Home goods retailer Crate & Barrel will expand its in-store restaurant concept, The Table at Crate, to as many as 15 locations after the first proved popular in Chicago. The concept, created in partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, shows off the retailer's kitchen and dining products, nearly all of which are for sale.
Pizza Hut has partnered with Cheez-It to launch the Stuffed Cheez-It pizza, a limited-time menu item that's made to look like a larger version of the cheese cracker. The snack comes stuffed with either plain cheese or pepperoni and cheese, with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, and the restaurant will sell four for $6.49.
Martha Stewart will oversee the grand opening of the first Stew Leonard's store in New Jersey this month. The opening marks the grocer's seventh location, with the last store opening on Long Island, N.Y., in August 2017.
The Fresh Market has expanded its extensive private label assortment with items like potato chips, organic peanut butter, salsa, frozen pizzas and seasonal pumpkin-flavored products. The company has also updated its private label packaging for a more contemporary aesthetic.
One Brands is debuting One Plant, a line of plant-based protein bars, next month in two flavors: chocolate peanut butter and banana nut bread. "The industry has been experiencing significant demand for plant-based alternatives from consumers," said One Brands CEO Peter Burns.
A Louisiana elementary school is using peanut-free tables at lunch to keep students allergic to the legume safe from cross-contamination. Officials also monitor homemade snacks to make sure they are free of peanuts or tree nuts, and the district hopes to provide each school with a supply of epinephrine to use in case a student has a severe allergic reaction.
Following availability in Europe, Coca-Cola-owned Honest Tea is launching ready-to-drink Honest Cold Brew Coffee in the US next year in three flavors. Honest is also entering the chilled-tea category with two flavors of Honest Organic Cold Brew Tea in a multiserve size.
Beverage brands must continue meeting consumer demand for functionality and variety with a keen focus on other categories veering into their lane, writes Beth Newhart. "So everyone needs to think about their competitive set widening as the market develops and those lines between categories blur," says Ross Smith, consumer insight director at Kantar.
Unilever has revealed that the company has reached its goal of using renewable grid electricity for powering each of its sites a few months ahead of the 2020 target. The company says energy-conservation efforts have produced a 28% reduction in consumption.
From pop-up events to sneakers, Arizona Iced Tea has leveraged its iconic 99-cent price to spearhead consumer outreach, writes Oliver AcAteer. "Our price point has become synonymous with our brand, and we thought why not use that as a marketing platform," says Welsey Vultaggio, Arizona's creative director and son of founder Don Vultaggio.
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