Meanwhile, Denny’s signed Name, Image, and Likeness deals with four college football offensive linemen.
Eating a half cup of walnuts every day for two years modestly lowered levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, known as "bad cholesterol," and reduced the number of total LDL particles and small LDL particles in healthy, older adults, according to new research published in Circulation, reported MedicalXPress.
U.S. farmers’ net income is projected to jump 19.5% this year to an eight-year high of $113 billion, according to the USDA. The announcement is a sharp reversal from a February projection of declining profits and is largely due to a surge in corn and soybean prices this spring, reported Reuters.
Walmart opened its first Ghost Kitchen Brands “virtual food court” at its Rochester, New York, store. The companies plan to expand the program to dozens of Walmart stores in Canada and the U.S., with sites planned in Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia over the coming months, reported Nation’s Restaurant News.
Over the last 18 months, QR code downloads have increased 750%, signaling they’re likely to replace paper restaurant menus for good, reported CNBC.
An Oregon-based McDonald's location is looking to a younger labor pool to offset worker shortages during the pandemic, while an Ohio-based Burger King did the same earlier this year. While the fast food industry has typically relied on teen workers over the age of 16, some franchisees are looking to 14- and 15-year-old workers to help bolster their employees rolls, reported USA Today.
A study led by a researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that food insecurity among college students is associated with lower college graduation rates and lower chances of obtaining a bachelor's or advanced degree, reported MedicalXPress.
Food insecurity is a household's lack of consistent access to adequate food resources. The researchers found that students in the food-insecure group were more than 40 percent less likely to graduate from college and more than 60 percent less likely to achieve a graduate or professional degree.
Whole Foods owner Amazon said Wednesday that it will bring its cashierless technology to two of the grocery stores next year, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves; items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store.
New consumer research shows that consumers are sticking to some familiar habits while exploring others when shopping for groceries. According to a survey conducted by digital payment software and solutions provider ACI Worldwide and PYMNTS.com, an overwhelming majority of consumers – 94% – say they shop at physical stores at least some of the time and 34% report buying at least some of their groceries online.
Food technology company Chinova Bioworks has launched a major research initiative that could help eliminate animal products from the beer-making industry. Chinova recently teamed up with New Brunswick post-secondary institution Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) to develop a rapid fining agent for breweries using Chinova’s proprietary white button mushroom fiber, called “Chiber.”
The four main ingredients used to make beer are water, a grain like barley or wheat, yeast, and hops (a flower that provides beer’s distinctive taste). However, some breweries add animal-derived ingredients throughout the production and filtering process to make beer appear clearer and brighter, such as pepsin (pigs’ stomach enzymes), carmine (derived from crushed cochineal insects), and isinglass (obtained from fish bladders). Certain types of beer also include honey or cream for flavor, such as honey beers, meads, and milk stouts. Chinova’s technology would provide brewers with a vegan alternative to animal-based fining agents such as isinglass and synthetic polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) that has long been used in the beverage industry. VegNews
What are farmers doing besides feeding the rest of us? A NASA satellite found some odd readings over the United States. Global warming proponents thought they were onto something. They were surprised to find that the image was a manifestation of the force of farming in the United States.The satellite image shows the photosynthesis of America's 100 million acre Corn crop. Further research found the US corn crop, at it's peak, produces 40% more oxygen than the Amazon rain forest. Thank you farmers.
Fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Chick-fil-A might be planning to speed up orders with some newly introduced tech, but it would come at a personal cost. ZDNet reports that a technology company called AdvanTech has created the Fly-Thru Drive-Thru, a "simple new solution" that is "enhancing the drive-thru without adding operational complexity." ZDNet describes the Fly-Thru Drive-Thru by comparing it to a toll booth, explaining that the AdvanTech-designed Zebra RFID technology can remember orders by recognizing customers as they approach their vehicles.
The tech does not scan your face but rather uses a system wherein "a customer's order is programmed into a branded decal that is placed on their windshield or dashboard." The company also claims that its tech does not store "sensitive customer information." The big issue for customers, it seems, is that if you frequent multiple fast-food restaurants, then you would have to have decals for each of those stores if you want the convenience of having your order remembered at each of those places. This could potentially cause your windshield to be a bit cluttered. It is also unclear if customers would be expected to pay for the decal or if it would be provided at a charge by the restaurant. From Pop Culture
A man urinated on the counter of a Dairy Queen restaurant in Canada after being asked to wear a mask, reports say
CTV News first reported the story. The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday night at a branch on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A video of the incident was posted to Facebook.
In the video, the man can be heard arguing with staff over the restaurant's mask policy. "You do not have a brain" the man, who has not yet been identified, shouted at workers behind the counter.
A worker asked him to follow the rules, telling him he couldn't be served unless he wore a mask.
A Missouri restaurant worker used the labor shortage to get a new job at Domino's, win a quick promotion, and buy a 2nd vehicle, a report says
The tight labor market in the US is helping some workers secure better-paying jobs and win quick promotions. Keith Lane appears to be among them.
