New products, menu innovation and shifting food strategies at Target and Wal-Mart proved popular with SmartBrief readers this week, starting with plans for Hershey’s Krave Pure Foods unit to roll out meat snack bars this summer in flavors including black cherry barbecue and basil citrus.
On the restaurant front, Dunkin’ Donuts is experimenting with waffle breakfast sandwiches, cold-brew coffee and other premium menu items in a push to compete with McDonald’s all-day breakfast offerings. Chipotle Mexican Grill is also looking to new menu items like spicy chorizo to wean customers off recent food giveaways and jump-start sales growth after recent foodborne illness outbreaks.
Target is testing a new strategy in the produce department at its store in Edina, Minn., pricing fruit based on how long it’s been sitting on the shelf, while rival Wal-Mart is phasing out the Wild Oats brand of organic packaged foods in favor of expanded organic produce offerings and a renewed focus on its Great Value store brand. (read more…)
Out with the old and in with the new. So went the trend in most-popular stories this week, with details on Whole Foods Market‘s first 365 store, slated to open in Los Angeles next month, gaining the attention of the most readers this week. The store will reportedly put an emphasis on efficiency, with limited space for service departments and an emphasis on prepackaged fresh offerings, which will cut down on the store’s labor requirements, according to a floor plan for the store. The store, which will open next month in Los Angeles, will also dedicate a significant amount of space to perishable items and feature four 16-foot salad bar tables, a space for delivery service Instacart and Aloha ordering systems, the plan revealed.
Other popular stories this week involved new restaurant looks, new branding and new products.