BurgerFi will add the vegan burger from Beyond Meat to the menu at eight of its 101 US restaurants early next month to test demand. The chain already offers a quinoa-based veggie burger, but the Beyond Burger offers a meatless option that "truly tastes like burger," BurgerFi Executive Chef Paul Griffin said.
Starbucks, which celebrates 25 years as a publicly traded company this week, sees plenty of room for growth in lunchtime sales, Chief Financial Officer Scott Maw said Monday. Food has grown from 16% to 20% of overall sales since 2012, and new lunch offerings are expected to give food sales a further boost.
German discount grocer Lidl will open a $100 million regional headquarters and distribution facility in Cartersville, Ga., late next year, marking its fourth such center in the US, the company said Monday. The retailer has also set a July opening date for its next four US stores in Virginia and North Carolina, following its first wave of US store openings earlier this month.
Bruce Besanko has resigned as chief financial officer at grocery retailer and wholesaler SUPERVALU, effective July 5, the company said. Besanko, who is the third high-profile grocery executive to resign in recent days, also serves as the chief operating officer of SUPERVALU.
Students in a Delaware school district are receiving free summer meals through a new "lunch bus" that makes stops on weekdays. The mobile meals are intended to help curb food insecurity among young people over the summer.
Nestle is under pressure from an activist investor to divest its L'Oreal brand and cut underperforming lines from its portfolio. "As always, we keep an open dialogue with all of our shareholders, and we remain committed to executing our strategy and creating long-term shareholder value," Nestle responded.
Annie's Homegrown President John Foraker is hailing Amazon's recent offer to purchase Whole Foods as a unique opportunity to bring food to the 23 million Americans who live in areas without easy access to grocery stores. "The thought of Whole Food's mission combined with technology and the ability of a company like Amazon to help conquer some of the last-mile issues that have prevented access and distribution into really difficult places seems like a golden opportunity," he said.
The number of visits to national parks is rising for the third consecutive year, and campers are seeking finer food than the standard pork and beans. Maine chef Jennifer Scism launched upscale dehydrated-food startup Good To-Go three years ago, growing from packaging 196 meals in 2014 to 45,000 meals this month.
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