A Whole Foods Market store in New York City is the test site for a convenience store concept called Whole Foods Market Daily Shop. Local and organic products are paired with the ease of a convenience store, and shoppers can make their own acai bowls or get seasonal kombucha on tap.
Lidl has announced plans for 25 new East Coast locations in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The grocer anticipates having a presence in nine states with more than 100 US stores by the end of 2020.
Walmart will build new headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., on 300 acres over the next two years, and ultimately move 14,000 employees from its current digs, which were built in 1971. The new campus will feature employee perks including upgraded food offerings, child-care facilities, fitness centers and hiking and biking trails.
Some school districts in Pennsylvania are creating more environmentally conscious menus by buying local produce and meats, and planting gardens and orchards. The Mt. Lebanon School District started using less meat by launching a vegetarian breakfast-for-lunch option on Mondays, which includes pancakes, waffles and yogurt.
Snack food firm Utz Quality Foods has unveiled a new look for the Little Utz Girl logo, which has been on the firm's packaging for decades. The company is releasing a series of short videos featuring the character and her sidekick, Salty the cat.
Coca-Cola's new Signature Mixers line is rolling out in the company's original Hutchinson bottle design, which the brand debuted in 1894. "We wanted to create a special glass shape to not only delineate the new range from classic Coca-Cola but to evoke the essence of mixology's roots," said Krista Webb Carney, director of design thinking capability.
Unemployed youths, underemployed adults and former inmates could be key pools of new talent for restaurants looking to hire in a tight labor market, said panelists at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. "As we're looking at low unemployment, it's even more important to seek people where you may not have looked for them before," said Laura FitzRandolph of HMSHost.
This infographic from Branex highlights video marketing statistics and emerging trends that will continue to dominate, including live branded Q&As and 360-degree video to deliver immersive experiences. Additionally, mobile-first video will become the norm, YouTube spots will become more popular than TV ads and virtual reality video will see wider adoption, Branex predicts.
The number of schools labeled as low-performing under the Every Student Succeeds Act varies by state, according to a report from the Center on Education Policy. The report's findings are not intended to help make state-to-state comparisons, officials say, because each state has adopted a different approach to implementing ESSA.
Little Caesars is testing a plant-based sausage from Impossible Foods as a new pizza topping in three US markets. The chain is promoting the topping with a $12 Impossible Supreme Pizza that will also include onions, mushrooms and green peppers.
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