Casper expands virtual food hall model with Franklin Junction’s Host Kitchen® technology

GHENT, 14-Mar-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Franklin Junction partners with Casper, a modern day food hall offering 100% virtual orders for takeout and delivery, to expand iconic American restaurant brands to Benelux and France. Franklin Junction founder, Rishi Nigam, and Casper founder, Matthias Laga, presented their expansion plans at the recent International Ghost Kitchen Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Franklin Junction has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023 as they continue to deliver innovative technology solutions for restaurants in the US and now abroad. Leading the way with their proprietary Host Kitchen® model, Franklin Junction has grown into a full suite of solution services to empower restaurant success in the digital age. In 2022, Franklin Junction introduced its AI-powered digital food hall that allows consumers to order food and earn loyalty from multiple concepts in a single transaction and delivery.

“As industry leaders driving the growth of American restaurant brands in new markets, we have received a tremendous amount of interest to expand to the European market for a few years now,” shares Franklin Junction CEO Rishi Nigam. “After getting to know Matthias and the entire Casper team over the past year, we have full confidence that they are a trusted partner to expand globally with and we’re thrilled to bring iconic American fare to new diners across Europe.”

Casper launched in Ghent, Belgium and raised €5 million for their Series A in 2022 with the objective of creating a hybrid restaurant and food hall model where customers can walk-in to place orders for takeout or order through digital channels for delivery. In just a short time, Casper has expanded to over 10 locations in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, with an expansion goal of 50 kitchens by 2024.

“We’re very excited to partner with Franklin Junction and begin by introducing Nathan’s Famous’ authentic New York flavors to our European customers in the coming weeks,” states Matthias Laga, Co-founder and CEO of Casper. “Franklin Junction uniquely understands restaurants, multi-concept food halls, and restaurant eCommerce and their proprietary processes are extremely virtuous for all stakeholders.”

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Europe Halloumi Cheese Market: 76% of modern trade outlets and 92% of online grocery retailers had halloumi cheese in their offerings

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 2018-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Glancing through the dairy segment of retail aisles in Europe offers a clear comparison of preference for halloumi cheese than other cheese varieties. According to a Fact.MR study on halloumi cheese market76% of modern trade outlets and 92% of online grocery retailers had halloumi cheese in their offerings.

Not only has the consumer base expanded, but per capita consumption of Halloumi cheese has also witnessed an increase

Ease of availability is a key factor that has led to an increase in halloumi cheese sales worldwide, particularly in Europe. The Fact.MR study includes an analysis on the sentiments of retailers who did not have halloumi cheese in their product offerings – nearly 48% of the Eastern European retailers mentioned ‘increased customer enquiry’ about the availability of halloumi cheese over the past two years.

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Furthermore, not only has the consumer base increased, but the per capita consumption has also surged in Europe. Apart from Cyprus, which is a clear outlier in terms of per capita consumption of halloumi cheese, average consumption in Europe stands slightly less than a pound per year.

Halloumi Cheese Demand Growing on the Backdrop of Specialty Cheese Preference

Along with increased consumer base and per capita consumption of halloumi cheese in Europe, there’s an another dimension that plays a critical role. “It’s the variety of specialty and halloumi cheese which consumers are inclined towards. “Organic” has become another buzzword these days, which is mostly due to increased health consciousness and lifestyle changes among consumers, says Mr. Shambhu Nath Jha, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR. “The selection process of grocery products has widely changed among several consumer clusters, as they are moving away from lucrative offers toward products with added health benefits. Labels and certifications on cheese products were not as important to consumers earlier as they have become now,” adds Mr. Jha.

Digital Visibility Acting as a Catalyst for Halloumi Cheese Sales in Europe

One of the key reasons for increasing demand for halloumi cheese is its increasing presence on e-commerce shelves. This has had a significant impact on awareness about the product.

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“Specialty online channels are gaining popularity across Europe, owing to significant consumer demand for specialty products from Tier II and suburban areas. Online grocery retailers have broadened the access of their offerings to reach a wider demographic. The ease of access provided by online channels has led to the multi-dimensional growth, which has augured well for the prospects of halloumi cheese producers,” opines Mr. Jha.

