JBS Pulls Plug on Planterra Foods U.S. Plant-Based Meat Operation

Meat giant JBS has pulled the plug on its US plant-based meat division Planterra Foods just over two years after debuting the ‘OZO’ brand at Kroger in summer 2020, and is closing a 189,000 square foot factory it opened in Denver in December 2021.

The move was first reported by the on Saturday, a day after the company filed a notice of its plans with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

‘We continue to believe in the potential of plant-based options for consumers’...


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Kareem Daniel Elected to McDonald's Board of Directors

McDonald's Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Kareem Daniel as an independent Director of the Board, effective October 1, 2022.

Mr. Daniel currently serves as Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution at The Walt Disney Company, where he leads the organization that delivers Disney's storytelling to fans and families around the world. In this role, he is responsible for driving the overall growth and profitability of Disney's global media businesses, including its streaming services – Disney+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+ – which combined have more than 220...

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Oct 3 9:19 AM, General News

Applebee’s® Doubles Down on Game Day with Five Boneless Wings for $1 with ANY Handcrafted Burger

The fan-favorite deal at Applebee’s has returned just in time for football season AND with two new Handcrafted Burgers added to our menu! Order any one of Applebee’s juicy Handcrafted Burgers, including two NEW mouthwatering burgers – Bourbon Street Mushroom Swiss Burger and Neighborhood Double Burger – and add a plate of 5 Boneless Wings for only $1 more!* Enjoy these great savings with family and friends for Dine-In, To Go, and Delivery.

Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer...

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Oct 3 8:50 AM, General News

Pete Davidson Apologizes on Behalf of Taco Bell For Going Too Far With Breakfast Innovation

Taco Bell is here to acknowledge it might've taken innovation to unwelcomed heights with some of its past breakfast creations (looking at you, Naked Egg Taco and Waffle Taco). Perfectly in line with its brand DNA, the taco connoisseur delivered revolutionary menu innovations to the morning masses by doing the absolute most. But in retrospect, when it came to living más just after getting out of bed, some of these breakfast offerings went, well… a little too far on the Live Más scale...

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Oct 3 9:39 AM, General News

Just Ahead of Thanksgiving, Record Turkey and Egg Prices Indicate Strain on Poultry Sector

The effects of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), inflation and more in turkey and other poultry markets

Fall has arrived and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As many begin planning for the holiday meal, one of the questions being asked is, “Will there be enough turkeys to go around for Thanksgiving?” There are many factors fueling this question. High prices, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and inflation have garnered attention from consumers and media nationwide. This Market Intel will address the current issues influencing the turkey industry and what consumers can expect as we edge closer to Thanksgiving and beyond...

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Sep 30 9:57 AM, General News

Kroger Joins White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, outlined new efforts in its quest to fight hunger and create healthier communities during the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health convened by President Joe Biden.

Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen participated in the Conference aimed at ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity among Americans.

"We are proud to join the White House and dozens of public, private and non-profit organizations who share our longstanding commitments to end hunger, eliminate food waste, and improve health and nutrition for..." 

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Sep 30 8:00 AM, General News

Blue Apron’s Annual Thanksgiving Menu is Back with More Options Than Ever Before

Blue Apron brings back its annual Thanksgiving menu with more options than ever before, available with or without a subscription. Designed to simplify holiday meal planning, customers can choose a classic turkey dinner as well as a vegetarian meal that comes with the option of adding a mustard glazed baked ham. In addition, holiday-inspired Add-ons will be available to mix-and-match so customers can build a feast tailored to varying party sizes.

“Our extensive Thanksgiving menu features easy-to-prepare recipes..."

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Sep 29 9:33 AM, General News

California Pizza Kitchen is Boycotting Pizza During National Pizza Month

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the creator of California style pizza, is tossing pizza to the side during National Pizza Month in favor of spotlighting its extensive array of non-pizza menu items. Any guest who skips ordering pizza and instead chooses to order a CPK salad, pasta, entrée, or the new “West Coast Burger” will be rewarded with a complimentary seven-inch pizza that can be redeemed on their next visit. CPK is giving guests a free pizza for NOT ordering pizza!

The month-long boycott is a lighthearted jab...

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Sep 29 9:29 AM, General News

AMERICAN EGG BOARD MEDIA STATEMENT: Eggs are a “Healthy Food” in New Proposed FDA Definition

“Eggs are a ‘healthy food,’ according to a new proposed definition released today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This proposed definition is more good news for egg lovers as it affirms the science showing that eggs are an all-around nutrient powerhouse, supplying nutrients such as choline, vitamin D, and essential fatty acids that are necessary for healthy living.

This new proposed definition aligns with current scientific research and the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by removing the limit on dietary cholesterol...

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Sep 29 9:21 AM, General News

Taco Bell® Turns National Taco Day Into Month Long Celebration with Return of Taco Lover's Pass

To celebrate National Taco Day, Taco Bell is firing up celebrations for the supreme holiday this year! Taco Bell is determined to make National Taco Day a month's long celebration with the limited-time return of its digital taco subscription, Taco Lover's Pass*. Available exclusively on the Taco Bell app for Rewards members for only one day, October 4, the Taco Lover's Pass allows fans to redeem one of seven iconic tacos a day for 30 consecutive days all for $10...

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Sep 29 9:06 AM, General News

Smithfield Foods to White House: We're Committed to Ending Food Insecurity

Smithfield Foods, an American food company and one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein producers, submitted commitments to fighting hunger and food insecurity to the White House in advance of its Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, which will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The company has pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades and has made long-term commitments to improve food access and affordability, integrate nutrition and health and empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Taco Bell Fans Vote Between The Double Decker Taco & Enchirito On Which Will Briefly Return to Menu

Two of the most requested menu items will face off in Taco Bell's first-ever in-app vote as Rewards members determine which will return for a limited time

Following years of pleas and requests to bring back former menu items, Taco Bell is introducing a unique in-app voting experience* that puts the power to decide in the palm of its most loyal fans for the first time in the brand's history. The matchup pits two fan-favorites against each other and...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Buona Expands Its Fast Casual Italian Beef Restaurant with Crafted Franchise Partner Program

Largest Family-Owned and Operated Italian Beef Restaurant Now Franchising, Unique Opportunity for Experienced Entrepreneurs, Investors who Share Buona Values

Buona, maker of Chicago's original Italian beef, has today announced the expansion of the Buona family with its new franchise partner program, Chicago's Original Italian Beef Franchising LLC. The program brings Buona's diverse menu offerings, anchored by its award-winning Italian Beef, to high-growth markets in the Midwest, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona. It provides experienced entrepreneurs and seasoned investors the opportunity to...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

TGI Fridays® Celebrates the "Season of Saucy" with a Must-Have Food & Drink Menu

TGI Fridays and Jamie Foxx's BSB - Brown Sugar Bourbon are ringing in fall with a menu of food and drink offerings that are sure to make the season saucier. Inspired by the smooth, slightly sweet flavors of Foxx's BSB, TGI Fridays created its newest BBQ sauce, aptly named Foxx on the Roxx and is offering it up on a saucy lineup of signature menu items and pairing it with a new crafted cocktail.

