Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will focus on off-premise sales including catering, takeout and its heat-and-serve program to boost sales and market share, said CEO Sandra Cochran. Off-premise accounted for 7% of Cracker Barrel's 2016 sales, and the programs grew further in the first quarter of this year.
Students in a Missouri elementary school are learning about healthy cooking as part of the after-school "Kids in the Kitchen" program, which teaches students and parents how to prepare meals using fresh produce.
Chobani's Flip line achieved a 70% growth rate last year due to its strength in the snacking category, and the company aims to boost distribution to new channels in the near future, said Chobani President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Brown. The Almond Coco Loco variety of Flip is now the top SKU in the overall US yogurt market, he added.
The North American market remains a stronghold for Coca-Cola, with big growth projected in tea and coffee, as well as for the brand's sparkling beverages, said incoming Coca-Cola North America President Jim Dinkins. "North America is a big market with big opportunity," he said.
Inspiration for menu innovation can be found in unexpected international additions like savory yogurt, sambal, harissa and aji peppers, write Amanda Baltazar, Connie Gentry, Amelia Levin and Beverly Stephen. Smoked desserts, poke, rabbit and jackfruit are also finding traction among today's diners.
Big harvests and rising imports have created an oversupply of cranberries, and US processors are seeking the Agriculture Department's approval to turn excess fruit into fertilizer, a first for the cranberry industry. "The order will allow the industry to get back into supply-and-demand balance," said Ocean Spray Cranberries executive Kellyanne Dignan.
While both field and conventional blends are made from a combination of grape varieties, the different grapes in field blends are grown side-by-side in the vineyard, then harvested and made into wine together. Using this method requires perfect timing since the grapes have different ripening cycles.
Some 87% of adult consumers are impacted by sustainability-related efforts, according to a new report from The Hartman Group. Although consumers in the past typically equated sustainability with environmentalism, today's shoppers think of the term as encompassing a broader concept that includes health, wellness and personal benefits, writes Laurie Demeritt, CEO of The Hartman Group.
McDonald's new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders have proved so popular that restaurants keep running out of them, the company said. The chain will pull them from the menu and gear up for a relaunch in late December.
Restoration Hardware's new $26 million RH West Palm Beach gallery includes a rooftop restaurant atop four floors of high-end furniture, fixtures and other home goods. The eatery, created by Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, includes a wrap-around patio and wine bar.
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