Woodman's Dairy and other UK-based milk-delivery companies have noted large increases in demand due to consumers' interest in reducing plastic usage. Home deliveries of glass-bottled milk in the UK have risen from an estimated 800,000 per day two years ago to about 1 million per day today, according to Dairy UK.
Dean Foods' TruMoo chocolate milk brand has teamed with One Warm Coat to help provide coats to people in need. Through Feb. 28, TruMoo will provide coats for two people for each photo of a person enjoying a warm mug of its chocolate milk shared with the hashtag #WarmUpWithTruMoo.
Cutting-edge technology strategies in the food and beverage space were on display at the National Retail Federation's Big Show last week, including Treasury Wine Estates' digital sales program. Stonewall Kitchen's use of artificial intelligence to boost sales and Total Wine & More's use of in-store video and digital signage were also featured.
Decision-making is often hampered by a complicated organizational structure where no one feels they can make the call, among other factors, say Aaron De Smet and Leigh Weiss of McKinsey. They identify and discuss the four types of decisions and what organizational actions need to happen with each.
Food writers Pete Wells and Hannah Goldfield dish on what it takes to be an effective restaurant critic and how things are changing in an age when anonymity is all but impossible. "Service has just gotten better across the board. Part of that is an emphasis on hospitality and part is also symptomatic of the Yelp era," Goldfield said.
Washington, D.C.-based Farmers Restaurant Group has grown to include seven Founding Farmers restaurants and a distillery that source most of their ingredients from family-owned farms and food producers. The North Dakota Farmers Union founded the restaurant group, and the union's 47,000 members own the group along with restaurateurs Dan Simons and Mike Vucurevich.
A slim majority, 51% of all surveyed customers, said they had consumed meat or poultry that day, with another 41% saying they had consumed it in the past two or three days, according to data from Datassential. Chicken was the most popular protein with beef right behind it in the results.
The makers of Liquid Death water spent just $600 on paid media for the brand's recent Facebook video, but the spot still garnered 1.2 million views in under two months. "We designed our spot for the internet, where there are very few rules," said founder Mike Cessario.
Students enrolled in the North Dakota State College of Science's culinary arts program recently worked alongside school nutrition professionals at an area high school through the Chefs Move to Schools program. The students learned to prepare a meal that met federal nutrition standards.
A program that supplied free meals to students in a Louisiana school district has reduced expenses by about $70,000 through reimbursements from the state. School officials, who expected to save about $25,000, are exploring ways to expand the program.