Lane told the Missouri newspaper the Springfield News-Leader that he was laid off from his job at a McAlister's Deli at Springfield-Branson National Airport early in the coronavirus pandemic and was out of work for four months. He later returned to McAlister's, briefly, but then secured what he said was a better job at a Domino's location in Springfield.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, Domino's promoted Lane to assistant manager within six months. Lane said this helped him buy a second vehicle, using the cash he pulled in from working the extra hours that were on offer.
Lane and others have taken advantage of the tight labor market by switching out of lower-paying or less desirable jobs. Some are even rage-quitting in anticipation that plenty more job opportunities exist.
This Beloved Lunch Staple Is Disappearing From Grocery Store Shelves
SALES OF THIS FOOD HAVE GROWN BY DOUBLE DIGITS, LEADING TO A PERVASIVE SHORTAGE.
There is currently a shortage of Lunchables, the lunchtime variety snack pack popular with children and adults alike. From the brand's kid-friendly charcuterie board meal of turkey, cheese, and crackers to its make-your-own pizza pack, grocery stores have been wiped clean, shoppers on Reddit report. A spokesperson from Kraft Heinz, which owns Lunchables, told Best Life that there is record demand for the product right now. The spokesperson said the company has seen Lunchables' sales grow by double digits for the first time in five years.
"Compared to 2019, nearly two million more households bought Kraft Heinz brands in the second quarter of 2021," the spokesperson said. They added that the company is "thrilled to see incredible demand." To address this growth, the company is working to invest in its supply chains. Additionally, the spokesperson said Kraft Heinz has "teams working fast and furiously so our retailers and consumers can get more of the Kraft Heinz products they love, wherever they like to shop."
Lunchables are the latest shortage in a series of disappearing products. The WSJ reports that other kid favorites, including frozen waffles and Gatorade, are experiencing a shortage. Additionally, resin, aluminum, and other raw materials used for most packaging are running low. BestLife\
A growing number of cattle producers want to end one of the nation’s most iconic marketing campaigns. Ranchers argue that the mandatory “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner” fee of $1 per head of cattle sold isn’t specifically promoting American beef at a time when imports are flooding the market and plant-based alternative protein products are proliferating in grocery stores, reported Associated Press.
Some restaurants' plans to reopen indoor dining are slowing or halting altogether as the Delta variant continues to drive new infections. McDonald's Corp. and Chick-fil-A Inc. are among the restaurants slowing reopening efforts in dining rooms, while others are trying to capitalize on outdoor dining while they still can, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Aluminum, bleached flour, and sorbic acid are among the 120 ingredients that Burger King has blacklisted from its food menus nationwide. The purge is part of the chain’s new commitment to deliver on “the promise of real food,” reported MarketWatch.
Kids menus appear to be getting an upgrade at many restaurants. According to Technomic’s Ignite Menu data, kids’ menu staples like chicken nuggets and mac and cheese are less popular now compared to prior to the pandemic, while mentions of vegetables like broccolini have increased 28%, reported Restaurant Business.
Amazon plans to add 125,000 employees throughout its U.S. warehouse operations in advance of the holiday shopping period. Additionally, it plans to open 100 facilities across the nation in September and has upped its minimum wage in certain locations to as high as $22.50 per hour, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Cultured meat startup, Meatable, is partnering with Royal DSM to make cultured meat products more affordable and scalable. The companies will focus on reducing development costs for growth media, the liquid that contains the essential nutrients required to grow the cells from hair or tissue of livestock, reported Meat + Poultry.
A new study found that eating one avocado a day for 12 weeks led to women seeing reduced levels of visceral fat, the kind that encases internal organs and is linked to higher chances of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, according to research from the University of Illinois.
KFC pulled advertising for its chicken tenders due to supply shortages. KFC U.S. President Kevin Hochman noted the chain had enough supply to meet current demand, but aggressive advertising for the product would likely stretch supplies too thin, reported Fortune.
Pumpkin-spice drinks paid significant dividends for Starbucks when they returned to menus recently. The weekend after Starbucks brought back its pumpkin spice latte in late August, the chain’s visits spiked 20.8% and 19.3% on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, reported Placer.ai.
DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats are suing New York City over its law permanently capping the amount of commissions the apps can charge restaurants to use their services. The companies claim the limit on fees has cost them hundreds of millions of dollars combined through July and constitutes government overreach, reported MarketWatch.
McPlant Burger- The McPlant burger, developed with Beyond Meat, features a plant-based patty on a vegan sesame bun with vegan cheese, vegan sauce and other toppings. Both the patty and cheese are made with pea protein.
The McPlant will be cooked separately from other McDonald’s sandwiches with dedicated utensils. It will go on sale in 10 restaurants this month before being rolled out to 250 more later this fall. The McPlant will be sold in all McDonald's in the U.K. and Ireland in 2022.
