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Top 10: CPG companies focus on flexibility; Lawmakers aim to expand summer food program; Restaurants line up for federal aid

Top 10: CPG companies focus on flexibility; Lawmakers aim to expand summer food program; Restaurants line up for federal aid
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Stories outlining business best practices from consumer packaged goods brands proved especially popular with SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week. A feature on Clorox’s hybrid work model topped the list. The company redesigned its California headquarters to better facilitate social distancing and updated employee roles that call for a mix of in-office and remote work. General Mills’ HR team shared insights gleaned from a survey that found employees are motivated by choice, which prompted the company to roll out its Gift of Choice program earlier this year. Instead of giving all employees the perk of an extra day off, employees can choose between the paid vacation day, a $250 bonus or directing a donation of $250 to the charity of their choice. Unilever’s chief HR officer, Leena Nair, also focused on flexibility when describing the company’s plans for having employees return to the office. “We are giving the options to employees as to where and when they work, whether this is how many days a week you are in the office or how you arrange your working day,” Nair said.

This week on Capitol Hill, lawmakers made plans to introduce the Stop Child Hunger Act, which would expand the summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program adopted during the pandemic. The program, which gives families funds to purchase food, would replace the USDA’s existing summer food initiatives.

The Small Business Administration on Monday closed the window for applications for grants under the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Restaurant operators have submitted 372,000 applications for grants totaling $76 billion, and SBA leader Isabella Casillas Guzman said many grant requests won’t be fulfilled unless the program is expanded, The New York Times reported.

Check out this week’s full Top 10:

  1. Clorox explains its hybrid work model
  2. Legislators to introduce Stop Child Hunger Act
  3. General Mills taps power of choice to boost morale
  4. Experts: Lidl’s new CEO reveals recommitment to US
  5. Unilever’s back-to-office strategy focuses on flexibility
  6. SBA: Restaurants have until Monday to apply for federal aid
  7. Whole Foods showcases suppliers in annual awards
  8. Kraft Heinz exec: Listening to social media is critical
  9. Consumer Brands requests action on rising CPG costs
  10. BJ’s plans call for 6 new stores in 4 states


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