The new Foxx on the Roxx BBQ Sauce...

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Sep 28 8:00 AM, General News

Boarderie Offers First and Only Pre-Assembled Cheese and Charcuterie Boards, Shipped Nationwide

Gift better with hand-selected artisan cheeses, meats, dried fruits, nuts and chocolates artfully arranged on a keepsake Acacia wood board that arrives pre-assembled and ready-to-share

Boarderie, the first and only company delivering a delightfully simple way to give and share pre-arranged, catering-quality cheese and charcuterie boards, today announced its direct-to-consumer website is live. Founded in fall 2020 and uniting everyday convenience with gourmet artistry, their expert team sources the highest-quality, artisan inspired ingredients from around the world for...

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Sep 27 1:00 PM, General News

REPORTER: Egg Replacements Are Mostly Off The Menu After This Year’s Bird Flu

This article was originally featured in the Fall 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.

When highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) began to spread in the spring of this year, so too did concerns about the potential for demand destruction in the egg-products sector. Harkening back to the bird flu of 2015, egg processors were fearful that high prices and a lack of availability would once again prompt food manufacturers and foodservice operators to reduce or remove the amount of...

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Sep 27 10:24 AM, Urner Barry

SpartanNash Welcomes Nicole Zube as SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer

Food solutions company SpartanNash today announced Nicole Zube as its new Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately. Zube joins SpartanNash from Kellogg Company, where she most recently served as Head of HR – U.S. Commercial.

“Nicole is an accomplished people leader with invaluable experience managing a large-scale, global workforce within the food industry,” said SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam. “Throughout her career, Nicole has demonstrated passion and commitment to creating an outstanding associate experience, and we are thrilled to have her join SpartanNash as we continue our work..."

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Sep 27 9:57 AM, General News

McDonald's USA x Cactus Plant Flea Market

Everyone remembers their first Happy Meal® as a kid... and the can't-sit-still feeling as you dug in to see what was inside. That little red box could turn a regular Tuesday into the best. day. ever. And now, we're reimagining that experience in a whole new way – this time, for adults.

Introducing: the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box, a first-of-its-kind collaboration made exclusively for McDonald's fans by one of the most important brands in culture. It all starts with the box, which has been totally redesigned in...

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Sep 27 9:35 AM, General News

Chipotle Pilots Advanced Tehnology to Enhance the Employee and Guest Experience

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is piloting advanced technologies to enhance its employee and guest experience by streamlining operations and reducing friction. The company recently began piloting two new technologies in its restaurants to deliver precise forecasting, optimal quality, and increased convenience for digital guests.

Kitchen Management System
In select Southern California restaurants, Chipotle is piloting a cook to needs kitchen management system that provides demand-based cooking and ingredient preparation forecasts to optimize throughput and freshness while minimizing food waste. Leveraging AI and machine learning, the system...

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Sep 27 9:15 AM, General News

Cracker Barrel Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results and Provides Fiscal 2023 Outlook

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 ended July 29, 2022.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights

- The Company reported fourth quarter total revenue of $830.4 million. Compared to the prior year fourth quarter, total revenue increased 5.9%.
- Comparable store restaurant sales increased 6.1%, while comparable store retail sales increased 3.0%.

- GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $33.0 million, or 4.0% of total revenue, and adjusted1 operating income was $36.2 million, or...

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Sep 27 9:05 AM, General News

REPORTER: The Scariest Thing This Season? High Prices

This article was originally featured in the Fall 2022 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. Want a FREE subscription? Click HERE.

There is no denying that the pandemic changed the way we shop for groceries. According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index report released in March, in 2020 online grocery sales increased 103% year-over-year to $73.7 billion. And while it was initially a safer way to shop, it also became a more convenient way to shop. Even when restrictions were lifted, shoppers continued to grocery shop online...

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Sep 27 12:56 AM, Urner Barry

Dollar Tree, Inc. Names Michael Creedon as Chief Operating Officer

Dollar Tree, Inc. today announced a key executive leadership addition, as Michael Creedon, Jr. will be joining the organization as Chief Operating Officer.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Mike Creedon will be joining the Dollar Tree team as our new Chief Operating Officer. Mike’s impressive career in retail is rooted in a deep knowledge and understanding of his customers,” stated Mike Witynski, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mike will be instrumental in driving the execution of our strategy, and a key leader supporting our culture transformation in Dollar..."

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Sep 26 1:26 PM, General News

Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches Launches Exclusive Cloud'WICH

Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches is giving guests a new choice with the unveiling of the all-new Cloud'WICH. Created with an exclusive partnership in the sandwich space with The Cloud Bread Company, customers can now order their favorite Wich on healthy, great-tasting Cloud Bread.

Made with four simple ingredients – eggs, cream cheese, baking soda and baking powder – this new option is certified gluten-free, sugar-free, with zero carbs, no added preservatives and only 35 calories per slice. The Cloud'WICH caters to a variety of nutritional lifestyles, allowing...

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Sep 26 1:00 PM, General News

Blue Apron Joins United Nations Global Compact Initiative

Blue Apron announced today that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. With over 16,000 company participants from over 160 countries, UNGC is a voluntary initiative based on the belief that corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

As a UNGC Participant, Blue Apron is committed to elevating its role to show the different ways it can help drive the outcomes of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We are a carbon-neutral..."

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Sep 26 9:49 AM, General News

Technomic Study Reveals Shifts in Foodservice Operator’s Path to Purchase

Technomic's newly released The Buyer’s Journey in the New Digital World Multi Client Study uncovers foodservice operators’ paths to purchase as well as the roles traditional, social and digital media play both directly and indirectly into the buying journey.

“To better understand how buying patterns in the market are transforming, we launched a brand-new study surveying 500 operators, as well as conducting in-depth interviews with operators via bulletin boards and at the National Restaurant Association Show, to explore purchase drivers, the role of digital ordering platforms, traditional sales..."

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Sep 26 8:00 AM, General News

Shawarma Press® Applauds Workforce for Dedication & Excellence on National Food Service Employee Day

Successful Mediterranean quick-service restaurant chain continues expansion

Shawarma Press, the leading Mediterranean cuisine quick-service franchise, has one thing to say about their growing success and expansion during the past five years: it would not have been possible without their loyal and dedicated employees. With National Food Service Employee Day on September 25, Shawarma Press co-founders Sawsan Abublan and Dr. Ehap Sabri, are recognizing and thanking all the chefs, managers, line cooks, cashiers, and all crew members who are integral to making the restaurants...

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Sep 23 12:30 PM, General News

RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results

RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 26, 2022.

Fourth Quarter Highlights:
- The Company recorded net income of $6.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to net income of $0.9 million for the same period of the prior year.
- Income before taxes was $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to net income before taxes of $0.9 million for the same period of the prior year...

