To honor Flag Day, Big Y Foods, for the second consecutive year, is collecting old and worn U.S. flags for proper retirement. Flags are being collected through June 5 at stores and will be delivered to Boy Scouts and other organizations for retirement ceremonies.
Friendly's has renovated 10 of its restaurants, creating a new look, feel and menu inspired by the chain's heyday, when shakes were made with hard ice cream and sipped to the sounds of big band music. The chain, which closed 100 locations after its 2011 bankruptcy filing, now operates 114 corporate units and 247 franchises, and plans to renovate 30 more this year.
Big Y Foods plans to remove self-checkout lanes at all 58 stores, in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The company said the lanes don't save time because customers often "needed to wait for store staff to assist with problems with bar codes, coupons, payment problems and other issues that invariably arise with many transactions."
Dairy Farmers of America Inc. is halting production at its cheese plant in Lovington, N.M., after the facility failed to gain a "financially viable status," the DFA said in a news release. Lost production is expected to be transferred to other DFA plants.
The gourmet private-label industry is growing, with the private-label lines of companies including Hannaford's, Shaw's, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's becoming more popular. Total sales of private-label foods were $40.9 billion in 2005, according to an industry group. "The credibility of private label has been increasing over the years and, in fact, many of the private label products are made by mainstream manufacturers," a Food Marketing Institute spokesman said.