Starbucks will shutter upwards of 150 underperforming company-owned locations in 2019 and limit the number of new licensed stores. The company lowered its full-year profit forecast, and CEO Kevin Johnson calls the projected 1% same-store sales growth in the current quarter "not an acceptable performance."
Dunkin' Donuts will open a new concept store in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove, Ill., this year, one of a few markets where the chain will test the concept. The stores will have a more modern design, sell cold-brew on tap and offer more convenience options and espresso drinks.
Five of Union Square Hospitality Group's restaurants have gone cashless and more are expected to, and CEO Danny Meyer makes the case for switching to mobile and plastic payment methods. Eliminating cash promotes employee safety, speeds transactions and fosters a more efficient operation, he writes.
School nutrition professionals in a Texas district are serving summer meals that include local produce and milk through the Farm Fresh Challenge. Students also engage in activities that include local fruits and vegetables, such as a recent watermelon-rolling contest.
Vegetable-forward dishes, sustainable ingredients, under-used seafood varieties, popsicle straws for cocktails and spices like turmeric and harissa will be among this summer's top trends. "Summer is about finding the best in-season vegetables and fruits, then making sure they fit what your customers traditionally eat," said Jacqueline Platzer, assistant culinary director at P.J.W. Restaurant Group.
Vincent Chaperon will become the chef de cave at Dom Perignon beginning next year, the chateau announced. The veteran of Moet & Chandon will take over the role that Richard Geoffroy has held for 28 years.
US consumers spend more of their food budgets at restaurants than grocery stores, according to the US Census Bureau, and supermarkets are boosting their prepared food offerings to capture more spending. Consumers are craving convenience and innovative chef-driven new offerings they won't find anywhere else, industry experts say.
Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.
Pizza Hut's US restaurants will eliminate chickens raised with antibiotics that are important to human medicine by 2022, the Yum Brands-owned chain said Tuesday. Other chains including McDonald's, Chick-fil-A and Pizza Hut sibling brand KFC have recently announced similar goals.
McDonald's has created a french-fry shaped plastic stylus called a "Frylus" to help people take selfies with their burgers without messing up their phones. The chain will give away the gadgets with the purchase of Quarter Pounders or Double Quarter Pounders at 2,000 locations on Thursday, to celebrate National Selfie Day.
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