The James Beard Foundation will give the Humanitarian of the Year award to chef and restaurateur Jose Andres, whose World Central Kitchen fed more than 3 million meals to residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. "He has demonstrated how, at the most difficult times, hot-cooked meals provide more than nutrition, they provide dignity," said foundation executive Mitchell Davis.
Asian specialty grocer iFresh, with 13 locations across the US, will begin accepting payment via Alipay, the quick checkout application from Alibaba.com, China's online retail giant. The move should make shopping easier for Chinese tourists visiting the US.
Domino's Pizza won't ever outsource its delivery to third-party players because it sees its in-house delivery system as more efficient and cost-effective, Chief Executive Officer J. Patrick Doyle said. "The only way to bring a long-term competitive advantage is to do it yourself."
Local farmers are benefiting from an effort at an Iowa elementary school meant to divert food scraps from the landfill. On "No Waste Wednesday," the school collects students' food scraps and donates them to a local farm to help feed the animals.
Mondelez is deploying a four-pronged strategy for the future that involves fresh innovations, expanding its power brands into new categories and markets, strengthening its e-commerce business and sharpening execution, said CEO Dirk Van de Put. "More than ever, we need to put the consumer at the center of everything we do, and we need to execute with excellence every day in every store," he said.
Coca-Cola is bringing its Georgia Peach and California Raspberry Coke flavors to store shelves this week in single glass bottles and four-packs. The launches represent the first new flavors for the Coca-Cola line since the 2002 debut of Vanilla Coke.
Cracker Barrel could launch biscuit bars as part of a larger effort to expand off-premise market share and sales, Chief Executive Officer Sandra Cochran said. Off-premise sales are on the rise with online ordering and catering options, and new efforts could also include breakfast sandwiches.
Baker Reem Assil will open a full-service restaurant in Oakland, Calif., in partnership with Daniel Patterson's Alta Group. The new eatery, dubbed Dyafa, will serve a menu flavored by the food of the James Beard Award nominee's childhood in a Palestinian-Syrian home.
As a child, Anne Albertine played with spices and cooked eggs Benedict, and later she left a job developing women's shoes for Nike to return to her passion for food. Today, as research and development director for Del Taco, Albertine takes a servant-style approach to leading her diverse team.
Seattle-based Lend an Ear has created a certification program to help consumers who have trouble hearing find "ear-friendly" restaurants. The program evaluates restaurants on factors including the use of noise-reducing design features, willingness to turn down the music and the availability of quiet spaces.
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