Auntie Anne's has launched a line of clothing, home goods and accessories called For the Love of Pretzels, with pretzel-themed original designs. The collection includes T-shirts, sneakers, blankets and throw pillows, and profits will go to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Chefs and restaurants are introducing consumers to more Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors with ingredients including tahini, sumac and the spice mix za'atar. Pomegranates are also proving popular, and chef Heidi Krahling of Insalata's in San Anselmo, Calif., turns pomegranate molasses into a marinade for lamb skewers.
School officials in a California district are working to introduce students to healthier options, a move that has helped obesity rates drop by 17% since 2010. Efforts include a community garden, healthier meals in the cafeteria and fewer sugary drinks on campus.
Subscription services thrive because they provide a high-value experience for their patrons. Subscription services that succeed are those that work well with the target community, offer a convenient service with value, provide the element of surprise in every box and feature excellent customer service, Matthew Gallagher writes.
Once the supporter of new, natural brands, Whole Foods is becoming less attractive to startups due to higher costs and other issues that went into effect following its acquisition by Amazon. Other grocers are starting to pick up where Whole Foods left off, with retailers like Kroger, Albertsons and Sprouts making room on store shelves for small upstarts, writes Krystal Hu.
Cayenne is a pepper that most of the US audience already knows, but it is growing in popularity, with its appearance on menus up 47% since 2014, according to Datassential. The spice is making its way into juices and cocktails, as well as onto plates to spice up cuisine.
A bill awaiting the signature of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio would require all businesses in the city with 15 or more employees, including restaurants, to hold annual anti-sexual harassment training. The city already falls under a separate measure passed recently by the state Legislature that mandates training for companies statewide.
Men's fashion retailer Tommy Bahama will open the first California location of its fast-casual restaurant concept in Palm Springs next month. The restaurant, which has locations in New York and Florida, will include a full bar and outdoor seating for 180.
The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., area is likely to end as seasonal production shifts to California. Restaurants and stores that received Yuma-grown romaine have been notified to pull it amid the outbreak that has sickened upwards of 50 people.
Quickserve restaurants can drive traffic and perk up sales before the summer season heats up with relatively simple efforts including freebies when customers buy a specific item and features that make the eatery attractive to Instagrammers. Eateries can also add snacks or breakfast to the menu and promote takeout and meal kits to bring customers in more often.
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