McDonald's is expanding its line of indulgent sweets in a push to boost afternoon snack-time traffic and sales, with sundaes, frappes and baked goods including muffin tops and croissants. Other chains are also wooing snackers with new items and promotions, including Wendy's, Starbucks and Zoe's Kitchen.
H-E-B has teamed with Texas firm Enchanted Rock Energy to add natural gas generators at 50 stores in the Houston market, with plans to eventually roll them out to all of the retailer's stores in Texas. The generators will be a more reliable source of backup power for H-E-B's stores, which currently use diesel generators, allowing the retailer to offer customers a cool building, food and other supplies when power goes out.
Kroger will invest $20 million to renovate seven former Marsh Supermarkets the retailer acquired after Marsh filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and the retailer will reopen two of the stores under Kroger's Pay Less banner and five under its namesake banner. Kroger purchased 11 Marsh stores in total, and a task force is studying the options for the four stores not included in the renovation plans, the company said.
Consumers want Amazon's impending ownership of Whole Foods Market to lead to more in-store tech innovation, starting with cashier-free checkouts, according to a survey by ChargeItSpot. Shoppers also said they wanted the merger to bring lower prices and create new pickup spots for Amazon purchases.
Educators may be better able to support themselves, peers and students if they focus on personal wellness, asserts Alex Shevrin, a teacher at an alternative therapeutic school in Vermont. In this blog post, she offers ways in which educators can improve their well-being.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus will urge the Department of Justice to scrutinize Amazon's planned acquisition of Whole Foods. "This consolidation that's happening all over the country is not a positive trend," he said.
Children in a West Virginia community will have access to free meals through the end of the month. School nutrition professional Jayne Kimberly says some meals will feature fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, from a school garden.
Campbell Soup will launch a new Goldfish line next spring that features more intense flavors that appeal to older kids. The company is also focusing on its cookie portfolio, noting that its recent launch of Farmhouse "is on track to be the biggest Pepperidge Farm snack launched in more than a decade," said Luca Mignini, president of the company's global biscuits and snacks unit.
Totino's has debuted Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon pizza rolls, which began shipping this week and will appear on freezer shelves nationwide by October. The new variety marks the first new pizza roll flavor since the company introduced its limited-edition Cheeseburger variety last year.
Short-grain, absorbent rice is the foundation of paella, and rice should be cooked without stirring to achieve a crispy bottom layer. Traditional meats such as bone-in rabbit and whole prawns complement the delicately flavored Spanish dish, which can be overwhelmed by bold meats such as chorizo.
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