- The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that “a growing number of casual-dining chains, such as Ruby Tuesday, Applebee's, Chili's Grill & Bar and Outback Steakhouse, have responded to the demands of time-starved consumers who want to take home restaurant-quality meals” by providing carryout services to consumers.
- General Mills announced that it is reformulating some of its products to appeal to people who are pursuing a low-carb lifestyle, and also will add a few new low-carb offerings to its product portfolio.
The company said that it will launch Betty Crocker Carb Monitor Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Betty Crocker Carb Monitor baking mixes, Hamburger Helper Carb Monitor Cheeseburger Macaroni, Pillsbury Carb Monitor Frozen Dinner Rolls, Progresso Carb Monitor Soups, Total Protein cereal, Yoplait Ultra reduced-carb yoghurt, and Momentum low-carb snack bars.
- Ahold is ending its c-store test between its Albert Heijn chain and ExxonMobil, which for the past year has placed AH To Go stores at gas stations run by the petroleum company. The problem, according to Ahold, was that the units never met expectations.
- The UK’s Big Food Group is considering launching a rival bid for c-store group Londis, despite the fact that Ireland’s Musgrave Co. has had its bid for the company accepted.