Halloumi cheese has been growing at double-digit growth rate through online retail, and it is further expected to increase in the years to come. Developing countries, especially India and China, have gained significant traction in the online grocery sales and due to this, several cheese manufacturers and traders have partnered with specialty online stores.

Brands are Positioning Halloumi Cheese as a Healthy Alternative to Conventional Cheese

“The reason halloumi cheese sells like hot cakes across Europe is because it’s so moreish. However, a question even avid consumers ask is, “It tastes so good, but can it, in some way, be healthy? And, the answers are encouraging. Halloumi cheese is an excellent source of calcium and protein, and moderate intake can be advantageous,” says Mr. Jha.

Halloumi cheese producers are leveraging these attributes of the product in marketing, and positioning it as a healthy alternative to conventional cheese. However, it’s worthwhile to note that halloumi cheese is high in saturated fats and salts, and too much of halloumi cheese consumption can aggravate certain health conditions. There are cheese variants that are healthier than halloumi – feta, mozzarella, and cottage cheese. However, halloumi is considered as a healthier option than goat cheese and cheddar cheese

Burgeoning Demand Exerting Pressure on Production Capacities

Halloumi cheese is native to Cyprus, however, the surge in its demand globally has encouraged the local dairy producers in other European and non-European countries to produce it domestically. As a result, foray of new players has been witnessed in the halloumi cheese market. The burgeoning demand for halloumi cheese in Europe, especially in the UK, has catalyzed efforts to implement a genomic scheme to boost production in Cyprus. “The way forward for greater halloumi production is industry-institution collaboration,” concludes Mr. Jha.

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Non-Dairy Toppings Market: heightened penetration of dairy-free ice-creams across European retail stores and hypermarkets

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 2018-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Europe non-dairy toppings market revenues continue to head north, as the growing vegan population ramps up demand for non-dairy ingredients. Shelves and aisles across European retail stores and hypermarkets have been observed with heightened penetration of dairy-free ice-creams. Higher visibility of non-dairy products on retail shelves substantiate the heightened demand for ingredients used to process such products, and non-dairy toppings are no different. Over the years, the number of Europeans preferring non-dairy dairy products has increased significantly, and by second quarter of 2018, over one percent of European population was identified to be vegan, says a report published by Fact.MR on non-dairy toppings market.

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The number of vegan population in the UK alone has increased by 350% within a decade. Among the people who have embraced veganism in the U.K., nearly 63% are women. Observing this shift, leading UK retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco have introduced new range of vegan products. While the demand for vegan products and ingredients has amplified in Western Europe, frozen desserts and ice-creams are witnessing a surge in demand.

According to Fact.MR’s study, the popularity of non-dairy products is relatively higher in Germany, with over 60% of the Germans showing interest in non-dairy ice creams and frozen desserts wherein non-dairy topping is used for processing. Non-dairy ice cream ingredients which accounted for a mere 1% of the total ice cream ingredients demand in 2012, have grown up to sizeable 8% share in a span of five years in Western European countries.

The non-dairy toppings market has also been aided by celebrity endorsements and word-of-mouth by influencers on social media. This population base has translated into a sizable market for non-dairy topping producers, which have realigned their strategies to leverage the unfolded white space in European food & beverages market.

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Lactose-averse Individuals Supplementing Non-dairy Toppings Demand

People who opt for non-dairy topping based products had to compromise with their choice of food, and lactose intolerant population group forms the leading chunk of this population group. Lactose intolerant individuals are allergic to food that contains dairy products, and are on targeted dietary plan such as Whole30 and the Paleo diet. With about 65% of European population reckoned to be lactose intolerant, and North European countries leading the list, the widespread preference and adoption for non-dairy topping is evident.

Furthermore, companies engaged in production of dairy based products also received consumer feedback of introducing key brands in non-dairy variants, and a few handful of market actors considered. European food & beverages market witnessed over 35 such product launch in last six quarter with non-dairy claims and almost 15 of those using non-dairy toppings.

