SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers were interested in the news that Costco will spend $3 billion in the current fiscal year to open 25 new stores around the globe. The retailer operates 544 stores in the US and is planning another 15. Also in food retail, news of a record-breaking store opening for Wegmans piqued reader interest.
CPG readers were especially interested in news from Kraft Heinz this week, with stories about the company’s pathways to innovation and its new ancient grains mini-meals brand standing out. Kellog’s unveiling of Pretzel Pop-Tarts and new flavors of Cheez-Its also caught readers’ attention, as did a story about Hershey’s agile approach to product introductions.
On the restaurant side, readers were interested in a proposed Labor Department rule that would allow restaurants that don’t include tips when calculating servers’ wages to pool the gratuities and share them with kitchen staff. News of a survey showing that 60% of restaurant dining is done off-premises also whetted readers’ appetites.
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