Walmart will debut virtual reality headsets in all of its US stores next month as a system for realistic training. In a pilot project, staff members using the headsets learned such tasks as loading the company's new pickup towers.
The newest Shake Shack restaurant in New York City's West Village neighborhood sits atop the chain's first Innovation Kitchen, where new recipes will be created. The eatery, which opened this week, features an expanded menu and will be the first Shake Shack location to test new menu items developed downstairs.
Taco Bell is getting ready to celebrate National Taco Day on Oct. 4 with a push from Deutsch across 20 countries that includes an animated spot, "Glen and the Magic Taco," which features a talking taco named El Cruncho that delivers tacos to everyone one day a year. The campaign also includes market-targeted special offers and merchandise, and fans can find out what's happening in their country on social by following #NationalTacoDay.
Danone is working to grow with the expanding yogurt market by adapting to the latest yogurt trends and releasing fresh innovations, according to Sergio Fuster, president of US Yogurt for Danone North America. The company currently holds approximately 70% market share in the plant-based yogurt category, and is seeing "significant potential" from its Activia Probiotic Dailies shots, Fuster said.
Wegmans will open a store in Lancaster, Pa., this weekend, positioning the Northeastern chain to reach the 100-store plateau next year. The company has three stores set to open in 2019 in North Carolina, Virginia and New York.
More than one-third of US consumers age 25 to 34 have consumed flavored sparkling water within the past three months, and beverage producers are stepping up with new natural flavors to meet demand. "The desire for unsweetened beverage options, along with consumer demand for more exotic flavors and unusual ingredients, is driving a trend toward more and more creative sparkling waters," said Mintel's Jenny Zegler.
PepsiCo received over 1.2 billion impressions for its new Pepsi Zero Sugar spot, which premiered during "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" this week. The 15-second "Sound and Bubbles" ad features close-up shots of the effervescent drink.
US consumers are expected to spend $2.6 billion on seasonal confections this Halloween, according to National Retail Federation data, and Candystore.com has crunched the numbers to map out the most popular candies in each state. While Skittles, M&M's and Snickers hold the top three slots nationwide, state-specific statistics show regional love for confections such as Almond Joy, Sour Patch Kids and Double Bubble.
Bacon is the most popular meat among consumers, and pork was the fastest-growing protein in the foodservice industry between 2011 and 2017, according to Datassential. Pork belly has also boomed on menus during the past decade, and other cuts shine at restaurants such as The Purple Pig in Chicago, which serves pig tail-stuffed piquillo peppers with popcorn and chicharrons.
Don't cheat on a good tequila or substitute premade sour mix for fresh lime juice if you want your margarita to really shine, Emily Saladino writes. One mistake worth avoiding, she writes, is too much salt all the way around the rim.
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