Taco Bell will launch a test of Crispy Tortilla Chicken at about 170 restaurants in the Houston and Dayton, Ohio, markets. The new product will be sold as either a taco filling or as chicken strips served with a spicy dipping sauce, and could roll out nationwide as soon as next summer.
Amazon is planning to grow its Go concept to the supermarket space with new stores separate from Whole Foods Market. The company is also hoping to license its technology to airport stores and kiosks, baseball stadium retail spots and movie theaters.
Some consumer packaged goods companies are abandoning validation research -- such as lengthy market studies, focus groups and product testing -- for an agile approach driven by consumer-behavior data, Christopher Doering writes. The approach has jump-started sales for Conagra's Healthy Choice brand and allowed Ferrara Candy to cost-effectively launch products faster while Mars Wrigley prefers leveraging traditional research with digital tools.
Adolescents in the UK who regularly ate breakfast performed better on standardized tests than their peers who skipped the meal, according to a study by researchers at the University of Leeds and published in Frontiers in Public Health. The researchers say the findings support the correlation between nutrition and academic performance.
There is widespread agreement that equal access to programming is needed to promote equity in education for all student groups, but disparities in spending remain due to how states approach fiscal equity. The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to include school-level spending data in their annual report cards on schools.
Demand for functional beverages is growing across demographics as a produce section must-have, says Craig Carlson of Carlson Produce Consulting. The food-as-medicine trend is driving an annual increase of 47% for these beverages in produce departments, he says.
Honest Tea is relocating its headquarters from Bethesda, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., joining parent company Coca-Cola. The move allows the brand to integrate better with Coca-Cola's tea division amid founder Seth Goldman announcing his departure last week, writes Sara Gilgore.
Yelp has launched an "Open to All" filter to help users find businesses that say they don't discriminate based on race, gender identity, religion and many other factors. More than 300,000 businesses are listed as "Open to All," and Yelp hopes more will join as users start employing the filter, which is available starting today.
Shake Shack will unveil a downtown New Orleans flagship early next month, its third restaurant in the area. The French Quarter restaurant's menu will include local beers and baked goods in addition to the brand's signature burgers.
Chef Jose Andres will open a location of his plant-based fast-casual concept Beefsteak at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine campus in Chicago this fall. Andres also plans to expand his upscale tapas concept, Jaleo, to the city next year.
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