KFC is putting chicken and waffles back on the menu four months after ending the last limited-time offering of the popular dish. It includes a Belgian waffle and KFC chicken tenders, and a chicken and waffle sandwich is also being added to the menu.
Three Whole Foods Market locations in California will join the state's energy demand management project, relying on Axiom Exergy's Refrigeration Battery to manage power use. In taking part, the stores will be eligible for financial incentives for reducing their consumption at peak times.
Amazon and Walmart were in a class by themselves among grocers when it comes to their understanding of grocery e-commerce, according to a study by Gartner L2. Marketing heft, social media and fulfillment capabilities helped put the two major merchants at "genius" level in the study.
Mondelez International has invested in Chicago-area food incubator The Hatchery to help boost innovation via its SnackFutures venture arm. "Working with The Hatchery, food entrepreneurs will help us push the boundaries of what is possible in snacking as we continue to build our ecosystem of partners while also giving back and offering guidance to new companies," says Mondelez's Tim Cofer.
An elementary school in Florida recently celebrated "plate day" by serving more locally sourced ingredients in their school lunches, including strawberries, lettuce and kale from a nearby farm. Beth Spratt, the farm-to-school outreach coordinator, says local food is fresher and healthier.
Birds Eye joined the Conagra Brands portfolio last year, and the frozen vegetable line now represents Conagra's biggest brand, said CEO Sean Connolly. The firm is creating a plethora of product innovations for Birds Eye to capitalize on key consumer trends, he said.
A story about the sweet treats that can be shaped using frozen whipped cream topped this week's list of most-read food-and-beverage stories, and Starbucks' revamped loyalty program also made the list. Triscuit's first non-cracker snacks and Smartwater's expansion into the flavored seltzer arena also resonated with readers.
Dunkin' is joining with Saucony to release a doughnut-themed running shoe to commemorate the Boston Marathon. The sneakers, which are a play on the brand's tagline "America Runs on Dunkin'," retail for $120 and come in a shoebox shaped like a pack of Dunkin's Munchkins doughnut holes.
Army veteran Jerry Flanagan founded junk-removal company JDog in 2011 with the intent of growing the business by hiring former servicemembers and help disprove the stereotype that veterans aren't ready to be in the civilian workplace. "When you watch it every day, how they deal with their struggles, it's amazing to see that they're very, very productive members of society," he says.
Restaurants working to eliminate single-use disposable containers in favor of compostables or other sustainable options face frustrations because the infrastructure often isn't there to process the used items properly. "If we're going to fix this, regulation is needed," said John Shin, who began using compostables when he opened Prawn in Los Angeles three years ago.
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