- While the restaurant industry opposes regulations mandating paid sick leave for workers (though management and owners have them), a 2007 law in San Francisco mandating paid leave has been deemed a success for workers and involving few issues for employers according to a study. The California legislature is considering a law that would extend coverage throughout the state.
- Family restaurant concept Fazoli’s joins a long line of operators who have tried to make outlets in Walmarts work. Subway and McDonald’s are notable predecessors who pulled out of the partnerships. Fazoli’s even cited the fact they were taking over from another operator as a reason the deal worked for them. The company plans expansion in “non-traditional” outlets such as stores, college campuses, airports, or c-stores and gas stations.
- Troubled retailer Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea (A&P) has already shuttered 25 stores in 2010, and is asking its bankruptcy court for permission to close another 32.
- Love your grocery store? Publix Super Markets was the top pick in the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index. But don’t be surprised: Publix has won every year since 1994, though its rating dropped 2 points to 84. Second place finisher Whole Foods Market improved 4% to a 79 rating.
- Break out the champagne: Sovena USA has been named “product of the year” by market researcher TNS for its Olivari Mediterranean Olive Oil’s innovative bottle cap. When opened, a Pop Up Pourer emerges that retracts when the cap is put back on.
- In further indication of how grocery stores are evolving at the expense of other food & beverage outlets, Ohioans can now get draft beer at their local grocer. Or at least at some of them like Whole Foods. Bring your own growlerand tank up! Party on, Garth!
 Source: the nonprofit Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, D.C.