Iowa-based Fareway Stores will open a Fareway Meat Market in Lincoln, Neb. this fall. The 6,500-square-foot full-service specialty store will be Fareway's second store operating under the concept, which debuted in Omaha last year.
Giant and Stop & Shop parent Ahold USA has teamed with online platform RangeMe to diversify its suppliers and adopt more efficient product discovery as part of an effort to make its stores feel more like neighborhood grocers. "You think of a big giant organization like Ahold USA, there's a lot of neighborhoods we have to understand," said Nick Bertram, Ahold's senior vice president of merchandising strategy and support.
Hormel Foods Corp. CEO James Snee has revealed the parameters that the company is considering for its next target acquisition, and said the firm is seeking brands that are at the top of their categories, which could include international and foodservice businesses. "Our balance sheet is pristine, and so we do have the capacity to do a multibillion dollar deal," he said.
A loyal following in its native N.C. has helped 100-year-old brand Cheerwine see sales steadily increase, and parent company Carolina Beverage Corp. hopes to expand that fan base beyond the state's borders. The firm has forged distribution agreements with PepsiCo to help bring the soft drink into new regions, and licensing agreements with companies like Krispy Kreme have also boosted exposure.
Seafood boils are a tradition in many area of the US, and each has its own preferred method and ingredients -- from Cajun-style shrimp and crawfish cooked in seasoned water to a Lowcountry boil featuring corn and andouille sausage. No matter what the style, these large-format meals are meant to be shared among friends and paired with a cold beer.
Florida-based Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza will expand into the Midwest this year, with eateries planned to open in four Chicago suburbs. The chain launched in 2000 and has grown to about 60 East Coast restaurants.
Frontera Foods, the packaged food company created by chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless, will debut a new frozen food line at supermarkets this summer. Conagra Brands acquired Frontera last year, and it may eventually expand the chef-driven brand into other categories.
American palates have grown more adventurous in recent years and consumers' list of favorite brands has evolved from burgers and pizza to include a growing number of ethnic flavors, according to an annual survey from Fishbowl. Social media, food TV and millennials' craving for new tastes are driving the trends, said Mike Lukianoff, chief analytics officer for Fishbowl.
The fast-casual restaurant scene in Austin, Texas, includes an array of innovative takes on traditional cuisines, from the Kimchi Fries at Chi'Lantro BBQ to the Filet Mignon Pho at PhoNatic. Food writer Sam Oches shares the 15 most buzzed-about concepts he discovered on his first visit to the city for SXSW this month.
Marsh Supermarkets will close at least two more stores this year after closing two in the Indianapolis market, according to reports. The retailer, which has gone from operating 120 stores in 2006 to operating 67, has also reportedly discontinued rent payments in up to six stores in the Indianapolis area.
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