Starbucks will open its first US "Signing Store" that will run using American Sign Language. The Washington, D.C., store will be located near Gallaudet University, a school designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and will be staffed by a mix of hearing and deaf employees, all of whom are proficient in ASL.
An expanded produce section including more organic and pre-cut choices and bright signage are among the features of a store redesign that Winn-Dixie is rolling out across Florida. The recently revamped location in Orlando also includes a chicken wing bar in the deli area and a section for dollar items.
Lucky's Market has signed four more leases in Florida as the natural grocer continues its push into the state, with each new location set to open within 18 to 24 months. Lucky's already had announced at least a dozen planned locations in major Florida markets such as Orlando and Fort Myers.
Unilever is using the lessons learned from its Dollar Shave Club unit to sell more of its premium products straight to the public, bypassing traditional retail outlets. "[W]ith our prestige businesses, we see more opportunities to go direct to consumers," said CEO Paul Polman.
PepsiCo, Mars and Kellogg are among the brands aiming to capture a slice of the mobile food and beverage market by forging a partnership with Cargo. The company, which launched last year, allows Uber drivers to sell snacks and beverages to ride-hail customers.
Cami Whitten, foodservices director at an Indiana high school, is bringing in community leaders to eat with students during the summer-meal program. She says it's a learning opportunity for students, and has invited the town's mayor and authorities from the police and fire departments to share a meal and interact with students.
Monster Beverage has appointed Emelie Tierre president of the Americas unit, a role she will hold in addition to her existing position as chief commercial officer. The company also named Guy Carling president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa division.
Barry Callebaut AG will launch its RB1 Ruby chocolate in Hong Kong in September. "The RB1 recipe has been crafted by the Callebaut chocolate makers in collaboration with Belgian chocolatiers, to encourage freedom with its remarkable taste and color," said Denis Convert, Barry Callebaut's vice president for gourmet in Asia Pacific.
When cooking pizza on the grill, it's important to wait until the grill is 500 degrees and par-cook the crust with olive oil before adding toppings, according to a panel of pizza chefs. Creating hot and cool zones on the grill allows the pizza to cook more slowly once cheese and toppings are added.
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