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There is a lot of buzz around meal kit delivery services, like Blue Apron and HelloFresh, but the buzz may be greater than those who currently use the kits, finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Trial of meal kits is still relatively low with 3 percent of the U.S. adult population (18 and older) trying a meal kit delivery service within the last year. There are, however, opportunities for growth, according to a new NPD Group study.Chains: NPD Group
Uncle Maddio’s is expanding across the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and will open its third restaurant on July 22 in the Midtown area located at 345 S. Kings Drive, directly across from Trader Joe’s and the Metropolitan Center. Uncle Maddio’s offers hand-made pizza, salads, Foldwich, as well as craft beer and wine.
The lineup of offers and events for the grand opening weekend include:
· July 22: Starting July 18, sign up on the Uncle Maddio’s Charlotte Facebook page to be one of the first 2,000 people to earn a free 9-inch, three topping pizza.Chains: Uncle Maddio's
Unilever has bought Dollar Shave Club, the men's grooming company credited with disrupting the category and offering alternatives to more mainstream brands carried in stores.
JJ’s Red Hots is settling the Great Hot Dog Day Debate of 2016 like a national award-winning hot dog concept should: by celebrating the hot dog every day, including July 23, one of the “two” Hot Dog Days of summer.
While the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council designated July 14 as National Hot Dog Day this year based on the Congressional Calendar, which is tied to the National Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill, many national brands such as Nathan’s Famous, Wienerschnitzel, Dog Haus, and 7-Eleven decided to stick with last year’s date of July 23.Chains: JJ's Red Hots
Walmart may have backed away from its small-store format but Target is forging ahead, opening four new small-format city stores this week.
Tijuana Flats, a parent company for Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex restaurants, has announced Larry Ryback as the new CEO, reporting to the company’s chairman of the board and partner at AUA Private Equity Partners, Steven Flyer. Larry brings with him more than 25 years of demonstrated success in growth-oriented, leading restaurant brands.Chains: Tijuana Flats
Freshii, a leading health-casual restaurant franchise, has selected OneMethod as its first digital and social agency of record. Freshii has challenged the creative shop to produce memorable content that people will talk about on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts while elevating the fresh food concept’s digital footprint globally. With their finger on the food culture pulse, OneMethod plans to utilize Freshii’s brand power to generate a strong following and build up the brand in international markets.Chains: Freshii
Checkers and Rally’s are now offering new Kool-Aid Slushies. The icy treats launched in May 2016 as part of the new Chill Stop frozen beverage menu. Available in Tropical Punch and Blue Raspberry, two favorite flavors from the second best-selling powdered drink brand,the drinks are available nationwide at $1.79 for a 16-ounce cup and $2.29 for 20 ounces.Chains: Checkers/Rally's
Noodles & Company announced that Victor R. Heutz has been named to the position of Chief Operations Officer. Heutz will be responsible for leading Noodles & Company’s cross-functional teams in day-to-day operations, strategic planning, and guest service. He will report directly to chairman and CEO Kevin Reddy.Chains: Noodles & Company