Washington, D.C.-based Cava Group will acquire publicly traded Zoe's Kitchen for $12.75 per share or about $300 million, the companies said. Investors including Act III Holdings, an investment firm led by Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich, will finance the deal.
New York state is offering additional funding for schools that use about 30% of school-meal funds on locally-produced foods. Allissa Eiser, food services director in one district, says says the additional funding will help to cover the higher cost of buying local.
Bill Phelps and Rick Wetzel were marketers at Nestle when they came up with the idea for Wetzel's Pretzels, a startup that aspired to be the "Ben & Jerry's of the pretzel category," Phelps writes. "Listen to the operators," he advises franchise companies. "You never know where the next great idea is coming from."
Students are entering college with more sophisticated palates than their predecessors and campus foodservice operations are taking a cue from restaurants to cater to their needs. Diverse offerings at campus food halls including vegan pasta bars, gluten-free menus and Korean barbecue are university recruiting tools, as well as a means to keep more dining dollars on campus, industry experts say.
Some Texas school districts are working with federal contractors that run migrant shelters to provide educational services for migrant children during their detainment. Officially, the federal government, not local districts, is responsible for educating these children, according to the Texas Education Agency, but some school leaders are stepping in voluntarily.
Dunkin' Donuts grew by 280 units last year, and a simplified menu has improved service and trimmed labor costs, marketing chief Tony Weisman said. The chain is also appealing to younger consumers with a $2 snack menu, a breakfast value menu and a push to remove artificial ingredients.
Students at five schools in an Arizona district will receive free breakfasts and lunches this school year through the Community Eligibility Provision. One school has a salad bar cart and a varied menu of healthy options, including teriyaki dippers with brown rice and toasted turkey melt sandwiches.
The Paris-Brest pastry has become widely popular at more than than just French bakeries, with both classic and unconventional versions popping up across the US. The circle of cream puffs with hazelnut custard filling and crunchy toppings was said to have been created in 1910 by a pastry chef to promote a bicycle race between the cities of Brest and Paris.
Kimbal Musk will open his second Chicago restaurant, a farm-to-table concept called Next Door American Eatery, next year. Musk, the brother of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, also has a Chicago nonprofit that works with public schools to create Learning Garden, and he opened The Kitchen American Bistro in the city four years ago.
Subway is still the largest US quickserve chain with 25,908 restaurants, all of them franchises. McDonald's, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut round out the top five.
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