Yum Brands reported a 30% jump in second-quarter same-store sales at KFC, which saw soaring demand for chicken sandwiches. Yum also owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Habit Burger Grill, and same-store sales at all four chains were up compared to the same period in 2019.
H.E. Butt Grocery, Food Lion and Kroger rank the highest for loyalty, respectively, according to Bond Brand Loyalty's 2021 report. The survey looked at loyalty programs, brand influence and rewards and redemption.
Florence School District 3 in South Carolina is experiencing shortages of breaded chicken, paper products and portion containers because of supply chain disruptions, said Valerie Mouzon, the district's foodservice supervisor. Mouzon said prices on some items, such as whole muscle chicken, also have increased because of supply chain challenges.
Procter & Gamble will appoint Jon Moeller, its current chief operating officer, as CEO in November when current CEO David Taylor becomes executive board chair. P&G's second-quarter net sales rose 7%, exceeding analyst projections, with organic sales for its health care and grooming units up 14% and 6%, respectively, and organic revenue for its beauty division increasing 6%.
Hershey and Mondelez have partnered to debut Chewy Chips Ahoy! Hershey's Fudge Filled cookies for a limited time. The variety is available at Walmart, Target and other retail stores.
Richard's Rainwater is ushering 12-packs of its 12-ounce sparkling variety into Whole Foods stores nationwide, as it aims to grow its multi-pack business to roughly 2,000 retail locations by the end of the year. "When we look at the data for our 12-ounce glass [bottle] sparkling water product, it's clearly the case format that consumers prefer," said CEO Taylor O'Neill.
Keurig Dr Pepper has raised its full-year guidance for a second time this year to 6% to 7% after second-quarter net sales increased 9.6%. Carbonated soft drink brands 7UP, Dr Pepper, Sunkist, A&W, Squirt and Canada Dry led a 7.6% sales increase for the packaged beverage category while a revival in away-from-home sales drove a 21.4% net sales increase in Keurig Dr Pepper's beverage concentrate business.
Indoor farming startups are increasingly attracting investors with high-tech operations that are immune to the elements and able to provide grocers and restaurants with local produce year round. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Gotham Greens has grown to nine hydroponic greenhouses since opening the first on a rooftop in the city a decade ago.
Since her win on "The Great British Baking Show" in 2015, Nadiya Hussain has been busy hosting television shows, writing books and even baking a birthday cake for Queen Elizabeth II. Her newest book, "Nadiya Bakes," and Netflix show of the same name offer a collection of Hussain's eclectic and fun baking recipes inspired by her British home, her Bangladeshi heritage and her world travels. Hussain discusses her career post-"Baking Show," where she gets inspiration for recipes and the common ground that food can create.
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