Research shows that air quality and air conditioning in schools can affect academic outcomes for students. Some schools in California that used air filters had higher test scores than schools that did not, according to a small study by a researcher at New York University.
Starbucks has outlined new sustainability goals aimed at making the coffee giant "resource positive" in areas including carbon emissions, waste and water. "By embracing a longer-term economic, equitable and planetary value proposition for our company, we will create greater value for all stakeholders," CEO Kevin Johnson said when announcing the new goals, which the company plans to formalize by March 2021.
Ruby Tuesday restaurants will serve the plant-based Awesome Burger from Nestle-owned Sweet Earth as an off-menu option through the middle of March. About 450 Ruby Tuesday eateries will offer the burger, which is made with yellow pea protein and other plant ingredients.
Keeping costs down with a no-frills approach while increasing the variety of products available and sprucing up its stores has helped ALDI grow from 1,600 stores in 2017 to nearly 2,000 in 36 states by the end of 2020. The grocer is almost three years into a $5.3 billion expansion and renovation plan, and its revamped stores, which feature more fresh foods and produce, have seen traffic jump by 30% to 40%, according to store officials.
What started in 1980 as a small grocery has blossomed into the Northgate Gonzalez Market, which today is a Southern California staple with 41 stores. The family chain recently expanded into Riverside, with its new store serving locations in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, which employ a workforce of almost 6,000.
The Trump administration has proposed changes relaxing nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, permitting schools to reduce fruit servings in breakfasts, offer burgers or pizzas as a la carte food items and provide potatoes as a daily vegetable. The proposed rules, which US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said seek to curb food waste and paperwork, may encourage youths to opt for foods with increased calories, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Clorox is refining its marketing approach by cutting back on media spend and fine-tuning its targeting with a focus on YouTube ads and a new influencer advisory council, which will help co-create promotions and offer content insight, writes Kristina Monllos. The goal is to make YouTube and other content "more human, more authentic and less obvious in our approach towards driving demand," said US vice president of Clorox's cleaning division, Magnus Jonsson.
Several casual dining chains have created fast-casual concepts in an effort to stay competitive, including sibling chains Applebee's and IHOP. Outback Steakhouse and Cheesecake Factory are also experimenting with spinoff fast-casual formats.
With more retail workers looking for jobs that are flexible and engaging, many retailers are turning to technology-based management systems that offer planning, forecasting and scheduling benefits for both labor and management. Walmart, for example, recently debuted a new scheduling system that allows store associates to use an app to see schedules and pick up shifts, a move that many managers say is saving up to eight hours a week in back-office time.
Recent product launches include the first gluten-free line from Campbell Soup's Pepperidge Farm brand with Farmhouse Thin & Crispy cookies in two flavors and the Daily Probiotics yogurt drink line from Stonyfield Organic. Natural Intentions is rolling out Beyond Churros, a line of vegan snack bites, while Two Chicks Jerky is adding turkey in two flavors, as well as a new beef flavor: carne asada.
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