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Sep 23 12:30 PM, General News

Kroger CIO Shares Grocer's Seamless Strategy at Groceryshop 2022

On Wednesday, at the Groceryshop 2022 convening in Las Vegas, Kroger Co. Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President Yael Cosset shared the grocer's seamless strategy and changes in shopping trends.

"We know our customers have different needs based on their daily lives and the question becomes: What, when and how? Our seamless ecosystem brings all of these factors together, without asking the customer to compromise on quality, value or convenience," said Yael Cosset, SVP & Chief Information Officer for Kroger. "Whether our customer shop for a last-minute dinner, their weekly..."

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Sep 23 9:44 AM, General News

Encinal Brands™ Salutes Personnel and Workers on National Food Service Employee Day September 25

Rapidly expanding Mexican quick-service restaurants celebrate more than 600 employees

Encinal Brands CEO and founder Ivan Flores remembers when he opened his first Blue Burro® restaurant in Long Beach in 2019. Less than 10 part-time and full-time employees pitched in and assumed multiple roles to help make the location the go-to place for authentic flavors of Tijuana and premium shakes. Today, Encinal Brands LLC is one of the fastest-growing restaurant groups in California and the Southwest with 40...

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Sep 23 9:24 AM, General News

DoorDash Unveils New Partnerships with Top Grocers and Retailers

Over the last few years, we have accelerated our growth beyond restaurants, introducing on-demand grocery, convenience store, alcohol delivery, and more on the DoorDash app with partners including Albertsons Companies, Walgreens, BJ's Wholesale Club, Dollar General, and Wawa, creating more opportunities for retailers of all sizes to expand their digital offerings and reach consumers online. Today, there are more than 75,000 non-restaurant retail stores on the DoorDash platform across North America.

Today, we're excited to announce several new retail partners on DoorDash spanning multiple categories including grocery, convenience, sporting...

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Sep 22 9:00 AM, General News

ANALYSIS: Shell Egg Prices Crack New Record Highs Amid Strong Demand, Depleted Inventories

The U.S. shell egg market cracked a new all-time high on Tuesday, as strong demand continues to chip away at already-low inventory levels, which have been curtailed by this year’s bird flu outbreak and, more recently, seasonal flock rotations...

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Sep 22 8:11 AM, Urner Barry

This Week in Retail: Seasonal Trends Start to Shift 

Farewell, summer. Today is the first day of fall and seasonal retail trends are beginning to shift as grocers increasingly showcase autumn favorites like roasts and finger foods for football fans. 

However, temperatures in many parts of the nation have yet to cool off substantially. This could stretch the grilling season for a little longer. As milder weather starts to settle in for the long run, more households may opt to cook indoors and up their oven usage.

Beef roasts have increased in feature volume and currently claim 27.4% of total beef ads. This compares to 22% of beef ads two weeks ago. Steaks still hold the majority of beef feature volume, followed by ground beef...

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Sep 22 8:07 AM, UB Newswires

Meijer Recognized by EPA for Lowest Corporate-Wide Refrigerant Emissions Rate Nationwide

For the second consecutive year, Meijer was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Program for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate out of all the GreenChill Partners over the past year.

As an active participant in the EPA's program since 2012, the Midwest retailer has made reducing its refrigerant leak rate a priority and is now 19 percent below the industry average.

"We understand that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor, and ultimately that means integrating environmental sustainability into our..."

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Sep 22 8:00 AM, General News

Food Retailers Missing Out on Revenue Opportunities, New Study Reveals

OSF Digital releases the 2022 Grocery Omnichannel Retail Index with insights for food retailers and grocers to accelerate growth and increase loyalty

OSF Digital, an award-winning provider of digital transformation services to companies worldwide, announced the release of the 2022 Grocery Omnichannel Retail Index (ORI) findings in partnership with FMI, the Food Industry Association, and NRF, the National Retail Federation. The 2022 Grocery ORI reveals progress in omnichannel best practices; however, the majority of food retailers are still behind in developing integrated, seamless, and personalized experiences across all channels...

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Sep 21 12:00 PM, General News

Amazon to Bring Low Carbon Electrofuels to its Trucking Fleet

Amazon has signed an agreement with renewable fuels technology company Infinium to begin powering Amazon’s transportation fleet with ultra-low carbon electrofuels beginning in 2023. Infinium is expected to initially supply enough electrofuels, which are a fossil-based fuel alternative created with carbon waste and renewable power, to begin powering Amazon trucks in lieu of diesel fuel for approximately 5 million miles of travel per year.

The agreement is another step forward in Amazon’s commitment to transition its transportation network away from fossil fuels and deliver packages to customers in...

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Sep 21 9:31 AM, General News

Pizza Nova Introduces New Chorizo Sausage, Chorizo-Themed Pizzas and Italian Chicken Wings Recipe

Pizza Nova, one of Ontario’s leading artisan pizza makers, launches this month a series of new menu options including a chorizo sausage topping featured on two Signature pizzas and Garlic Parmesan Wings. The assortment of new menu options was inspired by the company’s pursuit of innovation, authentic, rich taste and offering a diversity of quality menu choices to its customers.

“We strive to bring menu items to the market that will stand the test of time,” said Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova. “Our additions are..."

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Sep 21 8:21 AM, General News

Foodservice Update Q3 2022: Revisiting Growth Perspectives

The writing is on the wall: economic growth is in jeopardy due to macroeconomic challenges around the world. From severely high natural gas prices in Europe, which affect everything from fertilizer prices to milk powders, to a housing crisis, and continued partial lockdowns in China. Coupled with rising interest rates, softening equity markets, and negative real wage growth, consumer confidence surveys unsurprisingly outline a worsening outlook for demand. It is likely that the US and Europe will both be entering a recession over the next 12 months.

Report summary

In Europe and the...

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Sep 21 8:00 AM, General News

Marco's Pizza® Hires 20-Year QSR Franchise Veteran Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer

Marco's Pizza, the nation's fastest-growing pizza brand*, appoints Gerardo Flores as Chief Development Officer. This news comes on the heels of the brand's recent development and sales milestones, opening of its 1100th store and surpassing $1B in annual systemwide sales. As Marco's looks to its next era of growth, Flores will be responsible for developing U.S. and international growth strategies, streamlining the development process and driving expansion.

As a highly experienced real estate professional, Flores has held top-level leadership roles in the...

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Sep 20 2:22 PM, General News

Subway and ezCater Announce Catering for Educators Contest to Celebrate Teachers Nationwide

Nominate the teachers, faculty and staff at your favorite school to win one of 2,022 catered lunches in new contest

Today, Subway® and ezCater announced the Catering for Educators contest, encouraging nominations for hardworking educators who will win one of 2,022 Subway catered lunches. In a recent survey1, more than half of teachers said they work through their lunch break, and nearly 40% said they skip meals to get work done.

Subway and its franchisees across the country, in partnership with ezCater, are stepping up to...

