McDonald's managers will ask restaurant employees a series of questions related to their health before the start of each shift. Those who report no symptoms or risk factors from the coronavirus will start their shifts and others will be sent home until they're cleared to work by a medical professional.
Off-premises sales were up more than double at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers over the past two weeks, after the chain closed to dine-in customers and focused on catering, takeout and delivery. The growth will help offset the loss from dining room closures and allow the chain to expand its off-premises business for the future, CEO Paul Murphy said.
Kroger said unprecedented demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak sparked a surge in sales during March, and added it is waiting to see what new shopping patterns will emerge after the pandemic. The company plans to increase pay for its hourly workers by $2 an hour through April 18.
Amazon has reportedly chosen Irvine, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles, as the site for its second concept grocery after announcing the first in nearby Woodland Hills. Amazon has posted job openings for the new store and also secured a liquor license as "Amazon Fresh," the same name as its grocery delivery service.
Looking to make life easier for health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic, a Giant Eagle store near Pittsburgh is setting aside specific times for them to pick up online grocery orders. The grocer said health care workers can order online using a special link provided to their employers, then take advantage of special curbside pickup hours between 7 and 10 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. daily.
The Anchorage School District in Alaska has established six bus routes to deliver breakfast and lunch to students and their families while schools are closed. On a recent route, the bus driver -- who wore T-shirt that said "Not Today, Satan," -- sanitized the table where they handed out the meals and asked those waiting in line to practice social distancing.
Sun-Maid Growers of California has released a packaging redesign featuring a different font, graphics and logo. The front of each package now highlights health benefits such as "made with whole fruit" and zero added sugar.
Consumer interest in the nutritional value of plant-based proteins is spurring continued innovation in the beverage sector, Donna Berry writes. New plant protein beverage offerings include almond and pumpkin seed protein-based Oath, whey-enhanced Protein 20 water and Koia Coffee, she adds.
Wildwonder, formerly called Tea Crush, is pivoting away from its branding as a sparkling tea tonic to a "sparkling superherb infusion," said founder Rosa Li. The shift includes a larger bottle size, renaming its antioxidant varieties and adding a prebiotic and probiotic line in three flavors while increasing the brand's West Coast distribution to Whole Foods stores in Northern California.
The birthplace of the bistro and brasserie, guardian to some of the Western world's greatest culinary traditions, and now the nexus of a food revolution that's changing dining trends around the globe. On this culinary tour of Paris, we'll meet a new generation of French chefs leading the "neo-bistro" movement, stopping by the city's hottest restaurants to sample these modern menus. Join us as we take a lesson from the heroes of haute cuisine, learning from Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Martin, Yannick Alleno, Pierre Herme, Christophe Adam, Emmanuel Ryon and more.
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