28 Year Gallup Poll Data
Beer- 47% down to 39%
Wine- 27% up to 31%
Liquor- 21% up to 27%
All Other- 5% down to 3%
Will the world ever accept non-alcoholic wine? From: theconversation.com
Many people have responded to the uncertainty, boredom and anxiety of the pandemic by drinking more.
In a recent study of 11 major OECD countries, 36% of people said they increased their alcohol consumption during lockdown. Women, parents of young children and those on high incomes saw their alcohol consumption increase the most.
But there’s another possible solution: the promotion of wine with a low or even zero alcohol content. This approach is already seeing success with beer and other non-alcoholic beverages, including whisky and gin, particularly among millennials.
Although still marginal, no and low-alcohol (NoLo) beverages currently represent 3% of the global beverage alcohol market in ten headline economies, reaching a global sales values of $4,520 million in 2020.
Regulations also have an impact on legitimacy. The law in France, for example, states that wine is “a drink that results exclusively from the complete or partial alcoholic fermentation of fresh grapes (crushed or not) or from grape must”, with an alcohol content of more than 8.5%.
Remove the alcohol, and the product will no longer legally be considered wine.
A Californian firm that taught a computer ‘how to taste wine’ is being used by winemakers to detecting smoke taint in grapes affected by the Californian wildfires.
Tastry, which was set up by 29-year old entrepreneur Katerina Axelsson in 2016, uses chemistry and AI technology to decode the flavour of products as well as the palate matrix of consumers, which provide the tools to track and predict consumer preferences for products even before they hit the shelves.
The company is now working with wineries affected by California’s wildfires, to test for smoke-taint. The team have repurposed part of their laboratory to provide testing for smoke taint indicators in order to identify viable blending options that might mask unwanted smoky flavours.
“Until recently the wine industry has operated in a fog of intuition, with a lack of viable data to make critical business decisions,” the company said. “Manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers have had no objective way to measure and evaluate the taste, aroma, or texture of wine — or how it would be perceived by consumers.”
It added that AI could “dramatically improve a winemaker’s ability to make important, highly complex, high-volume decisions”. Reported by “The Drink Business” website.
Hungry sinkhole swallows Hardee’s drive-thru
The York County, Pennsylvania drive-thru is temporarily closed.
York County Hardee’s manager Tim James told a local ABC affiliate that the sinkhole had been around for some time. Up until last week, it’s been a perfectly manageable little dent in the road. Unfortunately, it got worse after the area experienced about four inches of rain. The rain sunk the sinkhole to a precarious depth. Once the sinkhole settled, local code officials decided the building was unstable and ordered it to close. Talk about a pit in your stomach! Reported by “The Take-Out”
The FAA has asked airport operators to help curb a sharp upswing in unruly passenger behavior by discouraging restaurants in boarding areas from selling alcohol to go. In a letter to airport administrators, the FAA noted that it has received reports that some airport concessionaires have offered alcohol ‘to go,’ which passengers believe they can carry on to flights, reported Restaurant Business.
Coast to coast, fans are savoring The Saweetie Meal and remixing the hip-hop artist's favorite menu items in creative ways. And fans can now also enjoy her go-to order in style with the new Saweetie x McDonald's merch collection. From trucker hats and Saweet Tea tees to colorful oversized sweatshirts and shorts, this iced-out streetwear collection features unisex items inspired by Saweetie's love of air brush. More than 10 vibrant and pastel-colored designs symbolize some of her favorite things – a volleyball for her love of sports, palm trees as a nod to her West Coast roots (shout out to Cali!), and of course her go-to McDonald's meal, including her signature Saweetie 'N Sour sauce.
Taco Bell has appointed recording artist Lil Nas X to ‘Chief Impact Officer’ a newly created honorary role that will allow him to collaborate on the brand experience.
Chick-fil-A locations in Alabama are having difficulty staffing their stores, with a Bessemer-based operation closing its dining room since it cannot properly staff it. A Calera-based store closed its dining room, turned off curbside delivery, and limited the number of catering orders it would accept to reduce stress on its team, reported CBS News
Prices for U.S. cash crops are on the rise as drought and blistering heat hit production regions. While the West Coast has received plenty of media attention regarding its water situation, extreme heat and drought is also baking North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, hurting corn, soybean, and wheat crops grown in that region, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Irrigation water for farmers in New Mexico along the Rio Grande will be cut off on Oct. 1, a month early, due to low availability. This is the second straight year farmers have faced an early cutoff, reported Bradenton Herald.
Flavonoid-rich foods, including berries, apples, pears and wine, appear to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels, an association that is partially explained by characteristics of the gut microbiome, according to new research published in Hypertension, reported MedicalXPress
Carl's Jr. will open more than 300 locations in the Russian Federation after entering a master franchise agreement with Nevada Russia Franchising Company LLC. The effort will expand upon its international growth plans and follows the opening of its 1,000th international store in Spain.
