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Kellogg Co opens NY cereal cafe

kelloggsKellogg Co is offering a new spot for cereal-lovers, with the opening of its first permanent cereal cafe in New York City’s Times Square, the company says.

The maker of Frosted Flakes and Rice Krispies said a bowl of cereal at the cafe, which opens July 4, will cost anywhere between $US6.50 ($A8.70) and $US7.50 ($A10.00) and can be eaten in or taken away.

There are plans to launch a delivery service later in the year, the Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said in a statement.

The cafe is part of a push by Kellogg to reinvigorate US cereal sales that have declined as consumers choose healthier foods over sugary and processed products.

The cereal cafe concept already exists in London where the Cereal Killer Cafe has two branches. Earlier this year, Kellogg’s Australia also opened it’s first pop-up cereal cafe in Sydney’s Surry Hills as part of it’s Open for Breakfast campaign.

Celebrity chefs Christina Tosi, owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, and Anthony Rudolf of Journee, will provide the Kellogg’s cafe with new gourmet recipes in an effort to revive cereal’s somewhat soggy status.

“Kellogg’s NYC will remind families how fun and delicious cereal is, especially when elevated with creative ingredients,” Rudolf said in the statement.

The cafe marries a fast-casual dining experience with the cereal brand. Staff members dressed in T-shirts with Kellogg’s catch phrases greet customers, behind a colourful counter laden with myriad toppings like lime zest, thyme and malted milk powder.

Customers receive a buzzer that notifies them when their order is complete.

Once the buzzer goes off, they pick up their order, packaged in a brown paper bag showered with Kellogg’s logo, from a red locker.

Each bowl comes with a 350ml container of milk – on the side.

The company hopes  Kellogg’s NYC will be a destination that reminds guests of home and drives new curiosity around the cereal bowl.


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