Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill is set to continue its aggressive footprint expansion in 2007, with plans to add up to 105 new locations. The company attributes its "Restaurateur Program," which promotes crew members into management positions, with reducing employee turnover and improving the customer experience.
Arla Foods UK and its producer group, Arla Foods Milk Partnership, have formed a new milk-price contract that essentially sets up a price floor for AFMP members. The Arla Foods Milk Price Equivalent is similar to the industry-standard Actual Milk Price Equivalent, but it will be determined by Arla's two commonalities.
Cass-Clay Creamery Inc. and Associated Milk Producers Inc. will form one company as of April 1, now that the boards of directors for the cooperatives have approved the merger. Cass-Clay is established in the upper Midwest, and AMPI manufactures shelf-stable products such as cheese, butter and instant milk.