place. Eateries across the city including the iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar, Southern Italian concept Il Gattopardo and Michelin-starred o.d.o. by Odo hosted customers eager to feel a sense of normalcy.
Schnuck Markets will soon expand its robot workforce to additional stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, using the autonomous shelf-scanning machines to help with inventory control in more than half of its locations. Since the Tally robots were deployed in 2017, they have helped detect stockouts up to 14 times better than the standard manual method while also helping reduce out-of-stock items by 20%, Schnucks said.
As National Seafood Month begins, Albertsons is showcasing its ongoing partnership with FishWise to improve traceability and sustainability in its Responsible Seafood Program. Albertsons has focused this year on wild-caught shrimp from a family business in New Orleans, using digital and other supply chain documentation to trace the shrimp's journey from the sea to the store.
More than 600 groups joined the FMI Foundation's celebration of National Family Meals Month in September, actively showcasing the benefits of families eating meals together, a message with particular resonance in 2020. Grocers nationwide, including Food City, Hannaford and Family Fare, collaborated in "shining a light on the emotional and physical benefits we continue to get from family meals -- especially in life's difficult moments," said David Fikes, executive director of the FMI Foundation.
School nutrition professionals and educators in Colorado say they are concerned the coronavirus pandemic will potentially undo a decade of work to improve student nutrition and physical health. Gosia Holthaus, manager of meal operations for Denver Public Schools, said the goal is to serve students the type of healthy meals they would receive at school, which has been challenging because of the need for closed-container packaging and the inability of students to personalize their meals.
PepsiCo's net sales growth of 5.3% for the third quarter ending Sept. 5 was supported by a 6% revenue increase for its North American beverage unit and a 7% increase in sales for its Frito Lay North America division. Earnings per share of $1.66 for the quarter surpassed analyst expectations by 17 cents per share.
Clorox is rebranding its direct-to-consumer supplement brand Objective with a redesigned website, packaging and logo. The changes aim to broaden the brand's appeal by pivoting from a focus on demographics to categories based on mental state, such as overwhelmed parents who represent an "under-served target that's not spoken to a lot," said Kimberly Vandrilla, head of DTC brand and creative at Clorox.
Amazon has debuted the Climate Pledge Friendly program, which identifies products that meet varying sustainability standards. The program's label will appear in searches for roughly 25,000 products including The Honest Company, Unilever's Seventh Generation and Clorox's Burt's Bees.
Brands releasing new flavors include Olipop's Orange Squeeze better-for-you soda and Chobani's Peppermint Mocha and Cookies & Cream dairy-based creamers. Liquid I.V. has expanded its hydration mix set with Watermelon, Apple Pie and Guava flavors while Danone's plant-based Silk unit has added an extra creamy variety to its line of Oat Yeah oat milks.
Inspire Brands, the parent of restaurant brands including Arby's, Sonic Drive-In and Buffalo Wild Wings, has invested in ItsaCheckmate. The deal makes Inspire a preferred customer of the software company, whose software channels orders from third-party delivery services into restaurants' point-of-sale systems.
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