The Sam's Club Now location in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, one-fourth the size of the usual club retail site, has embraced virtual reality and other technology to make the shopping experience more seamless. In fact, scan-and-go shopping that skips checkout is the only way to buy in the test store.
Smaller families and a preference for more natural care of livestock have prompted millennials to choose smaller turkeys over the iconic huge centerpiece bird for Thanksgiving. Another benefit they see in smaller turkeys is fewer leftovers.
Kraft Heinz is bringing Jell-O slime to store shelves next month in Unicorn Slime strawberry and Monster Slime lime varieties. "While do-it-yourself edible slime recipes are popular on Pinterest and YouTube, until today, there hasn't been an edible slime available from a national brand," the company said.
Two school districts in Georgia have been recognized for their efforts to serve locally produced food. Students at some of the schools also grow food in on-campus gardens that gets served in cafeterias -- an exercise that Pam Boyd, nutrition director, says helps teach students about the origins of their food.
Panera Bread will offer breakfast delivery from 381 restaurants by the end of the year, in markets including Washington, D.C., Dallas and Chicago, the company said. Digital channels now account for about one-third of Panera's total sales and breakfast delivery is expected to drive further growth.
Chili's Grill & Bar has opened its apprenticeship program to men and women transitioning from the military into civilian life. The program, created with a federal grant and partnerships with groups including the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, pays participants a salary while they train for supervisory jobs.
McDonald's has added Dasani bottled water as a Happy Meal beverage option and removed artificial ingredients from the Yoplait Go-Gurt that comes with the meal, the company said Thursday. The latest moves toward healthier kids' fare follows bigger changes launched earlier this year.
Defining a brand that resonates with consumers and inspires customer loyalty is crucial in the competitive restaurant environment, writes Franchise Growth Solutions founder Gary Occhiogrosso. Consistency across advertising campaigns and marketing platforms is the key to building a strong brand.
Experts at Whole Foods Market have listed the top 10 trends they expect to see in 2019, with number one being Pacific Rim flavors such as passion fruit and mango. Other trends include probiotics, especially in shelf-stable items, and growing consumer preferences for fatty foods.
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