Hy-Vee will open 26 Wahlburgers restaurant locations in the eight states where it does business without putting the burger joints in its stores, but it will carry some of the chain's products. The grocer decided to join the burger business after receiving many social media requests when it featured Mark Wahlberg's sports nutrition products, CEO Randy Edeker said.
Kroger's deal with high-tech British retailer Ocado could lead to orders for its ClickList service being fulfilled in warehouses instead of on store floors, company executives said. "Obviously, this is built as our online deliver-to-home solution in the US," said Kroger's John Schlotman of the Ocado technology.
Driven by growing consumer demand for transparency, Procter & Gamble is disclosing the ingredients used in the majority of its 3,500 products by employing SmartLabel. "[W]e are committed to making information more transparent for those who use our products," said Kathy Fish, P&G's chief research, development and innovation officer.
Restaurant jobs can offer young people training, workplace skills and self-confidence in a world faced with growing global uncertainty, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in her keynote at the National Restaurant Association's annual show. "Not everybody has to go to college. Everyone has to have a job," she said.
Students in Hawaii will have access to free meals over the summer at 68 public schools through the Seamless Summer Option. Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of the Office of School Facilities and Support Services, said that summer can be a meal "gap" for students and the program seeks to solve that problem.
Candy companies are offering a sneak peek at the new products they plan to debut this week at the National Confectioners Association's 2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. Among the launches are Starburst Gummies Sour Berries, Juicy Fruit Collisions gum, SweeTarts Gummies and Big Chewy Nerds.
Coca-Cola is rolling out its Simply Light line of juices in four flavors, featuring reduced sugar and calories compared to the company's standard Simply line. "We know consumers are increasingly looking for lower-calorie, lower-sugar beverages, and that their options in the juice category are limited," said Brand Director Kelly Marx of the company's decision to release the new product range.
When using technological tools to serve customers, it's also important to leverage generational insights to help introduce human elements to the overall consumer experience, said Gwen Brannon, Coca-Cola's director of guest insights and analytics. "Just throwing one more app out there is not enough," she said during a recent presentation at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago.
Pol Roger was the official Champagne of the recent wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and British sparkling wines likely had a presence at Buckingham Palace during the wedding lunch, writes Elva Ramirez. Chapel Down is an example of a part of the British sparkling wine movement, which has benefited from England's more volatile winters and springs in recent years.
Magnum is launching a pop-up store in New York City this June where customers can add custom toppings to the company's ice cream chocolate bars. The dipping bar will include 20 ingredients for customers to choose from.
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