Fast casual and fine dining come together in increasingly trendy "fine-casual" concepts that serve chef-driven menus to guests who order and pay at the counter. The concepts offer consumers new culinary experiences along with the speed and convenience they want, and give chefs the chance to showcase their talents in eateries with lower real estate and labor costs, said NPD Group analyst Warren Solochek.
Chili's Grill & Bar will end participation in American Express's Plenti loyalty program and revamp its My Chili's Rewards program, the company said. Rewards members will now receive a free order of chips and salsa or a beverage on each visit to a Chili's restaurant, said parent Brinker International.
Kozmo.com, once a delivery service for anything available on the internet, has been revived under new management, with a focus on grocery orders. Now operated by grocery platform Yummy, the company will focus on next-day delivery of orders costing $35 or more with a $5.99 fee.
Students at eight schools in a West Virginia district can access food and other items via a new food pantry. Middle-school counselor Elyse Lanzendorfer said the pantry -- stocked with donated items -- provides access to food and toiletries that students may not have access to at home.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is encouraging school leaders to adopt in-class and grab-and-go breakfast programs to expand students' access to morning meals. Bullock says that addressing student hunger is key to ensuring students have the ability to reach their full potential.
Theo Spierings will step down from his position as CEO of New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra at some point in 2018. "Theo and the board have now agreed that Theo will leave us later on this year, and the board is currently in the process of shortlisting a replacement for Theo," said board chair John Wilson.
Sales of salty snacks rose 7.24% during 2017 over the previous year, according to data from IRI. Hot and spicy, Mexican and vinegar are three of the hottest flavors in the category, while Asian and peanut butter flavors are on the downswing based on sales data, said IRI's Sally Lyons Wyatt.
Gatorade has partnered with researchers at Northwestern University to develop a skin patch that helps people understand when they need to hydrate. The stick-on patch, which can be worn in water and is smartphone-enabled, could hit retail shelves within the year.