Taco Bell will replace its Dollar Cravings value menu with a new menu called "Value Cravings" and launch a new marketing campaign to promote it. The new menu will feature a selection of $1 items as well as $5 meal boxes.
Instacart will begin winding down its work at Whole Foods Market next year, a relationship that predates the grocer's acquisition by Amazon. Instacart will be redeploying staff members to other grocers, which have become the bulk of its delivery partners.
A New Hampshire school district is considering eliminating Styrofoam trays in some of its cafeterias. Kimberly McGlinchey, a teacher representative to the school board, said the trays are bad for the environment, and officials said they would price more environmentally friendly options.
Kellogg Chief Growth Officer Clive Sirkin is stepping down after three years in the role and will be succeeded by Monica McGurk effective Jan. 1. "Clive has inspired reinvestment in our world-class brands, deployed a brand-building model fit for our evolving digital economy and has helped ignite our food agenda to align to modern consumer trends," said CEO Steve Cahillane.
Honeycrisp apples have soared in popularity, surpassing Golden Delicious to become the fifth-most-grown apple, but the variety requires significant maintenance, and so growers are starting to promote others. "There are so many apples that are just as good or better," said grower Tom Maynard, who sees consumers gravitating toward the Evercrisp.
Personalize employee gifts by asking each person about professional-development goals, Julie Winkle Giulioni writes. You could then help employees create individual plans for learning, offer opportunities to gain experience within the company or budget a development plan of their choosing, she writes.
Starbucks and Uber Eats will team to expand delivery to about 2,000 of its 8,000 US cafes next year. Nontraditional orders at the chain have grown in the past couple of years and mobile orders now account for 12% of total sales, up from 5% two years ago.
The newly created World Restaurant Awards has unveiled nominees in 18 categories, split between "Big Plates" and "Small Plates." Nominees in the former category will be judged on more traditional qualities while "Small Plates" eateries will vie for titles in quirky categories such as "Tweezer-Free Kitchen."
Inspire Brands is building a new Atlanta headquarters, with plans to create 1,100 new corporate jobs to run the fast-growing restaurant empire. The parent of Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby's, Rusty Taco and the newly acquired Sonic Drive-In aims to create a collaborative model that improves performance for each of its chains, said CEO Paul Brown.
Grocers including Giant Food Stores, Sprouts Farmers Market and Price Chopper/Market 32 were recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for their work in the agency's Food Recovery Challenge program. The program recognizes grocers that work toward sustainable food retail and food recovery.
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