Loyalty360 Reads: September 8 | Pampered Chef

Pampered Chef's New TasteBuds Subscription Helps With Mealtime Inspiration
Pampered Chef has launched TasteBuds, a monthly seasoning kit subscription offering. Deliveries begin Oct. 1 in the U.S. and Canada and include:

  • Three pre-portioned packets of Pampered Chef’s non-GMO and gluten-free, seasonings and blends.

  • Three exclusive recipes highlighting the month’s theme and seasonings; recipes are customizable with suggested “change-ups” to fit different family dietary needs and palates, such as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

  • Subscriber-only access to the TasteBuds online portal, which features additional recipe support, timesaving tips, video content and more to build even more confidence in the kitchen.

TasteBuds is available in three subscription types: month-to-month ($24/Can$34); three-month, pre-paid quarterly ($20/Can$28.50 per month); and six-month, prepaid semi-annually ($18/Can$25.50 per month). Shipping is free.

“We know that consumers are spending more time in their kitchen and endlessly scrolling through recipes just to end up serving the same chicken dinner they make every day; we designed TasteBuds with that struggle in mind,” says Terry Haley, chief marketing officer for Pampered Chef.
AARP and Wish of a Lifetime Join Forces
AARP, the national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., is joining forces with the Colorado-based charity Wish of a Lifetime to help older adults fulfill their lifelong dreams.

Since its founding in 2008, Wish of a Lifetime has made over 2,000 wishes come true for older residents of all 50 states and D.C. It has now rebranded as "Wish of a Lifetime from AARP," a change that took effect in August 2020.

"By bringing Wish of a Lifetime into the AARP family, AARP believes that its important work can reach more people – both those who want to give help and wish applicants – and ultimately combat the negative effects of isolation, strengthen social ties and intergenerational connections and help wish recipients achieve a lifelong dream," says Scott Frisch, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Wish of a Lifetime from AARP continues to accept wish nominations online at www.wishofalifetime.org. During the coronavirus crisis, Wish of a lifetime has modified its wish-granting program to focus on virtual wishes and wishes that can happen safely within recipients' homes and communities.
Focus Brands Strengthens Organizational Leadership with Promotions, New Hires
Focus Brands, parent company of Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, Jamba, McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky's, announced several leadership promotions and hires as the company and its brands continue to invest in building best-in-class support functions and industry-leading brands.

Focus Brands has organized its brands into categories. In two newly created roles, Kristen Hartman has been promoted to President, Specialty Brands (Auntie Anne's, Carvel, Cinnabon, and Jamba), and Erik Hess has been promoted to President, Restaurant Brands (McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky's).

"As we continue to move our company and brands into the future, we must invest in key talent necessary to propel our brands forward and enhance services provided to our guests and franchisees," says Jim Holthouser, CEO, Focus Brands. "I'm thrilled we have such highly regarded tenured industry executives within our four walls and that we continue to attract exceptional leaders to grow our teams."
Potbelly Appoints Adam Noyes as Chief Operations Officer
Potbelly appointed Adam Noyes as the company’s chief operations officer, a new position that will assume the responsibilities of the company’s prior chief restaurant operations officer position.

The company says Noyes will focus on staffing and training to deliver overall customer experiences. He will concentrate on traffic-driven top-line growth, improved speed and throughput in shop and through digital channels, growing shop margins, and ensuring franchise operations integration.

“Adam is a seasoned restaurant operations leader who possesses the combination of unique skills and experience that are a perfect fit for Potbelly at this stage of our turnaround, as well as our next stage of growth,” says Bob Wright, president and chief executive officer of Potbelly.
Southeastern Grocers Donates 1.12 Million Meals to Continue the Fight Against Hunger
Southeastern Grocers, parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, says they will donate 1,125,000 meals to Feeding America in support of Hunger Action Month and the organization’s efforts to end hunger.

The grocer will partner with Feeding America to take a stand against hunger and raise awareness with a $100,000 donation as well as 150,000 pounds of food to local communities through mobile food pantry events.

“We are dedicated to eliminating hunger in our local communities,” says Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “As a grocer, it is our responsibility to nourish our communities and be a support system for our neighbors in need.”

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