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FMI: New study reveals that 28% of American jobs are connected the food and agriculture sectors

More than one-fourth of American employment tied to the combined industries

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A nationwide economic impact study released today (Nov 16, 2017) found that more than one-fifth (or 20.4%) of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors and that more than one-fourth of all American jobs (28%) are similarly connected. Twenty-two food and agriculture organizations commissioned this research, available at

Among the most important findings:

Total Jobs: 43,311,057

Total Wages: $1.9 trillion

Total Taxes: $894.13 billion

Exports: $146.32 billion

Total Food and Industry Economic Impact:  $6.7 trillion

“We have long understood that the food and agriculture industries play an absolutely vital role not only in feeding Americans, but also in feeding and growing the nation’s economy. This historic farm-to-fork economic analysis quantifies the impact of the jobs, wages, taxes and exports the industry makes possible,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).  “As policymakers consider tax reform and other means to expand economic activity, I hope they will have a better understanding of how the food and agriculture sector not only feeds Americans, but also feeds the U.S. economy.”

To measure the total economic impact of the sectors, the analysis also includes the indirect and induced economic activity surrounding these industries, which captures upstream and downstream activity. For example, when a farm equipment retailer hires new employees because farmers are buying more tractors, experts consider the new salaries an indirect impact. Similarly, when a retail associate spends her paycheck, an induced economic impact occurs. Together, these have a multiplier effect on the already formidable direct impact of food and agriculture.

“These numbers tell an essential story, reminding us that food and agriculture remain absolutely central to our nation’s well-being. We not only produce three square meals a day for most Americans, that same work supports one in four American jobs — 28% of all U.S. employment can be tied to our industries,” said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association. “Policymakers should keep this data in mind as they consider changes to tax and trade issues that might affect the food and agriculture sectors.”

“The release of today’s study further illustrates the powerful economic impact of the food and agriculture sector to the nation’s economy that is felt in every part of the country,” said American Bakers Association President and CEO Robb MacKie. “This study reinforces the previous Council for Economic Development study that listed the food and beverage industry as the largest manufacturing sector of our economy and has a significant positive trade balance impact. We hope policy makers will take this powerful economic impact into consideration as they make key decisions.”

The economic data was compiled by John Dunham & Associates and is available at The analysis illustrates the direct impact of food and agriculture on jobs, wages, economic output, exports, and state and local business taxes. The interactive website also breaks out the data at the national, state and congressional district levels.

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The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.

ABA is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry.  Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities.  ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers.  ABA members produce bread, rolls, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families.  The baking industry generates more than $102 billion in direct annual economic activity and employs over 706,000 highly-skilled people.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry, which employs nearly 5 million workers and represents a combined annual sales volume of almost $800 billion. FMI member companies operate nearly 33,000 retail food stores and 12,000 pharmacies. FMI membership includes the entire spectrum of food retail venues; single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains, pharmacies, online and mixed retail stores. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education, health and wellness and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to almost 1,000 ­­­food retail and wholesale member companies and serves 85 international retail member companies. In addition, FMI has almost 500 associate member companies that provide products and services to the food retail industry.  For more information, visit and for information regarding the FMI Foundation, visit

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Britain’s shoppers can now save money on fuel as well as food when they shop at Tesco

Britain’s shoppers can now save money on fuel as well as food when they shop at Tesco


DUBLIN, IRELAND, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Bray Hockey Club Scoops top prize of €10,000 
This year, over 3,000 clubs registered for the Topaz’ Cash for Clubs initiative. Since its launch in 2015, Cash for Clubs has €400,000 in prizes to clubs across the island of Ireland.

Bray Hockey Club, Co. Wicklow, is the grand prize winner of Cash for Clubs 2017. After signing up to the community initiative, members and friends of the Wicklow club simply fuelled up at their local Topaz in Brennanstown, Co. Wicklow, and donated their collected tokens to their club. Bray Hockey Club was then randomly drawn as this year’s lucky grand prize winner, scooping the top prize of €10,000.

Being at the heart of local communities across the country, Topaz recognises the vital role that clubs of all shapes and sizes play in providing opportunities for people of every age to learn new skills, socialise and be active. Given the challenges clubs across Ireland face when it comes to vital fundraising, Topaz introduced the ‘Cash for Clubs’ scheme in 2015 to give clubs the opportunity to generate much-needed funds by harnessing the support of their members and the local community.

Sarah O’Connor, Bray Hockey Club Treasurer said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the winners of this year’s Cash for Clubs grand prize! €10,000 will go such a long way and will enable us to invest in new equipment and the development of our facilities. We are incredibly grateful and excited for what we can achieve, so a massive thanks to Topaz!”

