Time Out Group will expand its food hall concept to the US next year, after building the business model in Portugal for four years. The first US location, slated to open in Miami Beach, will include 17 concepts from local chefs and food halls will follow in Boston, Chicago and New York later in 2019.
Ahold Delhaize USA will transition its private label items to "cleaner and more natural" ingredients by 2025. Artificial flavors, synthetic colors and high-fructose corn syrup are among the ingredients that the company will remove from its products.
To create the sustainable future necessary for large-scale food production, General Mills is reinventing farming with a look back at classic methods like regenerative farming. "We consider this form of returning to some of our old practices a form of innovation," said Carla Vernon, president of General Mills' natural and organic operating unit.
Middle-school students in a North Carolina school district recently taste-tested breakfast pizzas that could soon appear on cafeteria menus. The exercise was part of the National School Lunch Week celebration, which school child nutrition services manager Emma Hutchinson said was an opportunity to celebrate good food and get student feedback.
Procter & Gamble has debuted a pilot program allowing consumers to order customized Gillette razors created using 3D-printing technology from Formlabs. Shoppers can order from among seven colors and 48 designs when selecting a razor style.
The Hershey Co. brought its Kisses brand to India store shelves Wednesday as an early step in the firm's plan to invest $50 million there through 2023. "We really want to invest to leverage the huge population growth, the move of consumers into middle class and the increasing disposable income, and that's really about China and India," says CEO Michele Buck.
PepsiCo has observed disruptions in such areas of technology as e-commerce, customization and large data sourcing, and the company is preparing for them by looking ahead, said Lucia Ponginebbi, vice president of global research and development for PepsiCo's snacks platform. "I believe that foresights, as opposed to insights, need to become a more common tool for innovation and transformation," she said.
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