Restaurant Week launched in 1992 as a way to give New York City's eateries a boost during traditionally slow times, and in the years since the tradition has spread to markets across the country. This year, the pandemic has cities and restaurants rethinking the event, with some opting out, others rescheduling and some still unsure about what to do.
Instacart will offer its full-service shoppers a $25 stipend if they miss a shift to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dollar General has also announced this week that it will give front-line employees four hours of paid time off so they can get the vaccine, and the company is working on a similar program for its distribution and transportation workers.
Former Kroger CEO Lyle Everingham, who died Jan. 6 at age 94, started his career as a clerk and guided the company through some of its most difficult days. This obituary recounts Everingham's iconic career, including how he fought off a takeover attempt in 1988 and subsequently built Kroger into an industry powerhouse before retiring in 1990.
Nearly two-thirds of shoppers say they will continue to have groceries delivered even after the pandemic ebbs, according to a survey from LendingTree. That survey, along with a number of others released recently, show that while many people initially considered grocery delivery a pandemic "splurge," they plan to continue spending on the service in the future.
Nebraska would establish a Farm to School Network under legislation introduced Thursday by state Sen. Tom Brandt. The proposed network would connect administrators and school nutrition professionals with area farmers and other producers to supply locally sourced food for school meals.
A study published in the Communicable Diseases Intelligence journal exploring the impact of COVID-19 on diseases revealed a decrease in foodborne-related infections in Australia in 2020. Foodborne cases like salmonellosis, Campylobacteriosis and Listeriosis experienced a decline, most likely because of health measures adopted during the pandemic, including social distancing and a closure of restaurants, according to researchers.
Food Dive has published a tracker that provides updates on the rollout schedule of the COVID-19 vaccination for each state. The objective is to provide the food industry with clarification on an inoculation plan that has been riddled with confusion.
Clorox's Hidden Valley Ranch brand has launched a vegan version of its classic ranch dressing. Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch is available in select retail locations with a nationwide launch to follow in April.
Skin health is a top issue for consumers, with 62% stating the coronavirus pandemic has caused more problems with their skin such as dryness and itchiness, according to a Harris Poll conducted for L'Oreal's CeraVe brand. The study also finds 67% have resolved to adopt a skin care routine in 2021, and CeraVe has responded by offering tips on the brand's social media accounts.
Unilever's Magnum ice cream brand has proven its commitment to a circular economy by using more than 352,000 pounds of recycled plastic in its tubs since August. Unilever partnered with chemical producer SABIC to develop the first food-grade packaging solution that incorporates recycled polypropylene content, said Sanjeev Das, Unilever's global packaging director of foods and refreshment.