A new report indicates health-focused restaurant chains are growing fast. Concepts selling smoothies, salads and nutritionally balanced bowls are enjoying swift growth, mainly because they can operate with limited square footage, their dishes are designed to be portable, and most have fairly limited labor needs, reported Restaurant Business.
High Meat Prices Are Helping Fuel Inflation, And A Few Big Companies Are Being Blamed Prices for beef, pork and chicken have surged during the pandemic, and the Biden administration believes it knows who's partly behind it: a handful of big meatpacking companies that control most of the country's supply.
Beef prices alone jumped 12.2% over the last year, according to new consumer inflation data on Tuesday, making it one of the costliest items in the surging bills that consumers face today at the grocery store.
"It's just outrageous. I can't even understand how people are supposed to be able to pay that kind of money for basic stuff like ground beef," says Adam Jones, who raises Angus cattle in northwest Kansas. "We're not talking about filet mignon. We're just talking about being able to make spaghetti or being able to make tacos."
The surge in meat prices is contributing to high inflation. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that consumer price index rose 5.3% in the 12 months ending in August. That's down slightly from June and July when inflation was running at 5.4% — but it's still near the highest level in nearly 13 years. Pork prices jumped 9.8% in the last year while chicken prices jumped 7.2%.
The White House is responding by shining a spotlight on "Big Meat," as part of a larger campaign against what the Biden administration calls "anti-competitive" behavior by big business — even as meatpackers insist they are not to blame.
More than 80% of the beef in the U.S. is slaughtered and processed by just four big companies, including Tyson Foods and JBS USA. A similar handful of companies also controls processing of more than half the chicken in the country and two-thirds of the pork.
The administration says industry giants like Tyson and Smithfield have such a stranglehold on processing operations that they can command higher prices at the supermarket, while also putting the squeeze on farmers, who in some cases can't even cover their costs.
The administration is setting aside $500 million to help bankroll new meat processors to compete with the big four.
But meatpackers reject the idea that industry consolidation is hurting ranchers or consumers.
"The present spread between live cattle and beef prices has everything to do with the law of supply and demand," says Shane Miller, group president for fresh meats at Tyson, the nation's largest beef and chicken processor.
Miller told a Senate committee this summer that the pandemic and other shocks have forced processors to slow down their slaughtering operations, so there are fewer cattle coming in and fewer steaks going out.
"This led to an oversupply of live cattle and an undersupply of beef, all while demand for beef products is at an all-time high," Miller said. "So it should not surprise any of us that as a result, the price for cattle fell while the price for beef rose."
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Taco Bell tests 30-day taco subscription to drive more frequent visits Customers with the Taco Lover's Pass can order one crunchy taco, soft taco, spicy potato soft taco or Doritos Locos taco per day for 30 days straight on the chain's app. The cost of the pass ranges from $5 to $10 a month, depending on the location. The Yum Brands chain is testing the program across 17 locations in Tucson, Arizona from Sept. 9 to Nov. 24. The pass could encourage more consumers to download and use Taco Bell's app as well. The chain launched a loyalty program through its app more than a year ago. Executives on Yum's latest earnings call said that Taco Bell loyalty members spend 35% more on their visits compared with their spending habits before joining the program.
A Dreaded Moment Has Seemingly Arrived For Fans Of Arby's Potato Cakes The death knell has finally sounded for Arby's beloved potato cakes and fans of the starchy comfort food are devastated. According to The Takeout, Arby's has confirmed it themselves — potato cakes are out and crinkle fries are permanently in. How the company could think that crinkle fries, a sometimes soggy and pale potato product, could in any way compete with the crispy on the outside, soft on the inside goodness of a potato cake is a mystery. We get that the chain must have its reasons, and it did warn us back in May, but the substitution of crinkle fries just makes the whole thing worse.
The 'Old Farmer's Almanac' Just Released the Forecast for Winter 2021-2022
They're calling it the "season of shivers."
Taco Bell Is Launching Its Sauce Packet Recycling Program Nationwide
The fast food chain is partnering with TerraCycle to reduce its carbon footprint.
Taco Bell wants to expand that love into helping the planet. According to the company, 8.2 billion single-use film packets are thrown away in the US each year. The fast food chain is partnering with TerraCycle, an international recycling company that specializes in collecting items that aren't recyclable and using them to make new items. This is an extension of an earlier program from April to make the sauce packets recyclable.
Customers will be able to turn their sauce packets into TerraCycle with four steps. First, sign up for a TerraCycle account online, then collect your sauce packets in a cardboard box or other recyclable container, and when the box is full, log into your TerraCycle and print a shipping label. You can take the labeled box to any UPS drop-off in your area. Voíla! You have just diverted waste.
Boston Beer once again lowers expectations for sales of hard seltzer
Boston Beer Co. has lowered its full-year sales expectations for its Truly hard seltzer brands for the second time in less than two months, saying demand for the canned drinks are well below what it predicted earlier in the year.