Nestlé Partners With Suppliers to Reduce Emissions

Nestlé and two of its suppliers, Cargill and ETG|Beyond Beans, have initiated a regenerative agriculture project that uses agroforestry to regenerate land around cocoa farms.

Two million shade trees will be distributed to 20,000 farmers, to be planted and cared for in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. It is estimated that 500,000 tons of carbon will be reduced and removed over a 20-year period.


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Macy’s Makes Difficult Location Planning Choices

As U.S. department store retailer Macy’s continues to struggle, its new strategy involves closing 150 of its 500 namesake stores by the end of 2026.

The closures include its flagship 400,000 square foot location in Union Square, San Francisco, that opened in 1929.

Difficult location planning choices are being made to try to forge a profitable future for the 165-year-old stalwart in the retail industry.


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Taco Bell’s Menu Expansion

Taco Bell plans to add over 25 items to its menu in 2024.

This is in contrast to the company’s more recent strategy of reducing the size of the menu to reduce complexity, and keep service times low.

Additions to the menu include the introduction of the Cantina Chicken menu in March 2024, which includes five items: Cantina Chicken Burrito, Cantina Chicken Taco, Cantina Chicken Quesadilla, and Cantina Chicken Bowl. The Cantina Chicken line requires five new ingredients, including […]

McDonald’s and Reusable Dine-In Packaging

McDonald’s has 21 reusable containers for dine-in customers in France, including red plastic containers for fries, clear plastic beverage glasses, and white plastic cups for chicken nuggets.

French law mandated these changes, which were implemented in 2023.

While McDonald’s has worked hard over the years to be more environmentally conscious with its packaging, it firmly believes that this new model “doesn’t work.”  Cost, convenience, sustainability, and operational issues related to this law are complex, and the overall impact remains to be seen.


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