Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages is starting construction today on its $250 million manufacturing and distribution hub in Houston. When completed in 2020, the facility will span 1 million square feet.
ReGrained has closed a seed financing round, bringing in $2.5 million from investors including Barilla Group and Griffith Foods. ReGrained uses spent grain from beer brewing to create products like snack bars.
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For Bea Perez, the challenge of reducing waste from plastic packaging extends beyond the ability to recycle to the development of a global infrastructure to collect used containers. The senior vice president of communications and public affairs for the Coca-Cola Company says that, even though the company has been active in recycling for years, it has embarked on a new initiative called World Without Waste to interface with governments, NGOs and other stakeholders to collect all of its packaging after use by 2030.
Fondue chain Melting Pot has unveiled a revamped version of its restaurants that caters to fans who want to use the eateries as more than a special occasion destination. The new version is open for lunch and weekend brunch, with an expanded bar and a bar menu listing such dishes as sliders and rosemary fries.
OpenTable is still the leader in restaurant reservation services, but Union Square Hospitality Group's plan to move all of its restaurants to less-expensive rival Resy by early next year could signal a larger shift. Resy offers a curated selection of eateries compared to the wide swath available on OpenTable, and switching could prove challenging in smaller markets where Resy isn't as well known.
Fast-casual dining chain Zoe's Kitchen has teamed with American Airlines to expand in-flight dining options, with such items as a hummus and veggie pita and waffles with hazelnut spread. Other airlines including United Continental and Delta Air Lines have also upgraded their menus to cater to passengers seeking healthier fare.
Starbucks will cut some top executive positions and other jobs at its corporate headquarters this fall, as part of a plan to speed decision-making and boost sales, the company said in a memo to employees. The cuts won't affect store-level staff.
Albertsons has opened a store designed to create personal experiences for customers in its hometown of Boise, Idaho. The company put a premium on finding experienced staff members who could provide personal touches, which includes free concierge services that can help customers with event planning.
Empire Co., the parent of Canadian supermarket chain Sobeys, will acquire 26-store farm-to-table grocer Farm Boy, in a deal valued at $618 million. Empire will focus on expanding the Ottawa-based chain by opening new stores and converting some Sobeys locations to the new banner.