Walmart will debut virtual reality headsets in all of its US stores next month as a system for realistic training. In a pilot project, staff members using the headsets learned such tasks as loading the company's new pickup towers.
Danone is working to grow with the expanding yogurt market by adapting to the latest yogurt trends and releasing fresh innovations, according to Sergio Fuster, president of US Yogurt for Danone North America. The company currently holds approximately 70% market share in the plant-based yogurt category, and is seeing "significant potential" from its Activia Probiotic Dailies shots, Fuster said.
Wegmans will open a store in Lancaster, Pa., this weekend, positioning the Northeastern chain to reach the 100-store plateau next year. The company has three stores set to open in 2019 in North Carolina, Virginia and New York.
Teams value CEOs who make brave shifts in strategy and focus on developing team members, writes Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Employees also want clear statements about your principles and values, as well as seeing how you live those even when pressured to act otherwise, she writes.
News of Hershey's planned $420 million acquisition of Pirate Brands topped this week's list of most-read food and beverage stories. A list of Walmart's best-selling items by state was also a hit with SmartBrief readers, as were stories from Tyson Foods, Kroger and beverage brand Dirty Lemon.
The two locations of Hometown Food Markets, both in the Colorado mountains, have to be ready to please both the local community and the many visitors to the region who vacation there in summer and winter. Co-owner Ed Sowards makes a point of visiting local farms to get as many regional products into the stores as possible.
Giant Eagle is promoting its stores as a safe location for users of the app OfferUp to exchange goods. The chain's store locations will be listed as designated meeting spots for those using the app to buy or sell household items.
Winemakers in Virginia are attracting attention by working with petit manseng and petit verdot, two wine grape varieties. Chef Jose Andres has been among the restaurateurs to notice and celebrate one of the region's petit manseng offerings, writes Carrie Dykes.
New York City led the OpenTable list of 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers, with 12 eateries highlighted, while California placed second. Among the wine-friendly restaurants that put New York on top were Balthazar and Gramercy Tavern.
The Jay Schottenstein family is experiencing its first harvest at Mayacamas Vineyards, a winery in the Napa Valley that the family took over in 2013. The winery still uses old-school techniques such as early harvest and open-top cement fermentation, says General Manager Brian Baker.
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