Visitors to urban convenience stores might briefly think they have happened upon an impromptu, and very loud, philharmonic concert. That’s because in cities across California, c-stores are increasingly blasting classical, opera, and country music outside and around their locations.
When on the lookout for an apocalypse (be it biblical, zombie, or sports-related), sometimes it’s hard to discern the signal from the noise. But, in the case of fast food, when two of the nation’s biggest business news organizations—Bloomberg and Business Insider—both hit the panic button, it’s time to take notice.
Gosh, Papa John Schnatter didn’t just step in it this summer, he tracked it into the house and got it all over the carpet. You probably know what we are talking about so, at this point, we don’t need to rehash the messy particulars, but head here for the initial story and here for a postmortem if you require either. Yikes.
When meal kits became a thing around 2012, their approach seemed as fresh and timely as the food they provided. With 80% of meals (and half of restaurant orders) consumed at home, meal kits were potentially a perfectly timed hybrid. Appealing to foodies’ adventurous desire to take a guided exploration of unfamiliar cuisine while streamlining the multiple steps required to prepare a home-cooked meal, Blue Apron and the like utilized the subscription model that has served so many industries well (except for you, MoviePass).
Oprah Winfrey (mogul, television personality, and noted American treasure) is buying in to an already hot commodity. The monoymous Emmy and Peabody winner recently invested an undisclosed sum in True Food Kitchen, a Phoenix-based health food restaurant chain that launched in 2008 and currently boasts 23 locations in trendy urban neighborhoods across the country.