MJ Tierney, Head of Marketing at Topaz, added: “We are delighted to be awarding the €10,000 grand prize to such a deserving club. Topaz strives to be an intrinsic part of communities across Ireland, providing a daily service across the 32 counties, and the Cash for Clubs initiative enables us to reward local clubs of all shapes and sizes. We would like to congratulate all our winners this year, and Bray Hockey Club especially, who have been lucky enough to win the €10,000 grand prize.

“Cash for Clubs offers an all-inclusive platform, which ensures everyone is a winner and rewards the tireless work of clubs across the country that demonstrate commitment to their communities, day in and day out. We are excited to see the positive impact that the grand prize will make to Bray Hockey Club over the coming months.”

Details on all of the winners from this year’s Cash for Clubs initiative across Ireland are available online.  To see all the prize winner details for 2017, visit and

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Delaware North Sportservice extends food, beverage and retail services contract at Target Field in Minneapolis

Delaware North Sportservice extends food, beverage and retail services contract at Target Field in Minneapolis


Long-term contract encompasses array of food, beverage and retail services at the ballpark

BUFFALO, N.Y. and MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delaware North Sportservice, a global leader in sports hospitality and food service, and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a long-term contract extension at Target Field in Minneapolis. Since Target Field opened in 2010, Delaware North Sportservice has provided a full breadth of food and beverage services in concessions, suites, catering and premium areas, as well as retail management.

“The Twins are a first-class organization, and we look forward to continuing this strong partnership,” said Carlos Bernal, president of Delaware North Sportservice. “We are extremely proud of the work we have done at Target Field, making it one of the top ballpark destinations in the country while also creating a game-day experience that reflects the very best of the Twin Cities.”

Over the past several years, Delaware North Sportservice has worked with the Twins to introduce new and distinctive dining options at the ballpark, including opening Minnie and Paul’s, a popular Twins-themed pub under the iconic center field celebration sign, and CATCH, an all-inclusive club on the mezzanine level that provides a one-of-a-kind game experience. Other additions to the ballpark have included the Barrio bar inside Gate 6, which was created in partnership with a Minneapolis-based Latin restaurant and tequila bar, and the Taste of Target Field food truck, which brings popular game-day dishes outside of the ballpark to destinations all across the Twin Cities.

“The Minnesota Twins are thrilled to be in partnership with Delaware North Sportservice,” Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. “Delaware North is the global leader in enhancing fan experience through superior customer service and the presentation of the best in food and beverage. Their commitment to excellence has helped make Target Field one of America’s great sports destinations.”

Expanding the number of local food items has also been a focus at Target Field, with regional brands such as Kramarczuk’s Sausages, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, Izzy’s Ice Cream and Red Cow becoming mainstays at the ballpark. The local food presence has earned praise both locally and nationally, as did the venue’s hosting of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2014.

Beyond enhancing the game-day experience for fans, Delaware North Sportservice has worked extensively with the Twins to be a leader among professional sports teams with its sustainability efforts. Through its companywide environmental stewardship platform, GreenPath®, Delaware North Sportservice has worked to achieve a nearly 80 percent waste diversion rate and helped Target Field become the first team in pro sports to achieve LEED gold certification for its operations.

The Twins also partnered with Delaware North’s travel division to open the Twins Grill at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2017. The eatery offers a distinctive dining experience by serving classic ballpark fare in an atmosphere designed to look and feel like Target Field.

Delaware North Sportservice operates food, beverage and retail operations at more than 50 sports and entertainment venues across the world — including TD Garden in Boston, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Wembley Stadium in London. The company has been serving MLB fans since 1930 and currently provides hospitality services at 11 MLB ballparks.

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Delaware North has annual revenue of $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at


Victoria Hong
Director-Corporate Communications
250 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: 716-858-5420
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India: Enjoy a medley of authentic global flavours with CCD’s new ‘International Burger Carnival’

Mumbai, India, 2017-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Who doesn’t love a good burger? And who wouldn’t love two yummy burgers of different global flavours on a single plate?!! That is exactly what Café Coffee Day’s (CCD) delicious new menu addition is all about. Burgers in authentic flavours that is juicy and mouth–watering and promises to be epic! The special menu aptly called ‘International Burger Carnival’ introduces a range of six scrumptious burgers in different irresistible international flavours that will take you on a trip around the world just through your tastebuds!

