• Dutch Supermarket Conglomerate Buys FreshDirect
    That's Ahold Delhaize, which will acquire a majority share in the U.S. food delivery company for an undisclosed sum. "Launched in 2002 and headquartered in Bronx, N.Y., FreshDirect delivers fresh food groceries directly to customers throughout seven states, including the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas," per Chain Store Age. The move is on track with Ahold's "intention to increase its online capacity by nearly 100% in the U.S."
  • Dunkin' Launches Customizable Clothing, Bedding
    Dunkin’ is going all out to give fans fun options for holiday gifting. The holiday merchandise lineup includes a customizable shirt, robe and bedding. The new items are available to Dunkin’ Perks members now and will be available to the general public on Nov. 17 for anyone “who bleeds orange and pink,” the company said in a statement.
  • Pro Bowl Goes Virtual Via EA Sports Madden NFL 21
    NFL fans can take heart -- there's still more "football" to come. After the real-life version of football's all-star game was canceled, the Pro Bowl instead will play out on the EA Sports Madden NFL 21 video game. “The NFL opened month-long fan voting Tuesday for the first virtual Pro Bowl, which could feature players whose team makes the Super Bowl because they won't have to attend and play in real life,” per the Associated Press.
  • Waffle House, Brewery Plan Bacon-Flavored Beer
    File it under the category “everything is better with bacon,” even beer. Waffle House has teamed with Oconee Brewing Company to create a beer that delivers an aroma of breakfast meat. The brewery reached out to Waffle House's headquarters in Atlanta, less than 100 miles to the west, about teaming up on a beer. Bacon & Kegs beer has a malty character enhanced with "salty, savory, and smokey bacon extract.”
  • Beyond Meat Plans Healthier Burger
    Beyond Meat’s burger, launched in 2016, was modeled after a traditional beef burger, using an 80/20 split of plant-based protein and saturated fat from sources like coconut oil. The company is prepping the third generation of the Beyond Burger, with about 55% less saturated fat. Beyond says the number-one reason people eat meat alternatives isn’t for ethics or the environment, but for their health.
  • Target Pledges Racity Equity Support
    Aside from launching its own Racial Equity Action and Change committee this year, Target is also partnering with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s National Racial Equity Initiative. Beginning in 2021, Target will be a sponsor contributing $1 million to be paid out over five years. The focus will be education, economic opportunity and law enforcement.
  • Cracker Barrel Issues Apology After Noose-Like Decoration Spotted
    Cracker Barrel restaurant chain said an antique soldering iron with an original wrapped cord has been in one Connecticut location for years. "The décor item … should have been noticed and corrected before ever being displayed, and it has since been removed," the company said in an email. The company apologized to the guest who pointed it out, and also apologized on Twitter.
  • Prince Of Wales Foundation Supports Sustainable Clothing
    Italian fashion retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter has partnered with The Prince’s Foundation to create a line of sustainable clothing. “The collection was built on three foundations: artisan fashion skills and sustainable practices, both supported by technical data supplied by Yoox Net-a-Porter on shopping preferences of its 4.3 million customers,” per the Hollywood Reporter. The Prince’s Foundation was established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1986 to focus on education and sustainability.
  • Costco Updates, Strengthens Mask Policy
    Beginning Nov. 16, all guests and employees at Costco must wear either a mask over their nose and mouth or, if they are unable to medically tolerate that, a face shield. The retailer was one of the first to mandate shoppers wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Costco says it has delivery options on its website for members who are unable to wear a mask or face covering.
  • DoorDash, Airbnb Among Those Expected To Go Public Soon
    Despite the pandemic, it’s been a good year for initial public offerings. “Between early and mid-December, public investors will likely get their first crack at buying stock in food delivery provider DoorDash, e-retailer Wish and kids gaming company Roblox,” per CNBC. “Airbnb is also expected to file its prospectus by early next week, putting the home-sharing company in position to hold its market debut after Thanksgiving, said two of the people.”
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