Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Today's ride on the Capital Region Foodie-Go-Round



MOVING

Healthy Brands Collective is in the process of relocating its headquarters and manufacturing from Norwalk, CT, to Rensselaer County. The company, founded by Dan and Donna Ratner, introduced its first item in 2006, a "super food" drink called Cell-nique Super Green. They went on to acquire other brands of what are referred to as "healthy foods," including High Country Kombucha, which specializes in non-GMO kombucha, a fermented tea product; the organic baking line of European Gourmet Bakery; the allergen-free baking line of Cherrybrook Kitchen; frozen organic vegetables of Lisa’s Kitchen; freeze-dried fruit snacks of Funky Monkey, and a line of hemp food products from Tempt. The new manufacturing site will be in the former IBT Hamilton Printing property on Route 9J in Schodack, housed in a 100,000-square-foot building to be renovated and a 40,000 square-foot building to be constructed.

CATERING

• The Olive Garden chain announced Monday the start of large-order catering delivery at all of its restaurants. In the Capital Region, they are located on Wolf Road in Colonie, in the Clifton Country Center, and on Glen Street in Queensbury. Catering now is available for orders of $125 or more, with a 15% delivery fee for orders of up to $500, and a 5% delivery fee for every dollar thereafter. Olive Garden already offers catering-size takeout, but customers need to pick it up at the restaurant. Olive Garden already offers catering, but only for customers to pick up. As part of the new service, its delivery specialists will help with menu planning and will deliver food to the door. The catering menu has meal combinations that include bundles of items. Each delivery comes with grated cheese, serving and eating utensils, table covers, plates, and napkins. Chafing dishes, racks, and fuel are available for purchase.

IMPROVING

McDonald's Corporation, the fast-food icon that has been beset with slumping sales and assorted financial woes for the past few years, may be making a comeback. The global giant announced Monday that same-sale stores in the U.S. increased 5.7% in the fourth quarter ended December 31. Its late-year introduction of "breakfast all day" is credited with much of the improvement. Globally, same store sales were up 5%. Overall, net income increased 10% to $1.2 billion. Despite that improvement, earlier sales in 2015 were so bad that for the year McDonald's profits actually fell 5% percent, to $4.5 billion. McDonald's has dozens of locations in the Capital Region. Go here for specifics.

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