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Sep 20 2:15 PM, General News

PODCAST: Forecasting the egg market, market volatilty, and being a good listener

This week on Market Digest Laura sits down with Andrei Rjedkin from Urner Barry’s Consulting division. Andrei is an esteemed economist who leverages his expertise to create incredible forecasts for the egg market. In this episode, he enlightens us on how he helps create those forecasts, market volatility creating a great learning environment, and solutions UB Consulting can create for your business!

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Sep 20 2:05 PM, Urner Barry

FarmBox Foods Launches Indoor Farm That Grows Livestock Feed

FarmBox Foods LLC is excited to announce the official launch of its Hydroponic Fodder Farm.

The company will host a public open house from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 27 at 5389 Plum Ave. in Sedalia, CO. Guided tours of the new indoor farm — the third product line offered by FarmBox Foods — will be provided. Attendees will also receive a tour of the company's other tech-assisted, containerized farms: the Vertical Hydroponic Farm and Gourmet Mushroom Farm.

What exactly is fodder? It's a nutrient-dense hay that's used as a dietary supplement...

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Sep 20 1:13 PM, General News

Launching Jupiter, the Creator-First Recipe and Grocery Shopping Platform

Jupiter, the creator-first recipe and grocery shopping platform, launches today with over 60 individual creator storefronts, including Molly Baz. With Jupiter, creators seamlessly integrate creator's social and web content into beautifully curated, branded, and shoppable recipe stores, where home cooks browse, shop individual recipes for ingredients, manage grocery lists, and get same-day grocery deliveries all from individual storefronts from each food creator.

Available nationwide, Jupiter opens up a world of opportunity, monetization, and brand control and ownership for food creators. Dubbed Jupiter "co-pilots", creators can now...

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Sep 20 1:06 PM, General News

Two Publix Vice Presidents to Retire; New Vice President Announced

Today, Publix Super Markets CEO Todd Jones announced the retirement of two officers and promotion of a new officer.

After 30 years of dedicated service, Vice President of Finance Gino DiGrazia has announced his decision to retire at the end of this year.

DiGrazia, 60, began his Publix career in 1992 as manager of business analysis and reporting in Lakeland, Florida. In 1997, he was promoted to director and to vice president & controller in 2002. In 2012, he was named vice president of finance.

“Gino’s dedication to helping our retail..."

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Sep 20 8:29 AM, General News

Conversing on Consumer Behavior with EVP of IRI, Chris Dubois

Chris DuBois is the EVP and Practice Leader for IRI’s Protein practice and leads IRI service, sales, and delivery for IRI’s large protein-focused clients.  In addition to leading IRI’s teams, he also works extensively with industry associations and media outlets to share research-based expertise and insights and is a frequent speaker and contributor. Chris Dubois is one of the esteemed presenters at this year’s Global Protein Summit in Chicago. Ahead of his presentation on consumer demand, Chris joined us to talk about the trends of the past year and what to expect in the future.

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Sep 20 5:20 AM, Urner Barry

Urner Barry's Fall 2022 Reporter Issue Released; Read It Online For Free Now

Check out a brand new issue of Urner Barry's Reporter!

"Inflation continues to haunt the nation" in the fall 2022 edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine. This issue features a deep dive into what a recession means from Urner Barry's Consulting team. Plus, as always, there is plenty of can't miss content from our team of market reporters -- like a look at the historic ride of pork back ribs by pork market reporter Russell Barton and how the scallop market is under pressure by seafood market reporter Lorin Castiglione. 

Read Volume 17, Number 4 of Urner Barry's Reporter for free here.

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Sep 19 10:08 AM, Urner Barry

Instacart Announces 'Connected Stores' Technology to Help Grocers Unify Online and In-Store Shopping

Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, today unveiled Connected Stores - a bundle of six new Instacart Platform technologies that layer on top of existing offerings, helping grocers bring together the best of online ordering and in-store shopping for consumers. Connected Stores create a unified, personalized experience for customers by enabling them to move seamlessly between a retailer's app or website and its physical, in-store experience. Together, Instacart and Good Food Holdings will open the first Instacart Platform-powered Connected Store at...


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Sep 19 9:54 AM, General News

Upcoming Marketplace Will Help Emerging Natural Brands Expand Their Reach

Global B2B marketplace and US-based supplier GreenDropShip has developed an online platform to spur emerging natural brands' growth by helping consumers connect with qualified online merchants. GreenDropShip is best known for offering innovative solutions in the rapidly growing eCommerce space as it relates to groceries, personal care, home goods, and baby products.

This tech innovation sprang from a need for emerging natural and organic brands to maximize their footprint and find top merchants for their products. As eCommerce continues to expand at a booming pace, this marketplace will create...

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Sep 19 8:00 AM, General News

August Retail Sales Supported by Job and Wage Gains Amid Continued Inflation

Consumers’ willingness to spend overcame inflation again in August as more jobs and higher wages helped ease some of the pressure of continuing high prices, the National Retail Federation said today.

“August retail sales show consumers’ resiliency to spend on household priorities despite persistent inflation and rising interest rates,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “As we gear up for the holiday season, consumers are seeking value to make their dollars stretch. Retailers have been hard at work managing their supply chains and holiday inventories to provide..."

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Sep 19 8:00 AM, General News

Hormel Foods Unveils "The Inspired People Plaza" and 25-Foot-Tall Sculpture by Gordon Huether

Hormel Foods Corporation, a Fortune 500 global branded food company, unveiled "The Inspired People Plaza" at its global headquarters in Austin, Minn.

The centerpiece of the plaza is a 1-ton, 25-foot-tall fork sculpture created by Artist Gordon Huether. The statue is clad with nearly 20,000 forks, representing and donated by Hormel Foods team members worldwide. It is located on the front lawn of 1 Hormel Place and serves as the anchor of the new outdoor plaza. The plaza's name is a nod...

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Sep 16 2:03 PM, General News

TGI Fridays® Expands Global Presence in Asia a Very Significant Development Agreement

The U.S.-based company has partnered with Master Franchisor, Universal Success Enterprises, to bring an authentic Fridays® experience to over 75 new locations in South and Southeast Asia

TGI Fridays announced today the development of 75 new restaurants throughout South and Southeast Asia over the next 10 years in partnership with Master Franchisor Universal Success Enterprises. The deal, which is expected to drive over $500MM in revenue for the U.S.-based company over 10 years, is the most significant development agreement to date for the...


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Sep 16 9:35 AM, General News

Wingstop Names Craig Sherwood as SVP of US Development

Wingstop today announced the appointment of Craig Sherwood as its SVP of U.S. Development. Craig will lead domestic development and focus on executing Wingstop's domestic development playbook through new and existing franchisees as the brand scales its U.S. footprint.

"I'm excited for Craig to join the brand at such a pivotal time as we look to scale our 1,600+ restaurants base to 4,000 plus across the country," said Michael Skipworth, Wingstop President and CEO. "With an average unit volume of $1.6 million and our industry leading unit economics, our..." 

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Sep 16 8:32 AM, General News

NRF Statement on Tentative Rail Agreement

The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay following the White House’s overnight announcement that a tentative agreement has been reached between freight railroads and rail labor organizations, avoiding a shutdown of the freight rail system.

