Kroger has launched its Culinary Innovation Center in Cincinnati to focus on prepared food innovation and position itself as part of the restaurant industry. The center will allow the company to test recipes for use in its meal kits, delis, in-store bistros and its Kitchen 1883 restaurant concept.
The US Senate has voted down four immigration proposals that included measures related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program originally was set to end March 5, but two federal courts have blocked such action. The Supreme Court is expected today in a closed-door meeting to consider taking up one of the lower court's opinions.
H.E. Butt Grocery is buying Favor Delivery, an Austin-based service that delivers restaurant meals and groceries across Texas. Favor will initially continue to operate as a separate subsidiary, H-E-B executives said, even as they acknowledged the major role of grocery delivery in their business plans.
Randy Papadellis will step down from his role as president and CEO of Ocean Spray Cranberries effective July 1. The company has named Chief Growth Officer Bobby Chacko its new president and chief operating officer effective immediately as it continues to work on a CEO succession program.
Kellogg has introduced two new flavors to its Cheez-It Duoz line, which combine Cheez-It crackers with either cheddar pretzels or caramel popcorn. "As food mashups become more popular, we're excited to launch two Cheez-It Duoz varieties that pair our favorite cheesy, crunchy crackers with two salty snacks to create new satisfying snacking experiences for everyone," said Cheez-It Marketing Director Jeff Delonis.
Consumers are increasingly adapting to sweeter Champagne varieties, following years of favoring dry offerings, said Benoit Gouez, chef de cave at Moet & Chandon. He also said beverage fans are enjoying Champagne in modern ways, such as over ice, particularly in warmer climates.
Danone will sell 14% of Japanese company Yakult, parting with a $1.9 billion stake in order to provide improved returns to shareholders. The deal will be finalized in March, after which Danone said it would discuss its plans for the proceeds.
Four of Union Square Hospitality Group's newest restaurants and one Shake Shack location have gone cashless, a growing trend that comes with a learning curve for some customers. Only about 11% of US consumers prefer to pay for purchases with cash, according to credit card services firm TSYS, and operators say cash-free concepts allow staffers to focus on service.
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