Rouses Markets of Louisiana has grown from 16 stores to 55 since 2007, and CEO Donny Rouse discusses the risks and rewards associated with that type of rapid growth. Rouse also explains how the company excels in seafood sales because of its commitment to fresh and local items from Gulf fishermen.
Consumers are interested in skipping the grocery checkout, the kind of experience that Amazon's Go stores provide, according to a survey from Shorr Packaging. Consumers overwhelmingly liked the idea of a cashier-free checkout, even at a greater expense, with only baby boomers less enthusiastic about the idea.
Taxes on sweetened drinks don't spur a decrease in overall calories consumed, says Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey. "There was a recent study done on the California tax that the sugary, sparkling beverages went down, but actually people bought other food and beverages and so their total calories actually went up, so it's not going to help solve it," he said.
Gatorade created a moving salute to Serena Williams as she competed in the Wimbledon final Saturday. The brand released a video, "Like a Mother," which shows Williams' accomplishments, accompanied by a voiceover by her mother, Oracene Price.
School nutrition professionals from across the country gathered recently at the School Nutrition Association conference in Las Vegas to learn more about grab-and-go food items, such as blender-less smoothies. "It's not just about meeting a nutrition standard," said Lynn Harvey, 2017-18 president of the School Nutrition Association. "It's about making sure the food is appealing and enjoyable."
Students at an elementary school in Virginia will learn lessons in language arts, math, science and social studies through a project focused on making different kinds of bread. Kristie Obrecht, the school's librarian and gifted-education teacher, received a $1,675 grant for the project, which she plans to start in September.
After acquiring Sweet Earth Foods in late 2017, Nestle has increased production for the brand's products and expects to grow distribution by more than 4,000 locations by the end of this year. "Part of our agenda is to mainstream healthier eating options, so our ability to get products out there in more places where consumers can touch them is really important," said Sweet Earth Foods CEO Kelly Swette.
Baskin-Robbins has added a line of milkshakes featuring confections such as Charms Fluffy Stuff cotton candy, Airheads Xtreme candy strips, Oreo cookies and Dunkin' Donuts doughnut holes to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Meanwhile, The Cheesecake Factory has rolled out Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake and Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake, while Dairy Queen's new Oreo Firework Blizzard includes Oreos and red and blue popping candy.
Cookbook author Alison Roman gives her top tips for creating a lattice crust in her recipe for a strawberry-lemon lattice crust pie. Using a ruler creates even strips of dough, and scraps trimmed from the edge can come in handy for patching a torn crust.
Classic cocktails can retain their charm even when concocted using versions that are less potent so consumers won't have to stop at one. For many of these recipes, splitting the base spirit with something that has a lower alcohol content does the trick.
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