Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.
Jose Andres, who owns 26 restaurants and has delivered hundreds of thousands of meals to Puerto Rican hurricane victims, says he reads Yelp every day as part of his bid to understand and listen to customers. "We cannot keep seeing the people coming to our business as the guests or the customers: They are our partners," he says.
Walmart's size means that when the company raises hourly wages and improves benefits, it is essentially raising working conditions for entire areas and pushing other businesses to do the same, writes Oliver Staley. The wage increases have alarmed investors and come against a larger competitive war Walmart is fighting to maintain in-store sales while growing online.
Stop & Shop, Food Lion and Hannaford parent Ahold Delhaize will team with IRI to collect point-of-sale, supply chain and frequent shopper program data through IRI's Liquid Data platform. Through the deal, Ahold Delhaize will enhance its consumer insights and improve marketing and shopper targeting efforts.
Food retail veteran Jim Perkins has been put in charge of Albertsons' 125 Safeway stores in the banner's Eastern division, following Dan Valenzuela, who held the president position for a little more than a year, the company said. Perkins is the third executive in three years to oversee Safeway's stores in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
The Fresh Market's recent investments in prices haven't led to an increase in store traffic, and the retailer is expected to see same-store sales fall through the end of the year, according to an analysis by Moody's Investors Service. The Fresh Market faces steep competition following the Amazon-Whole Foods merger, and the retailer will take time to evaluate how shoppers respond to 46 store remodels before continuing with the effort, the analysis found.
A growing crop of fast-casual pizza chains promise to turn out customized pies for dine-in patrons in less time than it would take to order a delivery pizza. Pizza now accounts for 37% of US fast-casual eateries, and concepts including MOD Pizza, Blaze, Pie Five and Pieology are adding units and drawing crowds across the country.
Students in an Oregon school district are enjoying nutritious smoothies, school nutrition professionals say. School nutrition professionals make the smoothies with everything from berries to oranges and graham crackers.
More than 25 years after disrupting the ready-to-drink iced tea market by introducing 24-ounce tallboy cans, Arizona Beverages is expanding its snack offerings to boost convenience store sales. The company is adding to its existing line of nachos with the launch of its new Crazy Cowboy beef jerky brand, and is working to increase international growth.
Stromboli should be cooked with flavorful cheeses and olive oil rather than a sauce, which can make the dough soggy, according to chef Scott Conant of New York's Fusco. Using bread flour for the dough and fillings that don't need to be cooked thoroughly are the best bet for making a top-notch stromboli, Conant said.
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