Walmart plans to open a smaller, high-tech version of Sam's Club as a test store in a 32,000-square-foot location in the Dallas area that formerly held a Neighborhood Market. The store will be convenience-focused and offer Scan and Go technology.
Numerous executives from Amazon have been given key roles in the Whole Foods Market operation, according to the company's organizational chart. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey reports to Amazon executive Steve Kessel, who oversees all of the online retailer's brick-and-mortar efforts, including Amazon Go.
Doritos teamed with Universal Pictures to tout the upcoming movie "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" by giving fans the chance to win a foot-long chip by tweeting @doritos with #JurrassicDoritos and #entry. A spot starring the film's Dr. Wu, played by BD Wong, shows a dinosaur egg hatching to produce the giant Dorito.
IHOP is planning to expand in Chicago and other cities to cater to its growing millennial and Gen Z fan base, President Darren Rebelez said. The chain has also invested in technology to appeal to younger consumers, including a mobile ordering app that launched last year.
The recent partnerships between retailers and meal-kit providers could be help both to thrive, said Howard Schneider, vice president of loyalty strategy at Kobie Marketing. "Offering meal kits in-store allows consumers to get the products they want when they want them and eliminates the hassle of dealing with the delivery process," he said.
Coca-Cola is using a multipronged game plan to meet consumers' needs by boosting its e-commerce capabilities, creating new packaging sizes and updating the product mix, said CEO James Quincey. "We have taken an aggressive approach to this challenge over the last three years with a strategy that is very much centered on creating a consumer-centric portfolio," he said.
The Texas Department of Agriculture's Farm Fresh program, which provides locally produced food for school meals, is expanding to include summer-meal programs across the state. About 40% of Texas schools participate in the program, which is supported by the US Department of Agriculture.
Investments in small food brands such as Outsiders Pizza and Wildscape allow Nestle "to reproduce what startup companies would do but benefiting from the scale and the strength of Nestle," said Nestle's Laurent Freixe. He added that Nestle's strategy is to wait patiently while nurturing the smaller brands to help them grow.
PepsiCo is celebrating a successful eighth year for its school-based Recycle Rally program. The initiative, which enlists help from all parts of the community to build and promote effective recycling programs, recycled 450% more material in 2017-18 over the previous school year.
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