Archive for July, 2008

Review: Social Suppers

 

Recently, I had the opportunity to do a complimentary session at Social Suppers, a company with locations in Missouri and Kansas that offers meal assembly options for the busy family. I’ve always wanted to try out one of these stores and so I jumped on the opportunity to do a review in exchange for two weeks’ worth of meals in my freezer.

Review: Social Suppers

MyMenu offers fresh take on frozen meals

A new arrival in the Dane County food market has another answer to that perennial question: What ‘s for dinner?

Opening five stores in the last two months, MyMenu offers frozen meals, from family-size to single servings, as well as appetizers, desserts, soups and pizza.

Advertising “hundreds of meal ideas ” in one aisle, the stores offer, for example, hand-trimmed steaks ready for the grill in 20 minutes, and one-person meals of lasagna or beef shepherd ‘s pie for the microwave.

The stores are selling convenience plus a focus on quality in their
effort to secure a niche in the fast-changing and competitive business
category called home meal replacement, an industry analyst said.

MyMenu offers fresh take on frozen meals

Oil Profits Shatter Records

It’s nice to know that while you and I suffer with this economic change of events that the oil companies are raking in $12 billion a quarter.

HOUSTON — Exxon Mobil reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, the biggest quarterly profit ever by any U.S. corporation, but the results fell well short of Wall Street expectations and shares fell in premarket trading.

The world’s largest publicly traded oil company said net income for the April-June period came to $2.22 a share, up from $10.26 billion, or $1.83 a share, a year ago.

Oil Profits Shatter Records

Bennigan’s Bankruptcy Indicative of Larger Casual Dining Woes, Says Technomic

 

‘These restaurants share many subtle and complex challenges that extend beyond this difficult economic climate,’ says Ron Paul, president of Technomic. ‘To some extent, they’ve become victims of their own success-a mature category with too many units and not enough differentiation, at least in the eyes of consumers.’

According to Technomic, the top 20 casual dining chains in the category in which Bennigan’s operated had unit growth of 45 percent during the most recent five-year period, well beyond the growth in demand.

Bennigan’s Bankruptcy Indicative of Larger Casual Dining Woes, Says Technomic

My Other Kitchen gets another owner

 

BALLSTON SPA – The business that began in a church kitchen and developed into a service rivaling major franchises changed hands on Tuesday.

Tracy Boutelle, who opened My Other Kitchen in 2005 at the Christ Episcopal Church on High Street in Ballston Spa, sold the meal assembly service to Shannon Fagle-Fedele, a teacher in the South Glens Falls district.

Boutelle pioneered the concept of a meal assembly service in New York, being literally the first, to her knowledge, to open in the state.

My Other Kitchen gets another owner

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