Dunkin' Donuts' newest restaurant set to open in Quincy, Mass., today will be the second to be named simply Dunkin'. The location will also test new features including multiple drive-thru lanes, the company said.
Fairway Market will work with FutureProof Retail to deploy an app that allows customers to scan their items for line-free checkout. The app should add convenience for customers and free up more time for staff members to serve them, said Dorothy Carlow, chief marketing officer of Fairway.
Amazon could become the largest grocery retailer by 2030, especially if it continues to boost its growth through acquisitions, according to business analyst Brittain Ladd. Amazon needs to grow its grocery infrastructure and could do so by acquiring another national chain such as Target, Ladd said.
After investing almost $150 million in Utz Quality Foods 15 months ago, private equity company Metropoulos & Co. has sold its stake back to Utz. The snack-maker aims to boost its manufacturing capacity, move into new product categories and expand to new markets, said President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Flocco.
PepsiCo is rolling out its new "Pepsi Generations" campaign, which includes retro beverage packaging, throwback ad campaigns and a revival of its Pepsi Stuff loyalty program. As part of the rewards platform, fans can collect Pepsi Points and redeem them for items including vintage hats, coolers and bikes.
Mediterranean fast-casual chain Zoes Kitchen has created a new prototype in North Carolina, the fourth footprint since the 247-unit chain's launch in 1995. The new unit features sleek glass details, communal dining arrangements, an open kitchen and a section to highlight wine and seasonal sangrias.
Adam Fleischman dropped plans to become a journalist to pursue a passion for wine, then sold his two wine bars to start fast-casual Umami Burger in 2009. Since then, he co-created a second concept, pizza chain 800 Degrees, and he has a slate of other innovations on the drawing board.
Houston this week is getting a grocery that specializes in Italian items from local restaurateur Louie Comella, and it will deliver food to nearby areas. "There are a lot of unique retail we will be offering that no one else in the area currently does," Comella said.
Students in a Connecticut school district who cannot afford to pay for lunch can get help through a student-created program called "Lunch Love," which encourages students to decorate paper hearts and donate to the cause. The program raised $2,000 during November.
While school was closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday, students from a school in Baltimore helped prepare meals for the less fortunate. Officials say families prepared between 250 and 300 meals during the day of service.
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