Teams value CEOs who make brave shifts in strategy and focus on developing team members, writes Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Employees also want clear statements about your principles and values, as well as seeing how you live those even when pressured to act otherwise, she writes.
News of Hershey's planned $420 million acquisition of Pirate Brands topped this week's list of most-read food and beverage stories. A list of Walmart's best-selling items by state was also a hit with SmartBrief readers, as were stories from Tyson Foods, Kroger and beverage brand Dirty Lemon.
A growing wave of restaurant owners are focusing their efforts on breakfast and lunch, closing up before the dinner hour in an effort to achieve a better work-life balance. Modern daytime-only concepts offer high quality dishes created with the same care as an evening meal, but efficiency is key since checks are usually smaller in early parts of the day.
California legislation that would have banned middle and high schools from beginning before 8:30 a.m., as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been rejected by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown said in a veto message that the bill "is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards."
Some schools that have adopted yoga programs are facing pushback amid concern that the practice has religious elements. In response to parental objections, a Georgia elementary school has eliminated the use of the "namaste" greeting in their yoga classes.
Quickserve chains grappling with hiring amid low unemployment, high turnover and fewer teens in the job market could find a rich field of prospective new employees among baby boomers on the cusp of retirement, Matt MacInnis writes. About 97% of people ages 55 to 72 are still active in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Restaurants are in a competition for talented employees that's only going to grow more fierce as the tight labor market continues, said Gene Lee, president and CEO of Darden Restaurants. "Brands that can hire, train and retain front-line employees to bring their brands to life are going to win," he said.
The two locations of Hometown Food Markets, both in the Colorado mountains, have to be ready to please both the local community and the many visitors to the region who vacation there in summer and winter. Co-owner Ed Sowards makes a point of visiting local farms to get as many regional products into the stores as possible.
Giant Eagle is promoting its stores as a safe location for users of the app OfferUp to exchange goods. The chain's store locations will be listed as designated meeting spots for those using the app to buy or sell household items.
Winemakers in Virginia are attracting attention by working with petit manseng and petit verdot, two wine grape varieties. Chef Jose Andres has been among the restaurateurs to notice and celebrate one of the region's petit manseng offerings, writes Carrie Dykes.