Chipotle Debuts Virtual Farmers’ Market

Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched the Chipotle Virtual Farmers’ Market, powered by Shopify, that allows farmers in the Chipotle supply chain to launch improved versions of their own e-commerce websites. Through these individual online marketplaces, suppliers can sell meat, dairy, and grain products directly to consumers across the country. “It can be intimidating for manyRead More

Impossible Sausage Comes to Restaurants Nationwide

Impossible Foods is expanding sales of its Impossible Sausage to restaurants nationwide. Food distributors such as DOT, Sysco, US Foods, and others will now carry the plant-based sausages at warehouses through the U.S. In addition, Impossible Foods teamed up with Yelp to curate a list of top diners across the country which will be theRead More

Panel Discussion on Navigating the Second Half of 2020

SFA members are invited to join Green Circle Capital today, June 29 at 8 p.m. EST for a panel discussion on how operators and investors can best navigate the second half of this year. Panelists include: Eric Skae, managing partner, The Bricktown Group (and former CEO of Rao’s Homemade); asset based lender: Jessica Bates, Director, DwightRead More

Consumers Double Spending on Fast Food Breakfast Delivery

Between the weeks of March 16 and April 13, consumer nearly doubled their spending on fast food breakfast items ordered through third party delivery services like DoorDash or Uber Eats, according to Edison Trends, reports CNBC. The spending peaked the week of May 11 and has fallen slightly since. McDonald’s saw the biggest sales spike,Read More

5 Tips for Food Makers as They Enter the Second Half of 2020

“Don’t do anything without considering the impact it has on the customer,” said Brendan Witcher, VP and principal analyst at Forrester during the latest SFA Ask the Experts webinar. Witcher shared the following tips for companies as they enter the second half of 2020. Assess consumer concerns and how to alleviate them to make them feel better about your brand,Read More

Reopened Restaurants Forced to Close Again

Restaurants across the country are closing shortly after reopening due to employees testing positive for COVID-19, reports Eater. Nothing Bundt Cakes, a national bakery chain, has closed two locations in California this week and in Las Vegas, five restaurants were forced to shutter after employees tested positive. This back-and-forth is causing many disruptions to businessesRead More

Impossible Breakfast Sandwich Comes to Starbucks

Starbucks has added the Impossible Breakfast Sandwich to its menu in the U.S. The sandwich features Impossible Foods’ plant-based Impossible Sausage, a cage-free fried egg, and aged cheddar cheese on ciabatta bread. “Over the years, in response to customer interest, we have added plant-based milk alternatives such as soy, coconut, almond, and oat milk,” saidRead More

Food Allergy Customers Trust More in Small Brands

Consumers with food allergies spend $19 billion annually on specialty food to avoid allergic reactions or other health consequences, according to research from Food Allergy Research & Education, reports Food Business News. In addition, 68 percent of food allergy consumers tend to trust smaller and allergen-friendly brands over large brands, and 60 percent said theyRead More

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