Shake Shack will open 40 new global restaurants this fiscal year and as many as 50 new locations in 2022, with a focus on expanding in Asia, CEO Randy Garutti said. New units will open in the coming months in Singapore and Macao, as well as Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou in China.
Walmart is making more of its workforce full time and said 66% of its US store hourly jobs will be full time, up from 53% five years ago, by Jan. 31. The move is in response to improved worker retention as well as the lower need for staffing at odd hours due to higher at-home deliveries.
Kroger and UK-based Ocado have opened the first of up to 20 fully automated fulfillment centers, which use artificial intelligence, robots with totes and a proprietary control system to pick and pack deliveries. "This could not come at a better time and is really helping us accelerate the growth and capture all of that growing demand from our customers," said Kroger's Yael Cosset.
With a goal of opening 1,050 stores this year, Dollar General announced it will hire 20,000 workers during spring, including store clerks, warehouse workers and truck drivers. Dollar General plans to double its store count of more than 17,000 stores.
School nutrition professionals in Missouri's Columbia Public Schools are working to serve meals to students while helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Middle- and high-school students have returned to eating in the cafeteria, with more time slots added to maintain social distancing, while elementary students are still eating in classrooms and plans are underway to shift to the cafeteria over the next few weeks.
Coca-Cola is extending its One Brand design strategy started five years ago by unifying the look of its Diet Coke, Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar brands. The redesign emphasizes the brand's classic red, removes the red disk and wave, and elevates the logo to the top of the label to signal the drinks' "uplifting" possibilities, according to a Coca-Cola statement.
Cereal sales are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.6% this year, according to Research and Markets, extending a pandemic-related sales surge sparked by consumers seeking comfort via nostalgic brands and a sense of routine by re-establishing breakfast as a family meal, said Ryan Whittaker, a consumer analyst at GlobalData. Sales of better-for-you brands are also growing with more people opting for foods that boost immunity, added Whittaker.
PepsiCo's Lifewtr bottled water brand has partnered with actress and producer Issa Rae to create more opportunities for artists from under-represented groups. The "Life Unseen" campaign includes the #LifeUnseenContest on Instagram, which invites artists to submit their work for a chance to win $10,000 and mentoring from Rae.
Chef Toni Sakaguchi from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make a classic French dessert: brown butter raspberry financiers with chocolate raspberry ganache, made with Butter of Europe. The richness of the dark chocolate and fruity tart flavor of the raspberries in the ganache is the perfect companion to these buttery financiers. To make this classic French dessert, of course Chef Toni is using French butter. The higher fat content creates a beautiful buttery flavor and texture in these financiers.
Chef Toni Sakaguchi from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make classic French madeleines made with Butter of Europe. For an unexpected twist, she is flavoring these buttery madeleines with lemon zest and cardamom, and filling them with blackberries and lemon curd. Madeleines are little French cakes with a wonderful cookie-like crust on the outside and a tender buttery cake-like crumb on the inside. Perhaps bringing back memories of childhood, you will love these airy, tender and buttery madeleines!
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