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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.[…] Continue Reading »

Restaurant news topped the most-clicked list this week. A story about White Castle navigating New York’s higher minimum wage was most popular with readers, followed by news that Taco Bell is testing a TacoBot. The automated ordering bot allows consumers to order and pay for their food through the workplace messaging system Slack.

A story about chefs using the popular spiralizer tool to create noodle-like ribbons out of fruits and vegetables was also popular with readers, as was news that Kraft Heinz is expanding its Cracker Barrel brand into a premium macaroni and cheese product.[…] Continue Reading »

Chain restaurant stories resounded with SmartBrief readers this week, starting with McDonald’s application to trademark the slogan “The Simpler the Better” as part of an ongoing streamlining of some parts of the chain’s menus and operations. A report from Technomic revealing a 4.9% growth in the top 500 US restaurant chains last year led by continued growth in the fast-casual sector also proved popular, as did the debut of Burger King’s Angriest Whopper and the key role digital technology is playing in McDonald’s marketing efforts.[…] Continue Reading »

Popular reads this week involved all – both retail and restaurants. Among the top stories were Lidl’s plan to expand out to the East Coast, hoping to build as many as 100 standalone 36,000-square-foot stores, and also, Kroger ranking as the top traditional supermarket retailer in the world, according to a report from the National Retail Federation.[…] Continue Reading »

Restaurants, consumer package goods brands and food retailers alike were making changes and developing strategies that trended toward innovation this week, a topic that drew the attention of SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers. In a move to strengthen its appeal among millennial consumers, McDonald’s revamped its packaging to feature a bold yet simple design. Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A announced the introduction of a trendy superfood salad featuring kale and broccolini, which will replace the chain’s classic coleslaw.[…] Continue Reading »