Sales of avocados in bags outpaced bulk avocado sales at a rate of three times between 2016 and 2019, according to the Hass Avocado Board. The Board noted that although bagged avocados are becoming more important for retail sales, 59% of households that purchase avocados exclusively choose the bulk option, reported The Packer.
Domino’s has quietly overtaken rival Pizza Hut in number of locations. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza chain now has 18,000 locations worldwide, following the opening of a store in La Junta, Colorado, reported Pizza Marketplace.
Higher walnut consumption – both in terms of the amount and frequency – may be associated with a lower risk of death and an increase in life expectancy among older adults in the U.S., according to a study by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Pop-up restaurants may remain after the pandemic subsides. The concepts, which range from one-night stops at established bars or restaurants to delivery-only platforms, are cheaper to operate and meet rising consumer demand as the Delta variant threatens economic recovery, reported CBS News.
McDonald’s says nearly all its paper packaging now comes from sustainable fiber. In its latest sustainability report, the chain said 99.6% of the paper bags, wrappers, napkins, cup carriers and other fiber-based materials it used to package meals came from recycled products, reported Reuters.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a water supply alert for the first time in seven years and began asking residents to voluntarily conserve supplies. Governor. Gavin Newsom said he may establish mandatory water restrictions in the coming months, reported CBS News.
McDonald's takes milkshakes off British menus due to supply chain issues
Duke's Mayo just released a beer meant to be paired with a BLT
Duke's Mayonnaise and Champion Brewing Company have partnered to produce the new lager, according to a press release. Named Family Recipe, the brew has 5.1 percent ABV and is made with Vienna malt, Magnum, and Saaz hops.
The name of the beer was inspired by Duke's mayo founder Eugenia Duke, who developed the recipe still used for every jar of the popular mayonnaise in 1917 in Greenville, S.C.
"The spirit of this collaboration truly encapsulates the Duke's brand – it's bold, southern, and a little saucy," said Duke's Brand Marketing Manager of Mayohem, Rebecca Lupesco, in a press release. "Champion has perfected the art of beer and food pairings with Family Recipe – sun-ripened, juicy tomatoes, crispy bacon, lots of Duke's mayo, and a refreshing sipping beer is basically what summertime is made for."
Family Recipe is now available at Champion's breweries, restaurants, and distributed via retailers across Virginia and North Carolina.
Wildfires Are Bad for Your Butter, Study Shows
Researchers found a significant decrease in milk production when dairy cows were exposed to smoke.
Last fall, when wildfires raged across parts of Oregon, more than two dozen dairy farms had to figure out how to milk and feed their cattle despite the dangerous conditions and poor air quality. One farmer in the Willamette Valley said that the heavy smoke meant that his cows had to be put in trailers, which both stressed them out and upended their daily routines. According to High Country News, the University of Idaho researchers also analyzed five years of data from two dairy farms in Idaho and Washington state, along with the weather patterns and air quality from that same time span. In addition to the blood samples, measurements, and metabolic data, they also took note of the Holsteins' milk production for a three-month period last year, including during a "major weeklong smoke event."
Their data seem to show a "significant" decrease in milk production; the cows studied produced three pounds of milk — around one-third of a gallon — less every day. (High Country News reports that the average dairy cow in the United States produces 65 pounds of milk per day.) In addition to giving less milk, the cattle studied were more prone to udder infections and showed signs of inflammation. "This raises more questions," Skibiel told the outlet. "The connection between inhaling wildfire smoke and irritated udders is intriguing. It's certainly worth following up on."
Nabisco workers on strike in 5 states over pensions, outsourcing
Nabisco workers in five states are on strike over what union leaders call unfair contract demands being sought by the maker of Oreos, Ritz Crackers, Chips Ahoy! and other popular snack foods.
Union leaders say Nabisco is seeking unnecessary contract concessions at a time when snack demand is high. They are also raising concerns over two recent factory closures in Georgia and New Jersey, which the union says is part of a broader campaign by Nabisco to move its low-wage factory jobs to Mexico.
Workers “are telling Nabisco to put an end to the outsourcing of jobs to Mexico and get off the ridiculous demand for contract concessions at a time when the company is making record profits,” BCTGM president Anthony Shelton said in a statement recently.
Nabisco’s parent company, Mondelez International, published a statement saying the company had negotiated in good faith but that its offers were turned down by the union. The company denies that any jobs went to Mexico as a result of its recent factory closures. The strikes come at a time when businesses across the country are experiencing a protracted labor shortage, strengthening the hand of employed workers. It also coincides with spiking commodity prices that have padded the coffers of snack-makers like Nabisco, which reported a 12 percent gain in revenue for the most recent quarter.
Black vultures are eating cows alive. Now some farmers can legally shoot the protected birds.
Black vultures survive, like most vultures, by eating carrion, or the remains of dead animals. That can serve as an integral part of the ecosystem: eating diseased remains that could carry sickness and spread to other animals. But unlike turkey vultures, black vultures also go for living animals: calves, piglets, lambs and other small livestock are their preferred targets. These birds, however, are protected under an international law that regulates the hunting of migratory birds. That fact has left livestock producers across the state with a limited set of tools for how to address these birds, and with varying levels of success. But the Indiana Farm Bureau is trying to give them another option. In early August, the general farming organization launched a new program in which livestock producers can apply for a permit to legally kill and remove a set number of the black vultures from their property.
