Pizza accounts for about 60% of US delivery orders, and pizza restaurants can stand out with creatively designed boxes that reinforce the brand. Brands can also make the boxes part of their social media strategy by creating exciting designs that customers want to share on Instagram, Phil Bagdasarian writes.
Associated Food Stores will use an artificial intelligence system from CB4 to avoid stocking problems in its stores that have been known to adversely affect sales. The system can point out individual items that are underselling and can also be checked for display issues.
Among the beverages showcased at the recent Natural Products Expo West were plant waters that featured bubbles. Sap! is rolling out a line of sparkling birch tree waters and Drink Simple is introducing its sparkling maple water line.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear FMI's argument that SNAP data is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act on April 22. "FOIA was not intended to open the books to a store's confidential business information or impede the competitive landscape," says FMI's Jennifer Hatcher.
Jetblack, Walmart's delivery startup in New York City that launched last year, is giving the company a sea of data about high-end customers, even though it's not a profitable venture. Walmart hopes to rival Amazon by using the shopping data to build better automated customization for shoppers.
Several upstart direct-to-consumer firms are aiming their products at the robust baby-boom population. Selling items such as hearing aids and incontinence underwear online, the firms can easily find their key demographic on Facebook; older Americans are among the platform's most active members.
A Colorado school district has increased breakfast and lunch participation since they hired a new school lunch manager who focuses on a made-from-scratch menu. Lunches include such favorites as lasagna and roast turkey as well as a copious salad bar.
A Massachusetts elementary school has 17 teachers with certification from the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity to support students who have experienced trauma. Lauren Eramo, a fifth-grade teacher certified in the program, said students can be exposed to different traumas, including community violence, homelessness or a death in the family.
Juicing fruits and vegetables causes a loss of fiber, which could increase blood sugars more than if the produce was eaten whole, said registered dietitian nutritionist Robin Foroutan. The juice should be consumed right away because its antioxidants and enzymes become less active over time, Foroutan said.
Nestle has earmarked some $2 billion for research and development so its innovation teams can capitalize on the trends it expects to gain momentum over the next 20 years, says Doug Munk, Nestle USA's director of new business ventures. Current focus areas include such trends as keto, allergen-friendly, plant-based, CBD and food as medicine.