The Chico Chamber of Commerce, UnitedHealthcare and other local businesses are teaming up with Catalyst for a month-long education campaign and food drive to highlight October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to support the nonprofit’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. L to R: Chico Mayor Scott Gruendl; Julie Christenson, UnitedHealthcare employee and domestic violence survivor; Pam Jamian, site director, UnitedHealthcare Chico Operations Center; Anastacia Snyder, executive director, Catalyst Domestic Violence Services; Heather Ugie, member services manager, Chico Chamber; and Katie Simmons, president & CEO, Chico Chamber (Photo: Brian Peterson). The Chico Chamber of Commerce hosted a Chamber Business Connections forum today with Chico-area business members to launch the education campaign, which includes public service announcements, resource information located on the Chico Chambers website at www.chicochamber.com , and a month-long food drive sponsored by UnitedHealthcare to benefit the Catalyst shelter pantry. This is the fourth year UnitedHealthcare employees in Chico have organized a food drive to support women and children served by Catalyst. Catalyst is grateful for the strong support from the Chico Chamber, UnitedHealthcare and other businesses in the community and truly humbled by their dedication to our mission and cause, said Anastacia Snyder, executive director, Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. Raising awareness and educating the public are so important to helping end the cycle of domestic violence. This month-long campaign is a new way in which we can extend our reach and impact. The Chamber Business Connections event was held at UnitedHealthcares Chico operations center with more than two-dozen area businesses participating. Community leaders, including Mayor Scott Gruendl, and domestic violence experts and survivors were among the speakers who discussed domestic violence issues, resources available in Butte County, and the important role of the business community in supporting domestic violence prevention programs. Todays event is an excellent example of the Chico business community coming together to help an important cause and organization that provides critical services for victims of domestic violence, said Mayor Gruendl. This month-long awareness campaign and food drive that the Chamber, UnitedHealthcare and other businesses are supporting will provide additional resources for Catalyst so it can help people most in need of assistance throughout the year. The Chico Chamber of Commerce is proud to highlight this month-long campaign for such an important cause, said Katie Simmons, president and CEO, the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Domestic violence is a serious issue, and the business community can play a critical role in providing information, resources and support to help end domestic violence. At the breakfast forum, UnitedHealthcare launched its fourth annual employee food drive in support of the Catalyst shelter pantry, inviting other area businesses to participate.
Educational Campaign and Food Drive in Chico to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence, Support Catalyst Domestic Violence Services
19 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Fast-food drive-thrus are getting slower Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY 6 a.m. EDT September 30, 2013 Fast-food seems to be slowing-down at the drive-thru as more complicated, new products clog up the food assembly line. Fast-food drive-thrus are getting slower and slower. (Photo: Photodisc/ Getty Images) Fast-food drive-thrus are getting slower and slower Too many complicated products are slowing things down Also, chains are trying to keep orders more accurate SHARE 548 CONNECT 158 TWEET 19 COMMENTEMAILMORE As if the fast-food industry doesn’t have enough headaches, now it’s got a new one: It’s getting too slow. Never mind that its first name is “fast.” The amount of time that consumers are spending waiting in lines at fast-food drive-thru windows is getting longer, not shorter, mostly due to the growing complexity of new products that the major fast-food chains are selling. This, according to 2013 Drive-Thru Performance Study conducted for QSR Magazine, a fast-food industry trade publication. The study, to be released today, also says that industry giant McDonald’s posted its slowest-ever drive-thru time in the 15-year history of the drive-thru study requiring an average 189.5 seconds for the typical drive-thru customer to go from order to pickup. That’s roughly nine seconds longer than the industry average, reports the study conducted this summer by Insula Research. The importance of the drive-thru business to the $299 billion fast-food industry cannot be overstated. Many major chains do 60% to 70% of their business at the drive-thru. That’s even nudged so-called fast-casual chains like Panera to move into the drive-thru arena and increase the number of drive-thrus it opens. The industry issue that’s slowing down service: menu bloat.
Consumers Buying More Specialty Food, Survey Says
Specialty food consumers tend to be young, affluent, and live in the West or Northeast. Men are almost as likely to make purchases as women, with 74 percent of men and 75 percent of women reporting buying specialty foods. For the second year, the top five categories consumers say they buy are chocolate, olive oil and other specialty oils, cheese, yogurt and kefir, and coffee. Salty snacks have jumped from ninth to sixth place among most purchased specialty foods. Here are more highlights from the report: Nearly three-quarters of U.S. consumers purchase specialty foods. Consumers age 18 24 are most likely to purchase, at 82 percent. Taste, quality, and impulse purchases are the top three reasons consumers opt for specialty food. Food discoveries during travel are prompting purchases more than before. Greek food is gaining as a popular ethnic cuisine. More than half of respondents talk about food on Pinterest, Facebook and/or Twitter. Some 40 percent of specialty food consumers buy food online; chocolate and coffee are the top purchases. Nearly two-thirds of specialty food consumers buy specialty foods for everyday meals at home.
Food Lion Offers Customers Free Holiday Dinner Coupon Through its “Shop, Collect and Earn” Promotion
If a customer does not have a MVP card, they can sign up for a free one at checkout. Purchases of alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery, and postage stamps do not count toward the $40 purchase requirement. Customers can view full details of the promotion online at www.FoodLion.com . About Food Lion Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group ( DEG ) and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets. The company employs approximately 57,000 associates delivering quality products, low prices and service to customers in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com . @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page .