Dunkin' Donuts will open 50 new-format stores in the US this year, including a unit in Corona, Calif., that's set to open today. The next-generation format features nitrogen-infused cold-brew coffee, a separate pickup spot for mobile orders and outlets on the tables so customers can charge their mobile devices.
Southeastern Grocers will add three locations for its Fresco y Mas banner this April, with two planned for Tampa and one for Orlando. The stores will carry amenities tailored to the Hispanic consumers of their neighborhoods, according to the company.
Taco Bell is bringing its sauce flavors to the snack aisle this May with the launch of tortilla chips in three varieties: Mild, Fire and Classic. "This launch of our first line of sauce packet-inspired chips gives our fans a new way to access a taste of Taco Bell," said Chief Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg.
The US chocolate market is anticipated to grow 1.8% annually through 2025, at which point the category will pass the $20 billion mark, according to a report from IndexBox. The research firm expects to see higher demand for premium, organic, sugar-free and dark chocolate as consumers place a stronger emphasis on healthy products.
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Hampton Water Rose, the wine release that drew attention for its collaboration with rocker Jon Bon Jovi, already has sold its entire supply from the 2017 vintage to suppliers. The winery intends to ramp up production in the coming year to keep up with demand.
Prices for durians have dipped by as much as 40% in the past month amid a bountiful early harvest by Malaysian growers. The season usually doesn't begin until June, but unseasonable heat has ripened some varieties this month.
Massachusetts' cranberry growers face a potential 25% tariff on exports to Europe that could make their crops more expensive than the growing supply from Canada, affecting the industry for decades to come, said Rep. Bill Keating, a Democrat who co-founded the Congressional Cranberry Caucus. The state's growers produce about 15% of the world's supply, and the EU is its largest export market.
Starbucks has pledged to achieve 100% parity in male and female employees' pay in locations around the world. "It is important, as a company of our scale, to help bring more attention to this critical issue," says Lucy Helm, the company's chief partner officer.
Starbucks is taking a long-term view with investments in employee wages and benefits, including a focus on pay equity, and the company is urging shareholders to be patient as those investments are likely to keep the stock price flat in the near future, Executive Chairman Howard Schultz said at the company's annual investor meeting Wednesday. The chain is also focused on building sales by opening its mobile ordering app to customers who aren't loyalty program members.
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