The viral "Storm Area 51" event may have been officially cancelled but Arby's and Bud Light are continuing their support of related celebrations, with the former's sandwich truck headed to the Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev., for a "Storm Area 51 Basecamp" event, where it will serve products such as the E.T. Slider. Bud Light is sponsoring a Las Vegas "Area 51 Celebration," has created alien-themed cans for sale in Nevada, Arizona and California and unveiled a beer fridge that can only be opened by extraterrestrials.
Stop & Shop has added The Mini Bakery from Wilkinson Baking Co. at a store in Massachusetts. The Mini Bakery machine, also known as "The Breadbot," can freshly bake 10 loaves of artisan bread every hour.
Albertsons is expanding its ExxonMobil fuel rewards program to 15 states on the East Coast. The Gas Rewards program is available through Safeway, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market stores, and can be redeemed at around 1,500 Exxon and Mobil stations.
Amazon has grown its cashierless Amazon Go concept to 16 stores in the last two years with a strong focus on grab-and-go, and the online retail giant continues to expand the concept. Meanwhile, traditional food retailers including Kroger, Tom Thumb and Market Street have been upping their investments in prepared foods since 2015.
Students in a Missouri school district who participate in after-school activities, such as sports and clubs, will be able to take a grab-and-go meal as part of the new Child and Adult Care Food Program. Officials say the program will help students and families who need more support.
Impossible Foods' Impossible Burger is entering retail for the first time with a launch in Southern California's Gelson's Market chain. The plant-based meat alternative company said that the product will also be released to more retail locations later this month.
The personal-care appliance market is expected to grow from $20 billion to $30 billion by 2025, according to a Global Market Insights report, and specific categories such as oral care products and rechargeable battery-powered devices are experiencing heightened interest. Several industry leaders are investing in research and development to expand their brands globally, the report also notes.
Both coasts will have access to California-based Perricone Juices following the beverage company's purchase of the remaining shares of the Lambeth Groves juice brand in Florida. Perricone produces five flavors of fresh organic and non-organic juice, as well as essential citrus oils.
Mars Wrigley is accepting proposals for research that focuses on chocolate manufacturing and/or the history of chocolate with rewards starting at $30,000. Submissions for The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant may be entered at the American Heritage Chocolate website until Dec. 30.
Cadbury has released a Christmas Cottage Kit that includes three varieties of its Dairy Milk bars, decorations and icing for sale online. The kit also includes Cadbury's new Dairy Milk with Gingerbread bars, available for purchase separately for a limited time.
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