Shopping centers with a grocery anchor continue to be attractive to the commercial real estate sector even as grocers look to online sales, according to a report from Real Capital Markets. Centers with a major anchor such as a grocery were rated higher than malls and other shopping sites in a survey of real estate investors.
Beverage firm Up Mountain Switchel has added a carbonated switchel drink called Original Swizzle to its product portfolio. The company aims to get the beverage onto 1,000 store shelves by the end of the year.
Ferrara Candy and Nestle USA presented their total sales force for the first time during the Sweets & Snacks Expo this week. "We view the merger as bringing together two very strong portfolios and our intent is to combine that with a team that is motivated to grow sales for our customers," said Ferrara CEO Todd Siwak.
Successful licensed goods sales require manufacturers and retailers to pay close attention to current trends, according to experts. Boston America's Nintendo-themed offerings and Jelly Belly's use of the "Jurassic World" and "Harry Potter" brands are examples of how confectioners have incorporated trendy licenses into their products.
Mirzam Chocolate Makers has revealed its Monsters Collection chocolate bar packaging. The special packages include images of mythical sea monsters whose tales were told by Arabian merchants involved in Spice Route trades.
A roux's combination of starch and liquid fat helps flour and other starches disperse more evenly in gravy and other saucy dishes, avoiding stubborn clumps, Daniel Gritzer writes in this guide that covers both oven and stovetop versions. With longer cooking, the flour in a roux will begin to toast, deepening the flavor and affecting the thickness of the finished dish.
The versatility of the Kudu grill is garnering praise from chefs, who use it for grilling as well as rotisserie and cast-iron skillet cooking. "You can cook a ribeye until it's almost there, swing it around and let it rest, then get some corn going on the grates and maybe sear some peaches on the cast iron," said Cheetie Kumar, chef and owner of Garland in Raleigh, N.C.
White port and tonic, a traditional summer drink in Portugal, could be the next cocktail trend to sweep the US, Rachel King writes. Portugal's status as a travel hotspot could help extend this drinking trend around the world, she writes.
Semolina's unique texture works well as a coating for fried meats and vegetables, resulting in a delicate, brittle crust, writes Nik Sharma. The grain keeps even vegetables with very little starch -- like tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini -- from getting soggy.