Sara Lee Corp. is heavily promoting its Jimmy Dean brand's new frozen entrees Breakfast Skillets and Breakfast Bowls, which provide hot, hearty breakfasts within minutes. Manufacturers such as Sara Lee and General Mills are increasingly competing with quickservice restaurants for breakfast business.
In the wake of a major acquisition that nearly doubled its Chicago presence to close to 400 stores, 7-Eleven has signed multiyear sponsorship pacts with three pro sports teams: the Bears, Bulls and Cubs. The convenience store chain already has a deal with the White Sox.
A Whole Foods Market will replace the Lakewood Minyard Food Store in Dallas. Minyard Food Stores is evaluating its three banners, including Sack 'n Save discount stores and Hispanic-focused Carnival stores. Associated Wholesale Grocers, a grocery co-op, will supply to Minyard's 65 supermarkets by the fall.