Food & Hospitality

May 12, 2021

B&G Foods selects Keller as next president and CEO

The previous head of $7 billion global coffee and tea company JDE Peet’s NV, Kenneth “Casey” Keller will succeed interim leader David Wenner at the Parsippany-based company.

May 11, 2021

Hoots Wings plans East Coast expansion with 4 NJ units

The casual foodservice concept from the same parent company as Hooters plans to bring 50 locations to key markets across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, with four spots in the Garden State by 2023.

AeroFarms vertical farming facility in Newark.
May 11, 2021

AeroFarms files with SEC to combine business with Spring Valley Acquisition

A definitive merger agreement between the companies was announced in March for approximately $357 million, including $125 million of proceeds from the PIPE Financing. The proceeds will be used to accelerate the Newark-based organization's growth strategy, including expanding retail distribution and market penetration and constructing additional farms.

May 10, 2021

Will we see full football stadiums this fall? It’s possible, Murphy says

MetLife Stadium may be able to seat a full house after the season starts on Sept. 9 if the federal Centers for Disease Control shrinks its social distancing recommendations and New Jersey follows suit, as the governor has said it would.

Rendering for Harborside in Jersey City.
May 10, 2021

Popular weekly food festival Smorgasburg coming to Jersey City

The open-air food market -- billed as the biggest in America -- will plant its roots at the city's newly transformed Harborside campus.

COVID-safe plexiglass seating is available indoors. Restrictions may be lifted, but the protocols will remain in place. - LT BAR & GRILL
May 10, 2021

Business barriers

With capacity limits being lifted May 19 and patrons allowed to sit on barstools again May 7, restaurants will have the opportunity to bring in more business in a less rulebound way, reminiscent of pre-pandemic business.

Gillian's Wonderland Pier.
May 6, 2021

NJ saw 29M fewer tourists last year, $17B less in spending thanks to COVID

Amid COVID-19, visitation to the Garden State plunged 27% from 2019 to 2020, while dollars spent in the local economy dropped 37%, according to a report released by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

Bolero Snort beers
May 5, 2021

34 NJ breweries now offering free beer for COVID vaccines

After an initial 13 participants were announced Monday in what became a national headline, "get a vaccine and win a free beer," another 21 have signed on, and we've got the complete list.

A rendering of the plaza planned for the front of Newark Symphony Hall on Broad St., released on May 5, 2021.
May 5, 2021

Newark Symphony Hall unveils exterior renovation designs

The plans, produced by Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz, include a new marquee and other upgrades intended to improve the institution's Broad Street location.

Candy at Mars Wrigley
May 4, 2021

Mars Wrigley files lawsuits over THC-infused Starburst, Skittles; Zkittlez cannabis strain

The Hackettstown candy giant is looking to stop cannabis companies from using its brand names and marketing in infused edibles.

Baseball stadium with seating and a baseball diamond with green grass
May 3, 2021

Stryker, Minor League Baseball strike partnership

The Mahwah-based medical technology company is aiming to encourage fans to stay active with its first-of-its-kind collaboration.

Bolero Snort beers
May 3, 2021

Get a vaccine, win a free beer

Under a program done in coordination with the Brewers Guild of New Jersey, adults over 21 years of age can take their COVID-19 vaccination proof to any of the state's participating breweries for a free pint.