Food & Beverage
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10/15/2018

Subway will now offer delivery from 9,000 of its US restaurants, in partnerships with delivery services DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates and Uber Eats, the company said. Thus far, most large chains have teamed with one or two third-party services for delivery.

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Giant Food is hoping its partnership with Peapod will help it compete in greater Philadelphia's growing market for grocery delivery. Giant By Peapod currently is third for delivery market share in the city, ranked behind Instacart and Walmart Online Grocery.

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10/15/2018

A school district in Arkansas recently purchased a food truck to enhance its food services program. During its first stop this month, students built "Bulldog" burgers and were served potato salad and baked beans.

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10/15/2018

Campbell Soup unveiled new strategic brand positioning plans Friday, noting that the company will focus its namesake soup brand on members of Generation X and use its organic Pacific Foods brand to cultivate its base of millennial fans. The firm also plans to boost its investment in online marketing, innovation and sales initiatives.

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Walmart and Gerber have created a baby food brand called Freshful Start that they'll sell from refrigerated cases in the baby food aisle at 50 Walmart stores in four states. The line is designed to appeal to parents as an alternative to homemade baby food, said Gerber CEO Bill Partyka.

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Demand for tequila has risen quickly, but the agave plant remains a slow-growing one, requiring patience to make tequila the right way. The surge in demand could damage quality, putting tequila in a boom-and-bust cycle if production is rushed.

10/15/2018

The variety of flavor combinations and flexibility of dayparts have made meal bowls popular, and new bean-forward creations can call on hummus, bean ceviche or a rice and bean base to explore different cultural influences. "Bowls are easy to eat, they tend to look very pretty and for some reason, they open the door for people to be more adventurous with their menu choices," said Jorge Cespedes, culinary creative director for Marlin Network.

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US cherry exports to China dropped by 41% by August, after two rounds of retaliatory tariffs sent duties soaring to 50%, according to Agriculture Department data. China's imports of Canadian cherries increased 82%, according to Statistics Canada, and 27% of Canada's cherry crop this year went to China.

10/15/2018

Leaders exhibit a high emotional intelligence when they're alert to other people's feelings, show compassion and don't succumb to defensiveness when challenged, writes John R. Stoker. "Instead, they seek to understand the source of others' feelings and the values that are important to others," he writes.

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10/15/2018

Chinese CPG brands are forging strong consumer connections by optimizing their digital capabilities in ways that US firms might consider emulating. By employing such strategies as advertising within popular social media apps, navigating across sales channels and innovating based on digital interactions, companies can reach consumers more efficiently.