Building the Next Generation Brand

Building the Next Generation Brand
  • Freshii, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, and Kabbage discuss what makes a successful restaurant brand

  • Foodable.io session dissects emerging brands and what guiding pinciples matter like people, environment, and profitability

On this Foodable.io Session, FCSI Consultant and Foodable Host Bill Bender gathers some growing companies to discuss top-performing food brands and what is responsible for their growth. While we often explore new advances in technology and innovation in menu development and design, these brands bring it back to the basics.

In this episode, we talk about how treating your employees well impacts your productivity and thus profits, and how your profits come full circle to pay your employees well. We explore meeting your customers where they are and scaling without losing a winning culture. Tune into this episode for all that and more. And be sure to check out the rest of Foodable’s .io content on our On-Demand Page and on Foodable+.

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What Do We Call Whole Foods Now? Affordable?

Amazon.com Inc. slashed prices at Whole Foods Market stores on Monday, with some items seeing cuts up to 43 percent.

Items like organic Fuji apples and organic rotisserie chicken were accompanied by orange signs showing the old price, the new price, and text reading “More to come...”

In total, over 400 items have seen price cuts.

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According to "Bloomberg," prices on whole trade organic bananas fell 30 percent, responsibly farmed tilapia fell 33 percent, and organic Fuji apples fell 43 percent. 

Since Amazon won the antitrust approval by the FTC last week, the e-commerce giant has made some big announcements about both of the the companies’ futures. 

Soon, Whole Foods’ healthy and high-quality private label products will be available through Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry, and Prime Now. Amazon lockers will be available in select Whole Foods Market stores where customers will be able to pick up products shipped from Amazon.com.

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In addition, Amazon Prime is becoming Whole Foods Market’s customer rewards program, meaning Prime members can expect special savings and other in-store benefits.

Stay tuned for more on this and other industry news from Foodable!
 

 
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Garden Bar Plans Expansion and Juice Line

Garden Bar Salad Co.  | Allison Jones

Garden Bar Salad Co. | Allison Jones

Setting out to offer alternative dining options to the traditional salad bar, Portland’s Garden Bar was the city’s first restaurant dedicated to serving made-to-order salads with a number of fresh and unique ingredients.  The brainchild of culinary mastermind Christopher Handford alongside Ana Chaud, a local fitness instructor, Garden Bar has been open a little more than a year and has already made its mark on the Portland dining scene.     

Finding immediate success amongst diners, Garden Bar is now planning to expand, opening its second location later this month and planning a third sometime this year. In addition to the additional locations, Garden Bar is also set to introduce a fresh fruit and vegetable juice line later this year, offering diners the chance to “drink their salad.”

Learn more about Garden Bar’s quest to bring healthy dining options to Portland here