High Bluff Capital Partners will acquire Atlanta-based Church's Chicken from FFL Partners for an undisclosed amount. High Bluff's growing restaurant portfolio under its REGO Restaurant Group arm includes Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, and the Church's deal will add 1,500 units around the world that collectively generated $1.2 billion in sales last year.
Amazon Prime shoppers who order grocery deliveries from Whole Foods Markets in five US cities will pay a $9.95 service fee starting Aug. 30. The retailer said the fees imposed in Boston, Chicago, Manchester, N.H.; Portland, Maine; and Providence, R.I., are being tested as a way to cover higher operating costs without raising food prices.
Target, CVS and Walmart will begin testing sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic bags, with the goal to eventually roll out winning solutions to stores and delivery platforms. The pilot program is part of the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag, managed by Closed Loop Partners, which began last summer and has received a $15 million collective commitment from the three retailers.
PepsiCo is selling Tropicana, Naked Juice and other North American juice brands to private equity firm PAI Partners to focus on growing its better-for-you portfolio, which includes zero-calorie beverages, said CEO Ramon Laguarta. PepsiCo will assume a 39% stake in a joint venture with PAI "to drive additional long-term growth for these beloved brands," said Laguarta in a statement.
Advocates for children are asking Congress to permanently extend access to free school meals that have been permitted because of a pandemic-related USDA waiver. Ashley Wheeland, director of public policy for nonprofit Hunger Free Colorado, said universal school meals help curb hunger, reduce the stigma associated with free meals and improve outcomes for students.
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division has added two flavors to its Doritos line: Tangy Pickle and Tangy Ranch. Both varieties are offered in 9.25- and 2.75-ounce sizes.
Nixie Sparkling Water, an organic brand committed to sustainability, has added the Strawberry Hibiscus flavor to its lineup. The brand has already reached its eight-year sales goal after launching last year with a retail footprint of more than 7,500 locations, said CEO Nicole Bernard Dawes.
More restaurants across the country are now requiring dine-in customers to show proof that they've received the COVID-19 vaccine. Restaurateurs are taking the proactive step in an effort to avoid the strict lockdown measures of last year that led the industry to lose 2.5 million jobs and $240 billion collectively, according to National Restaurant Association data.
Around the country, several states and jurisdictions including Louisiana and parts of California have reinstated mask mandates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus drives a rise in new cases. McDonald's announced that it will once again require all employees and customers to don masks in restaurants located in areas where COVID-19 cases are increasing.
The Cheesecake Factory will debut a loyalty program next year developed in large part using consumer research that has been gathered during the pandemic. The chain, which is generating around 27% of its sales from off-premises orders, also has plans to revamp its website with a focus on commerce.
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