Yum Brands plans to expand Taco Bell from 6,650 global units to 9,000 by 2022, largely through expansion in Brazil, Canada, China and India. The chain will add at least 100 new restaurants in each of those markets, the company said Thursday.
Family Dollar will phase in several new private brands that will be more relevant to the retailer's shopper base and focus on offering a similar quality to national brands at a value, said Bob Sasser, CEO of Family Dollar parent Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will also remodel 250 stores this year to expand food, beverage, snack, cooler and freezer space, speed up checkout and make endcaps more productive.
Amazon's two Seattle AmazonFresh Pickup spots are now open to Amazon Prime members. The stores, which previously were only available to Amazon employees, let online grocery shoppers set a time to pick up their purchases via curbside delivery.
Inserra Supermarkets-owned ShopRite has added local produce offerings at its 22 New York and New Jersey stores. The move is part of the retailer's commitment to offering fresh foods, as well as its strategy to reduce its impact on the environment.
Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has 35 restaurants around the world, including his namesake flagship in New York City, and he's gearing up to open his first Los Angeles eatery. He talks about plans for a sustainable restaurant, his toaster collection and his favorite places to eat in L.A., starting with In-N-Out Burger.
Beyond Meat will see its plant-based Beyond Burgers in meat cases at 280 Safeway locations across California, Nevada and Hawaii. The pea protein-based burgers are said to match the flavor and sizzle of traditional beef-based burgers and have proven sales at Whole Foods Markets, said CEO Ethan Brown.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will invest $4 million in an expansion project that will add 20 jobs in Greensboro, N.C. The plan calls for the construction of a 135,300-square-foot facility and comes as the company is growing its territory into parts of five states.
In this video, Jason Yang of Fleisher's Craft Butchery breaks down a cow, using a variety of blades to create cuts of beef from brisket and ribs to oyster steak and top round.
Chef Gaggan Anand has set a closing date of 2020 for his eponymous restaurant in Thailand, which came out on top in the 2017 Asia's 50 Best awards. Anand, who believes all restaurants have an expiration date, plans to open several restaurants in Japan inspired by Buddhist principles.
Several factors are driving the rise in popularity of independent eateries, writes Jonathan Maze, including millennials' craving for local fare and foodie shows like "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." Social media shares and the rise in delivery options from indie eateries are also fueling the trend.
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