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.
A Texas high school held a Thanksgiving lunch recently for students, families, first responders and other community members. Students from families living in poverty also received Thanksgiving gift baskets to take home and "snack packs" of food they can eat over the weekend or a long holiday break.
PepsiCo is attracting new talent via its "Grow Our Own" apprentice program in the UK. "Apprenticeships are a hugely valuable way for PepsiCo to attract people with a real drive to pursue a career in food and drink, while also supporting business growth and developing key skills," said PepsiCo's Mandy Reader of the program.
Sustainability and wellness are among the top trends for 2019, according to Mintel. "In 2019, support of and demand for more corporate sustainability programs will grow as consumers better understand what's required to get closer to achieving a truly circular food and drink economy," said Mintel's Jenny Zegler, who notes that sustainability programs will encompass more than recycling by "creating products with ingredients that are grown in accordance to regenerative agriculture practices."
Cargo and Venmo have teamed to make it easy for customers of ride-sharing services to buy snacks during their trips. Cargo boxes are currently in ride-share cars in 10 cities with inventories that include snacks such as Skittles and Rice Krispie Treats.
It's time for Beaujolais Nouveau, but this year that also means it's time for Beaujolais Nouveau rose. Franck Duboeuf, whose father Georges Duboeuf is known for propelling Beaujolais Nouveau to global recognition, has introduced a Beaujolais Nouveau rose wine this year.
Five women have moved up in the management ranks of Jackson Family Wines, including an outside hire for its leadership team. Among the promotions, family member Katie Jackson has been tapped to be senior vice president for corporate and social responsibility.