Burgers are one of the most popular food of youngsters in India and worldwide. It hasn’t just seen an evolution in the past few years, but an explosion. No other food has enjoyed anything close to the radical rethinking and re-evaluation that has been applied to burgers. CCD too has experimented with this youth favorite food and introduced a range of burgers, each in a savory international flavour unique only to CCD.

This delicious new menu presents burgers packed with ingredients and seasonings that will leave your taste buds dancing with an explosion of flavours. True awesomeness in every bite! CCD takes youth’s love for international flavours a notch higher with a range of three vegetarian and three non-vegetarian options. The flavours are authentic in its attempt to give one a unique gastronomic experience. The portions come in a serving of two burgers and promises to leave one craving for more.

The vegetarian options are flavoursome. There is Afghan-e-Paneer which brings you authentic Afghani paneer tikka, grilled in butter masala with cheese, onions and lettuce layers into a peri-peri seasoned bun. A bite of Egyptian Falafel will take one back to the Pyramids with its flavourful falafel patty with mozzarella cheese and hummus set in a toasty bun with hot peri-peri seasoning. And of course there is the American Crispy with the traditional crunchy veg patty with cheese, served with tangy red onions, lettuce and chilli salsa topped with nacho chips in a season bun. Every bite of these sliders promises you an escape to different destinations.

Meat lovers can sink their teeth into African Pepper Chicken for that spicy African style food craving. It offers juicy chicken cubes in spicy pepper sauce, topped with tangy red onions and fresh lettuce. Egyptian food lovers can opt for Egyptian Roast. It brings you roast chicken with mozzarella cheese, onions and mayo wrapped in an oven –hot bun straight from spice markets of Egypt.  And for the classic burger lovers, there is the American Classic which will bring alive the Native American spirit in you with its freshly baked bun filled with delightfully crispy chicken patty, crunchy lettuce, onions and creamy mayo.

Speaking on the launch of these exceptional burgers, Venu Madhav, CEO, Café Coffee Day said “CCD lovers know how we strive to create experiences that are both delicious and delightful. After the successful launch of winter beverages, Magical Brews, it is food that takes center stage at CCD. With the youth’s love for burger which is gaining more and more popularity, we bring to them ‘International Burger Carnival’ a range of scrumptious burgers in authentic international flavours that is unlike any other. Whether it’s the Egyptian Falafel or the spicy African Pepper Chicken or the Afghan Paneer, every preparation is crafted to exemplify unique taste. We are sure the young customers of CCD will enjoy our latest offering.”

The amazing ‘International Burger Carnival’ menu starts at just Rs. 110/- with two deliciously juicy burgers served in every plate bringing in great value to the customer. So wait no more…experience the world with your taste buds at CCD! The offerings are being launched across the country in a phase-wise manner.

About CCD:

CCD is India’s largest café chain in terms of number of café outlets as of December 31, 2014 (source: Indian Coffee Industry Overview, March 2015, Technopak (“Technopak, March 2015”)) and operates through Coffee Day Global Limited (“CDGL”), a subsidiary of Coffee Day Enterprises Limited. CCD has pioneered the coffee culture in the chained café segment in India (source: Technopak, March 2015) and opened its first café in Bengaluru in 1996. CCD’s menu ranges from a mix of hot and cold coffees and include several food options, desserts and pastries. In addition, CCD brand merchandise and accessories such as coffee mugs, coffee machines, travel mugs, etc. are available at the cafés.

Taco Bell announces its New Year’s commitments to its food, people and restaurants


Irvine, Calif., 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spirit of New Year’s, millions of resolutions will be made. Instead of setting unrealistic resolutions that start out with the best of intentions and fizzle out by February, Taco Bell is making New Year’s commitments to its food, people and restaurants – and will keep them long past February.

Taco Bell is welcoming the next 365 days with commitments that reflect more of what its fans want, less of what they don’t and build on its momentum of being a modern brand that’s current, creative and has a cause.