“We are relieved and cautiously optimistic that this devastating nationwide rail strike has been averted. We appreciate the Biden administration’s intervention on behalf..."

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Sep 16 8:00 AM, General News

SpartanNash Vice President Andy Clausen Recognized for Inspiring Other Young Leaders 

Food solutions company SpartanNash has made it a top priority to support up-and-coming talent in the rapidly evolving food industry. The Company’s commitment to training, education and advancement is exemplified by Andy Clausen, vice president, national accounts, who was recently announced as a winner of Progressive Grocer’s NextGen Award.

Clausen – who leads a team responsible for managing SpartanNash’s national accounts business across several locations within SpartanNash’s national distribution network – was recognized for his overall contributions and extraordinary efforts to inspire young professionals.

“Andy understands the importance..."

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Sep 16 8:00 AM, General News

Brandcrush Expands Solution to U.S. Grocery Retailers

Today, Australia-owned omnichannel media platform Brandcrush announced its expansion in the U.S. market to help grocery retailers and CPG brands drive growth with efficient, centralized media management as the $190 billion retail media market booms worldwide. The U.S. expansion into grocery retail follows Brandcrush's success in Australia and with global D2C retailers, propelled by global businesses' urgent need to modernize their media practices to unlock new revenue, protect margins and grow amid rising inflation.

Brandcrush closes the adtech gap in retail media, offering a unique solution for grocery retailers...

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Sep 16 8:00 AM, General News

Vangala Joins IRI and NPD as Chief Strategy Officer

Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and The NPD Group (NPD), which recently merged to create a leading global technology, analytics and data provider, today announced that Malli Vangala has joined the company as chief strategy officer. Vangala joins the newly combined company from Microsoft, where he led strategic initiatives for the Microsoft 365 business, and succeeds Wei Lin Wong, who transitions to focus on his role as the president of Retail.

“We are very pleased to welcome Malli as we work to bring the full power of our combined organization to bear..."

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Sep 15 2:24 PM, General News

First Space-Flavoured Pizza Hits Earth

Papa Johns is launching the world's first-space-inspired pizza – a giant leap for mankind and pizza lovers everywhere.

Inspired by chorizo's fame as the world's furthest travelled sausage – having gone into space with Spanish astronaut, Pedro Duque, in 1998 – the new space inspired pizza range combines chorizo's stratospherically delicious flavours with Papa Johns' signature pizzas, Papadia and rolls.

Dr Chris Welch, a world-leading 'spaceologist' and former Vice-President of the International Aeronautical Federation, analysed the composition of Papa Johns' new pizza range and uncovered the striking similarities between the tastes, textures and...

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Sep 15 1:00 PM, General News

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty Elected to Cargill’s Board of Directors

Virginia (Ginni) M. Rometty, former Chairman, President and CEO of IBM, has been elected to the Cargill Board of Directors.

“Ginni led the reinvention of IBM for the era of cloud and data, by realigning their portfolio through organic and acquired growth. She also is a steadfast advocate for advancing diversity in the workplace, pioneering efforts that brought IBM into a more inclusive future. Through these efforts, Ginni has become a leading voice on technology ethics, business transformation and the workplace of the future. We are thrilled to bring her..."

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Sep 15 9:19 AM, General News

Grubhub and Bloomin' Brands Expand Partnership with More Restaurants

Grubhub and Bloomin' Brands, Inc. announced today they are expanding their partnership to bring all of Bloomin' Brands concepts to the Grubhub Marketplace. All Bloomin' Brands concepts will be available on Grubhub for pickup or delivery, adding to the select Carrabba's Italian Grill locations already available on the platform.

More than 1,700 listings will be available across the country, including more than 1,000 restaurant locations and 700 virtual kitchens. Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, and Aussie Grill are currently available on Grubhub, with Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and...

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Sep 15 9:07 AM, General News

Celebrate Organic Month with Natural Grocers®: September 15th - 17th, 2022

Natural Grocers® is pleased to announce special shopping incentives and educational efforts September 15th-17th in continued celebration of Organic Month. Customers are invited to enjoy additional in-store savings of up to 52% off on a variety of organic products, free samples, stellar {N}power® membership discounts and an opportunity to support pesticide-free public spaces with Beyond Pesticides.


- September 15th Only: The first 200 shoppers at each store will receive a free sample size packet (1.75 oz.)...


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Sep 15 8:50 AM, General News

NRF Foundation Board Names Two New Members

The NRF Foundation Board of Directors today named two new members during its latest meeting. The NRF Foundation Board is comprised of professionals who support the organization’s mission to connect people to life-changing opportunities in retail in communities nationwide through career resources, training and scholarships.

The new board members are:

- University of Maryland Smith School of Business Director of Undergraduate Career Programming Ashlee Chicoine
- Columbia College Chicago Undergraduate and 2022 NRF Foundation Next Generation Scholar Robert Davison Long...

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Sep 15 8:44 AM, General News

Gen Zs Favor Quick Service Restaurants, Particularly Fast Casual Restaurants

Fast casual menus are more aligned with Gen Z’s food preferences and values

Older Gen Zs, ages 18-24, in the U.S. are discerning when choosing restaurants. Although price matters to this group, their taste preferences and definition of value dictate the type of restaurants they visit, reports The NPD Group. As a result, Gen Zs skew towards quick service restaurants, particularly fast casual, that balance value and focused menu.

In the 12 months ending July 2022, Gen Zs made 5 billion restaurant visits, 4.3 billion visits were to quick...

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Sep 15 8:08 AM, General News

This Week in Retail: Protein Indices Are Above 3-Year Average; CPI Data Released 

In the face of ongoing inflationary pressures along with animal disease issues impacting the protein industry, wholesale beef, pork, and poultry prices continue to reside at or challenge all-time highs. 

In the retail red meat complex, Urner Barry’s weekly retail feature beef index this week averages $6.34 per pound, down $1.02 per pound from a week ago but 6 cents per pound above the 3-year average.

The boxed beef market is currently moving mostly sideways but has dipped to 52-week lows in recent days. Despite this, Urner Barry's Choice and Select cutouts remain at near seasonal all-time highs, second or third to 2021 and 2014....

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Sep 15 8:00 AM, UB Newswires

C&S Wholesale Grocers Partners with TCS to Build AI-Powered Distribution Model

Tata Consultancy Services has been chosen by C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (C&S), an industry leader in supply chain solutions and wholesale grocery supply in the United States, to build a new operations platform on Google Cloud to reduce the company's carbon footprint and enhance the customer experience.

C&S has partnered with TCS to reimagine its operations platforms, including customer experience and grocery distribution. TCS will lead the company-wide project and help C&S establish a new cloud-based architecture that will unify its...

