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Continuing to walk towards Jon and Adam Schlegel’s celebrated Snooze: An A.M. Eatery location at Denver’s Union Station was an act of pure optimism. I’d already called ahead and learned that it would take another hour for a table for two to open up. Still, I kept walking, with an entrepreneur’s confidence that I could find a way around the system — some way to skip the line.[…] Continue Reading »

“Flat what?” That’s what everyone was asking when Starbucks introduced the flat white to its menu in January. “Starbucks is introducing a new drink to its menu that you’ve probably never heard of,” said ABC News. “Starbucks to serve a coffee Americans know little about,” announced CNN. “The first time I order a flat white, I have no idea what I’ve just asked for,” wrote Fast Company.[…] Continue Reading »

Innovation ain’t easy. For starters, it requires something precious that all consumer product brands must work hard to achieve — trust. And once that trust is finally won, brands naturally tend to stick with the relative safety of the known. Instead of leaping forward with profound innovations — which, after all, could inadvertently alienate those hard-won loyalists — they play it safe and move sideways.[…] Continue Reading »

Berries have gone from a seasonal treat to a year-round staple, as global trade makes it possible to have fresh fruit year-round, new packaging and shipping technologies keep the berries fresh longer and an increased focus on the perceived health benefits of berries fuels a rise in demand.

Per capita berry consumption in the U.S. grew steadily from 4.9 pounds to 8.8 pounds between 2000 and 2012, according to the U.S.[…] Continue Reading »

Denver’s identity as a hub of fast-casual innovation is by now well-cemented, as the Denver Post reported last week. The Mile High City was the birthplace of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Qdoba and Noodles & Company, stars in the first generation of what has become the industry’s fastest growing segment nationwide.

One of those pioneers was Aaron Kennedy, the founder of Noodles and Company, who came up with the idea for an eatery serving noodles and pasta inspired by the world’s favorite cuisines in 1993, after passing a noodle shop in New York City, where he was living and working as a corporate marketer.[…] Continue Reading »