See what New Year’s commitments Taco Bell will be sticking to in 2017. And, as a bonus, they may just help you stick to yours.
• Getting rid of things that customers told us don’t make sense anymore:

o Taco Bell is saying goodbye to its XL soda cups in 2017.
o By early 2017, the brand will remove all antibiotics important to human medicine from its chicken across U.S. restaurants.
o Where possible, Taco Bell is removing preservatives and other additives from its food by 2018 across its U.S. restaurants.

• Giving fans more of what they want:
o Taco Bell reached its goal to serve only 100% cage-free whole eggs on its breakfast menu. Now, the brand is expanding its commitment to serve 100% cage-free egg ingredients across the core menu. That means the eggs used to create its avocado ranch sauce, creamy jalapeno sauce, habanero sauce and creamy chipotle sauce will be made with cage-free egg ingredients come January 1, 2018.

• Cutting back on the salt:
o Taco Bell reduced sodium by 15% on average across its menu since 2008, but isn’t stopping there. By 2025, Taco Bell will grow that number by an additional 10%, for a 25% reduction across its menu, while still delivering the same bold flavors fans love.

• Giving employees and customers the opportunities they need to turn their dreams into goals:
o The Live Más Scholarship will be bigger, better and bolder in 2017 with the help of the 2016 recipients and $1.3 million to support the next wave of creators, innovators and dreamers.
o Taco Bell is also committing to creating 100,000 U.S. jobs by 2022, and continuing to support all its team members with education and training programs, whether they start with the company, or stay with Taco Bell.
o Because youth are the heart and soul of the brand, Taco Bell is committing to hire 1.5 million young adults over the next 10 years.

• Being good neighbors in all its communities:
o In 2017, through its new restaurant concepts, Taco Bell will better reflect the local communities by reducing energy consumption and featuring more reclaimed materials and sustainable landscape features. The company will also update its packaging to celebrate its craveable food, while remaining environmentally conscious. Up next: The Fiesta Taco Salad is moving from plastic to a paper box.

But, some things are best left untouched. Taco Bell doesn’t think choosing food you feel good about should come at the cost of breaking the bank – so fans can expect the $1 All Day Menu and $5 Box to continue. And, because moderation is key – and more realistic – those uniquely Taco Bell, craveable, cheesy, often-indulgent items are here to stay.

With these 2017 commitments come another year full of open and honest communication with customers and fans. Taco Bell has made it policies and positions available on for full transparency on where the brand stands on various topics. And this year, for the first time, Taco Bell is developing a Purpose Report to give you a closer look at the causes that matter to the brand.

If reflecting on the previous year before ringing in the new is your thing – check out here for a look at what Taco Bell brought you in 2016.


Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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Starbucks launches new food and snack menu for the summer months

SEATTLE, 2015-7-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks designs menus to meet the needs of customers at different times of the day and evening. During the summer months, this means creating meals for plane travel or road trips as well as portable food perfect for spontaneous picnics and after work snacks.

“Bistro boxes are the epitome of portable, flexible, grab and go food,” said Melodie Beal, Starbucks product development manager, Food Innovation. “Building on the success of the Protein Bistro Box and Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wrap, we’re adding the Omega-3 Bistro Box this summer.”

Beal was instrumental in developing this new box, which was provides a nutrient-rich on-the-go option that can be eaten any time of day. The Omega-3 Bistro Box features Smoked wild Alaskan salmon cream cheese spread, edamame hummus, Omega-3-infused trail mix with dark chocolate chunks, wheat-free crackers and cucumbers.

“Customers have been asking for bistro boxes that are good for you and taste delicious as well,” Beal said. “We looked at a list of foods with Omega-3s and started with those foods.”

Also new is a Prosciutto and Mozzarella Pinwheel Bistro Box that is being tested in Orlando and San Diego. It features Prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella, lemon artichoke dip, olive oil and sea salt crackers, bell peppers, grapes and a chocolate truffle bar.

Making Time for a Quick Bite

In addition to customer feedback, research shows that snacks represent 50% of what Americans eat each day according to Modern Eating: Cultural Roots, Daily Behaviors, a 2013 study by the Hartman Group. Whether in-the-moment snacking or “snack planning,” customers can find a range of small meals at Starbucks® stores from wholesome bites to indulgent treats. This summer, select stores will feature a curated selection of innovative, delicious snacks made by 13 companies.