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Sep 15 8:00 AM, General News

McDonald's To Open Speedee Labs Within Company's Chicago Global Headquarters

Today, McDonald's Corporation is announcing the establishment of a new facility, Speedee Labs, which will be focused on driving the customer experience and supporting restaurant teams through innovation, at its global headquarters (MHQ) located at 110 N. Carpenter Street in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. An example of McDonald's commitment to the city of Chicago, this new facility will bring teams from McDonald's corporate office and the existing Innovation Center (IC) in Romeoville, IL together in a new innovative environment creating more opportunities for collaboration and end-to-end development of...

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Sep 15 8:00 AM, General News

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Celebrates National Taco Day with $1.50 Select Tacos All Day and a More!

On National Taco Day – Tuesday, October 4 – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will offer select $1.50 tacos all day*. Head to your favorite Fuzzy’s and celebrate with a breakfast taco or Baja taco (or both) and be entered for a chance to win free tacos for a year!

Enjoy your $1.50 tacos on a Fuzzy’s patio with a House Margarita or an ice-cold schooner of beer. The special National Taco Day pricing is also valid on select tacos for takeout and online...

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Sep 14 2:20 PM, General News

Restaurant Association Unveils Guide for Operators to Prep for Future Natural Disasters

The National Restaurant Association knows that restaurants are pillars of their respective communities.

Often, the Association has found that operators and employees are often the last ones out of the path of dangerous weather and the first one back in when the disaster has left the area. Because of this, the Association developed an industry-specific guide disaster prep guide, Always Ready: Natural Disasters.

“The time to plan for a disaster is before one unfolds. For restaurants, this is especially important because they meet...

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Sep 14 8:17 AM, General News

DOJ Pledges to Ramp Up Battle Against Unfair Practices in Meeting with U.S. Farmers

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division hosted 30 farmers affiliated with the National Farmers Union (NFU) to discuss “the state of competition in agriculture markets and strengthening antitrust enforcement.”

The DOJ said it remains committed to fighting for fair business in the food systems and protecting farmers, fishers, ranchers and the like as the industry continues to consolidate.

“Competition in agriculture is critical. Too often, farmers and livestock producers have too few suppliers to buy from and...

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Sep 14 8:00 AM, SeafoodNews

Real Good Foods Announces Launch of New Asian Entrees

The Real Good Food Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGF) (“Real Good Foods” or the “Company”), an innovative, high-growth, branded, health- and wellness-focused frozen food company, today announced the launch of its newest platform, Asian Entrees, including, Orange Chicken, General Tso’s and Sweet & Sour.

Real Good Foods is expanding into Multi-Serve Entrees with a nutritious twist on one of US consumers favorite foods. The Frozen Multi-Serve Entrees category is filled with items loaded with carbs, high in sugar and lacking any nutritional value...

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Sep 13 9:13 AM, General News

IRI Releases Insights on August Food Inflation and Impact on Consumer Shopping Behavior

Information Resources, Inc. (IRI®), which recently merged with The NPD Group to create a leading global technology, analytics and data provider, today released a new report, August 2022 Price Check: Tracking Retail Food and Beverage Inflation, with insights about food inflation and its impact on consumer shopping behavior. The insights leverage the latest point-of-sale data for August 2022 and include data covering all U.S. food channels, including e-commerce.

August data shows that prices of consumer goods remain elevated across categories...

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Sep 13 8:05 AM, General News

Barkley Acquires Smiths Agency to Deepen Its Expertise in the Food & Beverage Category

Barkley, one of the largest independent creative idea companies in the U.S., acquired Smiths Agency, an independent marketing company focused on delivering world-class ideas and strategies for food and beverage brands. Smiths has 45 employees with a client roster that includes Premier Protein, NatureSweet Tomatoes, Spangler Candy (including the Dum-Dums brand), Amy's Kitchen and Eggland's Best Inc.

“We're excited to bring Whole Brand Thinking more broadly into the food and beverage category,” said Jeff King, CEO of Barkley...

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Sep 13 8:03 AM, General News

MOD Pizza Brings the Heat This Fall With New Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza

MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC (“MOD Pizza”, “MOD” or the “Company”), the purpose-led, people-first, fast casual pizza pioneer, announced its limited-time fall menu offering – the Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza – available September 12 through November 6, 2022, at all 500+ MOD locations system-wide*.

The Sizzlin’ Chicken Sausage Pizza adds a kick to an Italian classic, incorporating traditional Italian elements – red sauce, fresh basil, ricotta and parmesan cheese, freshly sliced tomatoes - topped with Spicy Chicken Sausage.

The newest seasonal pizza is available...

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Sep 12 8:33 AM, General News

Burger King Plans to "Reclaim the Flame" and Boost Sales Through $400 Million Investment

Burger King unveiled its “Reclaim the Flame” plan with the hopes of accelerating sales growth and driving profitability for its franchisees.

The plan was developed alongside franchisees and was shared at its annual convention by President of Burger King North America, Tom Curtis.

Burger King will invest $400M over the next two years as it works to “Reclaim the Flame.” $150M will head to advertising and digital investments to “Fuel the Flame” while $250 million will focus on a “Royal Reset” involving...

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Sep 12 7:43 AM, General News

Better Foods Makes Debut at Plant Based Expo with “Better Meat” Plant-based Canned Luncheon Meat

Better Foods, a company specializing in alternative food, made a debut in the global alternative food market from its Better Meat canned luncheon meat and plant-based meat brand Better Meat’s various products and menu items gaining attention at the Plant Based World Expo (PBW), the world’s largest plant-based trade event, held in New York.

Founded in San Francisco in August, Better Foods, a company specializing in alternative food, operates beverage and bakery brands in addition to Better Meat, a plant-based meat...

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Sep 9 9:53 AM, General News

QDOBA Mexican Eats Debuts its Food to Austin, Texas through New Ghost Kitchen Partnership

QDOBA®, a leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is bringing its vibrant and flavorful food to Austin, Texas through the first of two ghost kitchens in the area. In partnership with national ghost kitchen operator, REEF Technology, QDOBA's Austin debut allows an increased number of QDOBA food lovers across the city to conveniently indulge in its tasty menu offerings. Ghost kitchens, also known as delivery-only restaurants, are commercial kitchens optimized for food delivery service apps such as Uber Eats and Postmates...

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Sep 9 9:40 AM, General News

Kroger Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results and Raises Full-Year Guidance

Second Quarter Highlights:

- Identical Sales without fuel increased 5.8%
- Operating Profit of $954 million; Adjusted FIFO Operating Profit of $1,110 million
- EPS of $1.00; Adjusted EPS of $0.90
- Company is executing its go-to-market strategy to deliver value for customers
      - Our Brands identical sales increased 10.2%
      - Digital sales grew 8%
      - Accelerated our Fresh Produce Initiative with 864 stores now certified, driving higher identical sales

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its second quarter 2022 results and will update...

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Sep 9 9:34 AM, General News

Southeastern Grocers to Debut Innovative Delivery and Curbside Pickup Experience by DoorDash

Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, will soon offer a new, convenient means to shop for groceries online that will also allow customers to enjoy the same prices as shopping in store. Starting in October, customers can utilize SEG’s proprietary new offering to shop their local Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores online and have their groceries delivered right to them in as little as two hours with the...

