The value of rare Scotch whisky sold at auction soared by 46% in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, with per-bottle prices also climbing, according to Rare Whisky 101. The Macallan continues to be the leading brand in auction sales with its volume steady and value increasing, the firm reported.
Healthy Dining CEO Anita Jones-Mueller offers an overview of the recent UK Calorie Reduction Summit, which focused on the challenge of fighting obesity by promoting healthy eating. Jones-Mueller shared the saga of the more than eight years it took to get US menu labeling rules up and running and how the US and the UK can increase consumer adoption of healthy eating.
Steak 'n' Shake plans to sell each of its 401 company-owned restaurants to new single-unit franchisees for a $10,000 initial fee, said Sardar Biglari, CEO of parent Biglari Holdings. "We are seeking to harness the power of entrepreneurs and to create a company of owners," he said.
Franchising can help fledgling concepts grow faster, but the cost can sometimes be the loss of control that comes with adding multiple operators. Executives from Pokeworks, Velvet Taco and Dog Haus dish on the results of their decisions to franchise or not to franchise.
Shipt is expanding its same-day delivery to select markets in several Midwestern states including Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri this month. The delivery service will work with Target and Hy-Vee in most of the cities involved.
Impulse purchases at retail continue to be a strength of brick-and-mortar stores that isn't mirrored with online purchases, according to a report from the Global Market Development Center. Books, grilling and trial and travel items are the top three impulse buy categories and also are consistent sources of sales growth.
Nestle is rolling out its Lean Cuisine Origins line, featuring a range of meatless dishes such as Butternut Squash Lasagna and Coconut Chickpea Curry. Kellogg is also adding to its frozen food offerings with the launch of Eggo Double Chocalatey Thick & Fluffy waffles.
State and federal guidelines requiring schools to serve a certain number of grains and types of vegetables mean greater meal variety for students, says Sandy Kotson, cafeteria manager at John Marshall High School in West Virginia. A farm-to-table program in Marshall County schools also allows students to grow vegetables to be included in school meals.
Every student in a Michigan school district can get a free breakfast and lunch this school year through the Community Eligibility Provision. The program covers a high school, the middle schools and all elementary schools.
A study in Pediatrics found providing overweight or obese pregnant women with antenatal dietary and lifestyle advice did not affect their child's growth, adiposity or neurodevelopment at 18 months, compared with providing standard prenatal care. Researchers called for continued follow-up of the children because of the association between high infant birth weight and later obesity, and the prevalence of overweight, obesity and obesogenic behaviors at a young age.