Albertsons began testing a delivery subscription service in March across several of its markets. About 12 stores now offer the service, and the company plans to bring it to more locations after positive results in both Phoenix and Southern California.
Vintage Capital Management has officially bid to buy Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for $40 per share, regulatory filings show. Red Robin said it will consider the proposal from the private-equity firm, which already owns an 11.6% stake in the company.
Kroger's 84.51 personalized marketing subsidiary has introduced a paid analytics solution for brands. The platform, called Stratum, is designed to accelerate brand positioning both in-store and online.
Judson Reis will be retiring as CEO of Gorton's Seafood after 11 years at the company's helm. Kurt Hogan, vice president of sales, will take over the chief executive duties on Jan. 1, 2020.
Attendees at the School Nutrition Association's conference learned about how to update old menu staples, such as pizza and chicken nuggets, with reduced-sodium versions and new foods, including ramen and Parmesan-crusted fish nuggets. Reginald Ross, president-elect of the SNA, said an emerging trend is offering spice stations, so students can add the flavors they prefer to their food.
A number of new laws in Maine are affecting the state's school nutrition programs. Among them are an after-school snack program and protections for students with unpaid meal debt, including a requirement that schools contact parents, instead of students, about the fees.
News that Lululemon's newest flagship features a restaurant resonated with SmartBrief readers this week, as did a deal by Chili's franchisee ERJ Dining to sell 116 units back to Brinker International. The popularity of $20 pints of Perfect Day Ice Cream, which sold out a few hours after launching, topped this week's top 10.
The most effective leaders use their strengths to create a vision, model successful behavior, challenge others to act and seek new ways to accomplish goals, writes Dan Rockwell. Every leader should acknowledge their weaknesses and work to shore them up, he writes.
Trade groups including the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation have voiced opposition to a bill approved by the House this week that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. "H.R. 582 is the wrong wage at the wrong time, implemented in the wrong way," said the National Restaurant Association's Sean Kennedy.
California lawmakers have passed a measure designed to make it easier for restaurants to allow patrons to use their own reusable cups and dishes. The law clarifies that eateries aren't obliged to allow guests to use their own containers, and they have no responsibility to clean customers' dishes.
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