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Sep 9 8:37 AM, General News

USDA Announces $400 Million in Funding Available to Create USDA Regional Food Business Centers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the availability of approximately $400 million to provide essential local and regional food systems coordination, technical assistance, and capacity building services through USDA’s new Regional Food Business Centers.

“The USDA Regional Food Business Centers will be a new, critical asset as we continue our work to strengthen and enhance local and regional food systems across the nation,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Regional Food Business Centers will serve as USDA’s cornerstone in the development of the local...

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Sep 9 8:19 AM, General News

White Castle One of the Fortune Best Workplaces in Retail™ 2022

White Castle, America's first fast-food hamburger chain and popular retail consumer packaged goods brand, is proud to earn recognition as one of the Fortune Best Workplaces in Retail™ 2022. White Castle is the only restaurant brand among the 20 large employers to make the list, which highlights how employees rank their employers. The list was released yesterday by Great Place to Work.

The Best Workplaces in Retail designation is based on analysis of survey responses from over 72,000 employees from Great Place to Work-Certified™...

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Sep 9 8:00 AM, General News

Restaurant365 Data Reveals Increase in 2022 Mid-Year Sales

Restaurant365, the leading all-in-one restaurant enterprise management software, reported that demand remained strong for restaurants in the second quarter of 2022, citing a 12% increase in its customers' sales from Q1 to Q2, despite the challenges of inflation and rising food costs.

"As economists discuss a potential economic slowdown, restaurants may not yet feel impacted because their sales continue to grow," stated Tony Smith, CEO and co-founder of Restaurant365. "A decline is still a very real possibility, so now is the best time for restaurants to take action..." 

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Sep 9 8:00 AM, General News

Kroger Outlines Updated ESG Action Plan

The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today outlined an updated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) action plan to support the company's comprehensive ESG strategy and published its annual ESG report.

"We live our purpose – to feed the human spirit – through Kroger's commitments to advance positive impacts for people and our planet and create more resilient global systems," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "We are proud to report that Kroger continues to make progress toward key ESG goals. I am especially proud of the Kroger team's collective effort to..."

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Sep 9 8:00 AM, General News

CDFA Finalizes Proposition 12 Regulations—What Lies Ahead?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has finalized the Proposition 12 implementation rules, which can be found here. The finalized regulations are similar to the second modified text, which was released in June of this year. 

According to an FAQ on CDFA's website, Proposition 12 is a "ballot initiative passed in 2018 by California voters that prohibits confining farm animals (egg-laying hens, veal calves and breeding pigs) in a cruel manner and prohibits the sale of products (eggs, veal meat and pork meat) from farm animals confined in a cruel manner into California commerce."

The law mandates minimum housing space requirements for breeding pigs, veal calves, and egg-laying hens and was originally set to begin on January 1, 2022. However, a ruling earlier this year delayed Proposition 12 for 180 days after the final rules went into effect...

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Sep 9 6:57 AM, UB Newswires

Chick-fil-A Spices Up Fall with New Items

Chick-fil-A® is embracing the flavors of fall with the debut of the new Autumn Spice Milkshake — its first new milkshake flavor available chainwide in four years — and the return of the Grilled Spicy Deluxe Sandwich. These seasonal fall items will be available nationwide* from Sept. 12 through Nov. 12, while supplies last.

Experience the full interactive Multichannel News Release here:

Autumn Spice & Everything Nice
The Autumn Spice Milkshake mixes rich flavors like cinnamon with crunchy bits of brown sugar cookies. Made with Chick-fil-A Icedream®...

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Sep 8 9:39 AM, General News

Southeastern Grocers to Debut Innovative Delivery and Curbside Pickup Experience by DoorDash

Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, will soon offer a new, convenient means to shop for groceries online that will also allow customers to enjoy the same prices as shopping in store. Starting in October, customers can utilize SEG’s proprietary new offering to shop their local Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket stores online and have their groceries delivered right to them in as little as two hours with the benefit of in-store deals and...

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Sep 8 9:30 AM, General News

Denny's Doubles Down on its Commitment to Value with New All Day Diner Deals Menu

With rising inflation and tightening budgets, Americans continue to seek relief and look to stretch their hard-earned dollars as far as possible, especially when it comes to mealtime. Today, Denny's announced a new value menu, featuring 10 delicious meal options perfect to enjoy any time of day or night starting at just $5.99.

With the launch of this new menu, Denny's raises the bar on what it means to serve quality meals at great prices.

"The time for value is now as more..."

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Sep 8 9:01 AM, General News

This Week in Retail: Seasonal Transition for the Meat Case

With Labor Day now behind us, retailers are preparing for the transition from summer staples to fall favorites.

Tailgaiting items like burgers and ribs are being featured in time for the National Football League season, which kicks off today! This could support sales at the meat case as consumers gather to cheer on their teams while chowing down on finger foods. 

A game-time staple, chicken wings are on feature for $2.97 per pound, down 2 cents from a year ago. Wholesale wing prices have gained nearly 7 percent so far this year but are currently well below last year’s record highs, providing the opportunity for retailers and foodservice to showcase attractive promotions. However, boneless breasts have mostly been at record highs so far this year—unwelcome news for boneless wing lovers...

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Sep 8 8:06 AM, UB Newswires

Import Slowdown Continues as Fed Tries to Rein in Consumer Demand

With inflation continuing and the Federal Reserve hoping to cool demand through higher interest rates, imports at the nation’s major container ports are expected to fall below last year’s levels for the remainder of 2022, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Consumers are still buying, but the cargo surge we saw during the past two years appears to be slowing down,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Cargo volumes are solidly..."

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Sep 8 8:00 AM, General News

The Kroger Co. Foundation Recognized as Leader in Fighting Food Insecurity

The Kroger Co. announced today The Kroger Co. Foundation's recognition as a 2022 Hunger Leadership Award winner. The Congressional Hunger Center honored the Foundation with this award because of its ongoing commitment to fighting hunger across the U.S.

"We appreciate this honor from the Congressional Hunger Center, which recognizes our Corporate Affairs leaders effective stewardship of Foundation funds to create communities free of hunger and waste," said Keith Dailey, Kroger's group vice president of Corporate Affairs and president of The Kroger Co. Foundation. "The Foundation is committed to advancing..."

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Sep 8 8:00 AM, General News

Chipotle Brings Together "The 88 Club" to Launch National TV and New Menu Items

Dallas greats CeeDee Lamb, Michael Irvin, Dez Bryant, and Drew Pearson will star in new commercial and have their go-to orders featured on Chipotle's digital menu for a limited time

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced it is teaming up with wide receivers CeeDee Lamb, Michael Irvin, Dez Bryant, and Drew Pearson to launch a national television commercial and new menu items celebrating the debut of "The 88 Club." The production for the commercial marked the first time all the players met in-person.

For more...