This initiative is several years in the making, but the farm bureau hopes it will have a swift impact.
Man Eats Two Big Macs Every Day Since 1972, Devouring Over 32,300 Burgers
Donald Gorske is the Guinness World Record holder for the most Big Macs eaten in a lifetime, after chomping down on 32,340 sandwiches.
Gorske, from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, began his love affair with the fast-food chain in 1972, after getting his first car.
He headed straight to the golden arches where he bought three of McDonald's signature burgers. In the beginning he would eat up to nine sandwiches a day. Speaking to Guinness about that very first bite, he said: "I drove straight to McDonald's, got my first three Big Macs, then got in the car and ate them. In that moment I said 'I'm going to probably eat these for the rest of my life.' I threw the cartons in the back of my seat, and started counting them from day one."
Why Are Baby Carrots Always So Wet?
Contrary to their name, baby carrots aren't the juvenile version of Bugs Bunny's favorite vegetable. The product comes from fully-grown carrots that have been processed into cute, bite-sized shapes. But snackability isn't the only thing distinguishing the smaller model from the classic vegetable. As anyone who's reached into a slimy bag of baby carrots knows, downsized carrots come with some unintended consequences. According to Dollar Shave Club, baby carrots tend to be wetter than most veggies in the produce section. This is because they're prone to dehydration, so water is added to them during the processing and packaging stages. Producers give baby carrots their stubby shape by chopping up carrots that aren't attractive enough to sell whole and tossing them into a polishing drum. Water that's added to the drum gives them their smooth, shiny appearance.
This accounts for some of a baby carrot's moisture, but not all of it. The bags they come in contain supplemental water to keep the miniature veggies from drying out. Full-sized carrots and other vegetables rely on their natural skins to retain moisture. To make baby carrots, the outer layer has to be shaved away, so there's nothing keeping the water locked inside. A splash of water inside each bag gives the carrots the crisp, fresh taste people expect from their produce.
Baby carrots aren't immune to drying out—especially if they've been sitting in an open bag or on your kitchen counter for a while. The white film that forms on the product is called carrot blush, and it's a normal sign of dehydration. The rumor that the white stuff is really chlorine is false, though it is true that baby carrots are processed with a minimal (and safe) amount of the chemical.
Surprising Side Effects of Eating Cherries, Say Dietitians
These summer staples have a long list of benefits for your body and overall wellbeing.
Cherries may improve your immune health.
"Cherries are loaded with vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and potassium all of which have significant immune boosting effects," says Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD, a registered dietitian at Balance One Supplements.
Cherries may improve your heart health
"The potassium and polyphenol antioxidants can help to improve heart health as they are both cardioprotective,"
Cherries may improve your sleep.
"Melatonin is a chemical that is naturally produced in the brain, but is also found in certain foods such as cherries," says Florida-based dietitian nutritionist Kim Rose, RDN, CDCES, CNSC. "Melatonin helps the body to know when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up,"
Cherries may improve your workout recovery.
"Research has shown that the consumption of cherry juice immediately post-workout can significantly improve the rate of muscle strength and power recovery, while at the same time reducing muscle soreness," says Certified Sports Dietitian Beth McCall, MS, RD, CSSD, RYT
Cherries may reduce joint pain.
"Due to the high level of antioxidants in tart cherry juice, research has seen positive impacts on reduced joint pain and stiffness in individuals suffering from chronic arthritis,"
Cherries may cause digestive distress.
If you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to limit the number of cherries you consume.
"Cherries are a natural source of salicylates, which some people may be sensitive to. Eating a lot of cherries may lead to diarrhea, gas, or bloating for those who have a salicylate sensitivity," cautions Leah Johnston, RDN, LDN, a registered dietitian
Woman Pulls Gun on KFC Drive-Thru Staff After They Took Too Long With Order
A woman has been arrested after reportedly brandishing a gun at staff working at a KFC drive-thru in Memphis.
Deona Harris, 28, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault following the incident, which took place on Sunday evening at a branch of the fast food chain located in the 1600 block of Union Avenue.
Harris is alleged to have thrown a drink at a KFC employee before then pulling out a firearm and pointing it at several workers and bystanders at the drive thru.
According to Fox13, Harris also had a drink thrown on her in retaliation, just prior to her brandishing the gun.
Memphis Police were called and arrived on the scene just before 9pm. Harris was subsequently arrested after officers found a 9mm Ruger handgun in the Dodge Challenger she was driving.
According to the police, she was upset at how long they were taking over her order.
In another incident, which occurred back in October 2020, a man opened fire at a KFC drive thru in Tennessee after he was given the wrong order.
The man initially drove off after receiving his food only to later return and demand a refund after being given incorrect items.
A cashier handed over his money but as the man pulled away he began firing shots at the building.