“Since so many people are snacking these days, we decided to increase the number of snacks we offer in our stores,” said Ellie Halevy, Starbucks vice president, Food. “We looked for companies that could help us provide a wider variety of options both sweet and savory.”

The collection of snacks will be available in 3,400 Starbucks® stores in major metropolitan areas. They will launch in areas where the majority of customers are looking to grab a snack or an interesting new treat as they quickly move to their next destination.

Enhancing Traditional Meals

In addition to the new selection of snacks, Starbucks will provide unique lunch and dinner options. For customers who have requested a heartier sandwich, the new BBQ Beef Brisket on Sourdough offers flavors reminiscent of an outdoor barbecue.

“The recipe was inspired by our product development team’s West Coast roots,” said Halevy. “This sandwich was crafted with high-quality ingredients including iconic San Francisco-Style Sourdough, roasted onions braised in Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock Beer and Sonoma Jack cheese, both from Northern California.”

Another change for Starbucks® sandwiches is an updated Chicken Santa Fe Sandwich. It will now feature an Ancient Grain Flatbread, similar to the Chicken Artichoke Panini that was introduced earlier this year.

“We received rave reviews from customers about our Ancient Grain Flatbread because of its rich, Southwestern flavor and crunchy texture,” said Halevy. “We all agreed that it would be the perfect way to enhance the Chicken Santa Fe Sandwich.”

Several of these new treats in Starbucks® stores are seasonal, like the new Raspberry Chocolate Chip scone that will replace the Cranberry Orange scone for the summer. The collection of snacks will be available while supplies last through September.

The Omega-3 Bistro Box may not be available in New York.

View our fact sheets for complete product details for all summer offerings.

For more information on this news release, contact us.


Starbucks launches new food and snack menu for the summer months

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Waitrose, The UK Supermarket Chain, Has Confirmed It Has Exchanged Contracts To Open Its First Shop In Colchester, Essex

Waitrose, the food shops of the John Lewis Partnership, has announced that it has entered into agreement with developers, St. Andrew’s Avenue LLP (assisted by Aquila Developments Ltd.), for the former Glyn Webb DIY store site in St. Andrew’s Avenue, Colchester to be turned into their newest store. The initial exchange of contracts was conditional to formal approval of the application by the Council, which has now been received, so work will now proceed.

While Waitrose only signed up in August, the developers already had an application to open a supermarket on the site recommended for approval by Colchester Council’s Planning Officers. This deal continues to build on the food shop’s ambitious expansion plans, which have seen the supermarket develop into a national brand over the last five years.

The new Waitrose supermarket will have a retail area of 23,000sq ft and will offer 222 car parking spaces for shoppers. Work will start on converting the store in January 2009 with an anticipated opening in October next year. Up to 150 job opportunities will be created for the local community. As employees in the John Lewis Partnership, they will be entitled to a share in annual profits, shopping discounts and a say in how the business is run.

Waitrose Director of Development, Nigel Keen, said: “There is a real passion forquality food here and we welcome the opportunity to bring Waitrose to Colchester for the first time so people can discover more about our brand. We pride ourselves on becoming part of the fabric of a town and we look forward to playing an important role in adding to the vibrancy of the town and offering more choice for the local community.”

Tony Chambers, on behalf of the developers, added: “We are delighted Waitrose has committed itself to the scheme. We believe this will create a real focal point for people in Colchester and provide them with key services at the heart of their community.”

The shop will offer a wide range of quality fresh foods and groceries, an award-winning wine collection, specialist meat, fish and cheese counters together with a bakery and delicatessen.

About Waitrose:
Waitrose has 191 branches in its estate including stores in Wales and Scotland and has just been named Britain’s Best High Street Retailer at the Which? Awards 2008 and Supermarket of the Year by the RSPCA at its Good Business Awards in 2008. The food shop has won more major wine awards than any other retailer and was named Supermarket of the Year 2007 at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Waitrose sells over 1,700 organic products, over 60 different types of fish and seafood and more than 100 different cheeses. The food shop also enjoys one of the best reputations for dealing with farmers and suppliers

Via EPR Network
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