A new breed of New York City quickserve is serving generous portions of affordably priced, chef-created pasta dishes such as fusilli with basil pesto and whole grain rigatoni with meat ragu. "Everything up until where you order is cooked like a very traditional restaurant. It's just that the service is lightning-fast," said Pasta Flyer chef Mark Ladner.
Publix, Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Albertsons and Kroger were all named as the food retailer of choice among shoppers in several states, according to a list compiled by mobile app Foursquare. The list detailed the most popular food retailer in each US state and Washington, D.C.
A study of some schools in Texas finds that students who participate in recess before lunch may eat more of their food and perform better in school. Ector County Independent School District Director of School Nutrition Katy Taylor says some schools may factor the study's findings into scheduling next year.
Conagra Brands has proposed a $500 million redevelopment plan to remake its campus in downtown Omaha, Neb., over a 10-year period starting in 2019. "This is a turning point for the 1,200 Conagra employees who work on the campus and all of us who live and work in Omaha," said Mayor Jean Stothert.
Final bids are reportedly due this week for Unilever's spreads division, which includes brands such as Flora and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. The spreads unit is said to be worth approximately $8 billion.
Firmenich has named fig its 2018 flavor of the year, citing the fruit's connotations of healthfulness and authenticity. With 80% global growth in fig-flavored products from 2012-16, figs are well-positioned to be represented in both savory and sweet products, said Chris Millington of Firmenich.
Ferrero Rocher has opened a pop-up immersion in London dedicated to the tastes that make up the layers of the gold foil-wrapped candy. Guests of Ferrero Rocher: Behind the Layers are treated to a two-story experience that includes five desserts developed by chef Paul Hannagen.
Coca-Cola vet Calin Dragan has been named president of the company's Bottling Investments Group, effective Jan. 1. Dragan will succeed Irial Finan, who will serve as an executive adviser until his retirement from the company in March.
National Beverage Corp. is introducing a new shelf-placement strategy in a bid to revolutionize sparkling water sales. The company plans to position its products, which include LaCroix and Shasta sparkling water, according to the new "shelf demographics" concept, meant to reach new users through local targeting, said CEO Nick Caporella.
The US and Canada produce around 85% of the world's cranberries, and Wisconsin farmers grow about 60% of the US crop. Currently there's an oversupply of the fruit, which has growers seeking out new uses to increase domestic demand and exploring possible markets for exports.
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