PepsiCo is boosting its product capabilities around the areas that consumers are most likely to embrace, Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston said. "We do see a ton of opportunity out there in beverages," he said.
Soaring water prices in the Australian state of Victoria have forced at least one cherry farmer to destroy nearly 3,500 trees and consider closing down for good. The shortage and high prices are also taking a toll on other area industries, notably dairy, rice and cotton.
Retail prices on roses and other flowers soar around Valentine's Day as the sudden surge in demand pushes logistics systems to their limits and drives up costs. "It's really expensive just to get them to the market," Texas A&M University horticulture professor Charles Hall said.
A story about how restaurants are adapting as demand for delivery rises rated high with SmartBrief readers this week, as did a profile of pastry chef and Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi. Caticorn Cereal, a new Kellogg product featuring edible glitter, topped this week's top 10 list.
The creators of Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill have created WR Kitchen & Bar, a smaller format that's set to launch in California in the coming months. The new concept will serve about 80% of the original menu, in a hybrid model designed to speed service with ordering at the counter and self-seating.
Chick-fil-A will invest an additional $15.3 million in an employee scholarship program the chain says works to both attract and retain workers. The program has spent $75 million thus far on scholarships for 53,000 employees and 90% of recipients surveyed said they expect to stay with the company after finishing school.
Wegmans, Publix and Nugget Markets again have been honored among the 100 Best Companies To Work For by Fortune magazine and consultants Great Places to Work. "There is nothing more important to us than being a great place to work for all," said Wegmans President and CEO Colleen Wegman.
Amazon has secured space in central London to bring its Amazon Go cashierless store concept to the UK, according to a report in The Grocer. Amazon had no comment on its plans for the UK stores, which now are open in 10 US locations.
L'Occitane has launched a marketing campaign called "No Filter Needed" that features the firm's female employees. The activation will be highlighted on social media in tandem with the brand's debut of two moisturizers.
Dietitians said eggs, dark chocolate, salmon, nuts and blueberries may help improve a person's mood, and registered dietitian Perri Halperin recommended incorporating these types of foods into a varied, healthy diet. RD Sharon Zarabi said, "Certain foods influence the neurotransmitters in our brain that make us feel good, and thus eating certain foods enhances a person's well-being."