Target's new in-house brand, Good & Gather, represents the retailer's push to capture the high-quality food market. As part of the rollout, the company will phase out older house brands like Archer Farms and Simply Balanced while scaling back Market Pantry.
Changes in Americans' breakfast habits have contributed to a yearslong decline in cold cereal sales, and food manufacturers are trying several strategies to regain market share. Kellogg is standardizing its box sizes, and it and General Mills are introducing new products and flavors.
The lunch menu for the Craven County School District in New Bern, N.C., includes foods -- including kale salad -- that students selected during a survey last year. "At the end of the day, when we listen to them and give them the things that they like, they realize that we're doing this for them, and they feel more empowered to make decisions," said registered dietitian nutritionist Lauren Weyand, the district's nutrition director.
Hershey is investing in Fulfil, a line of high-protein, low-sugar bars available in the UK and Ireland, and New York-based Blue Stripes Cacao Shop, founded by cacao entrepreneur Oded Brenner. "Successful companies evolve and engage consumers in new and different ways," says Mary Beth West, chief growth officer at Hershey.
Kroger's Kroger Express, pickup service and Our Brands offerings will be available in 35 Walgreens in Knoxville, Tenn., this fall. The expanded partnership will also see a selection of Walgreens' owned-brand health and beauty products enter 17 Kroger stores.
American wine country extends far beyond Napa, Calif., with at least 10 other low-profile wine regions worthy of a visit dotted across the country, Autumn Jones writes. Among them are Geneva, Ohio; Arrington, Tenn.; and Lincolnville, Maine, she writes.
Companies can foster innovation by having a point person who handles new ideas, a system to develop them and a reward program that gives employees the incentive to bring ideas forward, writes Idea Drop CEO Owen Hunnam. "The focus should be on creating an encouraging environment, so there is a better use of existing talent," he writes.
Leaders can relieve stress and make better decisions if they pause -- for even a few minutes -- before taking action, says Charles Fred, co-founder of TrueSpace. "The discipline of pause is a simple, yet profound concept that enables us to gain control over what we already can control, which also has a significant impact on our ability to lead," he says.
Restaurant and bar sales are up more than 4% over last year, Census Bureau data shows, and overall restaurant sales are on track to grow 3.6% to a record $863 billion in 2019, according to the National Restaurant Association. "There are two important drivers for the industry from a consumer perspective -- convenience and socialization," said Hudson Riehle, the association's senior vice president of research.
McDonald's has launched a coffee giveaway promotion as part of the brand refresh for its 10-year-old McCafe line. On Wednesday, the company will give out 500 McCafe It Forward cards to people identified as do-gooders in their communities, who will be able to use the cards for a free coffee and then pass them on to pay it forward before midnight on Friday.
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