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Sep 7 2:08 PM, General News

Instacart Announces Acquisition of Rosie

Acquisition brings Rosie's e-commerce platform and team of experts to Instacart, giving local independent grocers access to a broader range of technology and fulfillment capabilities to grow their businesses

Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, today announced it has acquired Rosie, the premier e-commerce platform for local and independent retailers and wholesalers. With this acquisition, Instacart is deepening its commitment to serving local and independent grocers and expanding its Instacart Platform e-commerce offerings.

Founded in Ithaca, NY in 2013, the Rosie team has spent nearly a decade building relationships...

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Sep 7 1:51 PM, General News

Publix recognized on Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Retail list

Publix has been named on the 2022 Best Workplaces in Retail list by Fortune, ranking No. 5 of the 20 best large retail workplaces. Publix associates say the company’s dedication to service, welcoming culture, desire to give back and support for associates to take time off when they need it are some of the reasons they enjoy working for the company, which has more than 1,300 stores across seven states.

“We’ve made an effort to stay true to the philosophies Publix was founded on 92 years ago,” said Publix Director of...

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Sep 7 1:47 PM, General News

Wendy's Teams Up with Rick and Morty on Show Themed Drinks and Combo Meals Only on Uber Eats

Wendy's® and Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are joining forces once again to celebrate the Emmy® Award-winning series' sixth season with exclusive Coca-Cola® Freestyle® flavors, Rick and Morty-inspired combo meals on Uber Eats* and a chance to win limited-edition Rick and Morty's-themed merch exclusively with Uber Eats. Wubba Lubba Grub Grub!

Following the outpouring of love last year, Wendy's is partnering again with the innovative team at Coca‑Cola® to bring back...

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Sep 7 1:38 PM, General News

Kraft Heinz Affirms Full Year 2022 Guidance, Reduces Leverage Target and Details Long-term Algorithm

The Kraft Heinz Company will today affirm its full year 2022 guidance, announce a reduced leverage target and outline additional details on its long-term algorithm, as executives participate in the 2022 Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference. Miguel Patricio, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors; Andre Maciel, EVP and Global Chief Financial Officer; and Carlos Abrams-Rivera, EVP and President, North America Zone, will share their perspectives as part of a discussion about the ongoing Kraft Heinz transformation and plans to...


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Sep 7 9:37 AM, General News

UNFI Offers New Meal Solutions to Help Retailers Meet Consumer Demand for At Home Food Options

United Natural Foods, Inc. today announced it has added two new meal solutions to its offering to better allow retailers to meet the growing demand for quick, restaurant quality meals, while reducing in-store labor and the time required to create similar products on their own. The meal solutions are available nationwide to the more than 30,000 customer locations UNFI services.

The new on-trend meal solutions, a fresh meal kit from Cook•Able and flash-frozen meals from Cadence Kitchen, allow UNFI to...

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Sep 7 9:25 AM, General News

Chili's Debuts Expansive Happy Hour & Bar Menu In Time For Football Season

Right now every football fan is thinking this year is going to be their year, and Chili's® Grill & Bar wants each diehard fanatic to know that they're right. Why? Because Chili's is staking its claim as the bar destination this season, lining up a brand-new happy hour and drink menu exclusively available at our bar. When is that happy hour? Well, here's the kicker (pun intended): when football is on, happy hour is on at Chili's (subject to local requirements).

With the menu we've cooked...

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Sep 7 9:08 AM, General News

Target Announces Leadership Updates

Target Corporation today announced that Brian Cornell has committed to remain as CEO and lead the company for approximately three more years. Additionally, the company announced Arthur Valdez, executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer, will retire from Target. He will be succeeded by Gretchen McCarthy, senior vice president, global inventory management, effective immediately.

"In discussions about the company's longer term plans, it was important to us as a board to assure our stakeholders that Brian intends to stay in his role beyond the traditional retirement age of 65..."

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Sep 7 9:01 AM, General News

Detroit - Style Returns to Pizza Hut® Nationwide

Starting today, Detroit-Style Pizza returns to Pizza Hut menus at participating locations nationwide following the success of the initial launch in early 2021 and its reintroduction last summer. Pizza Hut listened to pizza lovers and brought the deep-dish delight back to menus for a third run as a limited-time offer; but this time is different. The beloved pizza arrives with a Detroit-Style-inspired anthem to celebrate its return to menus.

To provide fans with a fitting soundtrack for the return of an icon, Pizza Hut partnered with TikToker...

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Sep 6 12:48 PM, General News

Church’s Texas Chicken® Taps Tim Waddell for Executive VP of International Business Role

Church’s Texas Chicken® has hired QSR industry leader Tim Waddell to take on the role of EVP of International Business effective September 6. Waddell brings extensive experience in the areas of global development, sales, marketing, operations, and P&L management that will support the brand in its continued growth.

“Tim’s expertise globally and within his category will help us propel our growth internationally. Tim is an accomplished, high impact business leader with over 20 years of proven..."

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Sep 6 9:58 AM, General News

Cargill Launches Asia Pacific Digital Business Studio to Accelerate Food and Agriculture Innovation

Cargill’s first digital business studio in Asia expands the company’s innovation investments in the region

Cargill is partnering with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to launch its first digital business studio in Asia. The studio is designed to support local founders with investments that bring Cargill solutions to the market and accelerate innovation for the food and agriculture industry in Asia-Pacific.

Through this three-year partnership, Cargill will develop a portfolio of at least five new startups in Singapore. The startups will focus on pressing...


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Sep 6 9:13 AM, General News

Did Domino's® Just Launch an Inflation Relief Deal?

Hold onto your seats! Domino's stores nationwide are offering 20% off all menu-priced items ordered online.

"It's no surprise that prices are up on nearly everything, from milk to eggs, gas and even delivery services," said Joe Jordan, Domino's president of U.S. and global services. "Nobody has been spared from inflation, including restaurants. We want to give customers a break, as they've been emptying their pockets all summer long, but shouldn't have to for delicious pizza."

Domino's 20% off deal is valid on all menu-priced items ordered online...

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Sep 6 8:18 AM, General News

Instacart Makes it Easier for Customers to Save On Groceries with Acquisition of Eversight

Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, today announced it has acquired Eversight, an AI-powered pricing and promotions platform for CPG brands and retailers. Since its founding in 2013, Eversight has brought CPG brands and retailers technologies tailor-made for the grocery industry, enabling brands and retailers to unlock optimal promotions and pricing that propel their business and create more compelling savings opportunities for customers.

Through Eversight's AI-powered, experimentation-based platform, CPG brands and retailers can continuously test customized pricing and promotions...

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Sep 2 9:45 AM, General News

NRF Says Growth Has Slowed But Indicators Disagree on Whether the Nation is in a Recession

U.S. economic growth has slowed, but it still isn’t clear if the nation is in a recession, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said today.

“As we come to the end of the summer, economic indicators are signaling an unsteady U.S. expansion in the face of several headwinds,” Kleinhenz said, noting ongoing inflation, Federal Reserve interest rate hikes, the volatile stock market and other issues. “These factors are all contributing to the debate on whether the economy is..."

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Sep 2 8:04 AM, General News

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