McDonald's Corp. intends to implement a series of corporate layoffs within its U.S. operation as part of a reorganization plan to reduce administrative expenses by $500 million before the end of 2019. It will restructure regional offices and reduce the number of "layers" between field consultants and the CEO from eight to six, reported Fortune.
The Accurate Labels Act was introduced in the Senate. The bill is intended to amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to ensure clear, accurate and meaningful nutrition information and prevent the use of inaccurate labels that can mislead consumers.
Walmart sued its former chief tax officer for violating her employment agreement by defecting to Amazon. Walmart is seeking to stop Lisa Wadlin from taking a position with Amazon until May 2020 and bar her from handing over "sensitive business information obtained at Walmart," reported The Seattle Times.
Over 50% of retail bakeries saw a sales increase in 2018 from the previous year, compared to nearly 70% in 2017, according to Progressive Grocer's 2018 Retail Bakery Review. Cookies were noted as the top-selling bakery item and the most profitable, rising up from the third spot last year, while cakes came in second on the most profitable list, and fell in popularity to third best-selling in 2018 from the top of the list in 2017.
Chef and television host Anthony Bourdain died at the age of 61. Bourdain was known not only for his television shows, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and CNN's "Parts Unknown," but for his books which were credited with helping audiences think differently about food and travel. "Tony was an exceptional talent," said CNN President Jeff Zucker. "Tony will be greatly missed not only for his work but also for the passion with which he did it," reported CNN.
New Jersey romaine lettuce growers note prices are down from the year-ago period, with cartons of 24 heads selling between $10 and $12 at the Philadelphia wholesale market. Growers said media reports surrounding romaine lettuce sourced from Yuma, AZ, caused confusion among consumers and pushed down sales, reported The Packer
High vitamin D levels were linked to lower cholesterol in children, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. The researchers noted among the most important dietary sources of vitamin D are items such as dairy products and spreads, and fish, reported ScienceDaily.
IHOP will change its name to IHOb. The company has yet to release the details of the name, but speculation is that the "b" will stand for breakfast, replacing the current pancakes, reported Fortune.
Wendy's Co will source vine-ripened tomatoes exclusively from greenhouse and hydroponic farms for its North American restaurants by early 2019. The company will source the tomatoes from growers in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, and the move is intended to stabilize taste, quality and continuity of supply throughout the year, reported MarketWatch.
The EU will impose duties of 25% on many U.S. agricultural products, including peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice. The EU will finalize the listing in June, and the "rebalancing" tariffs are expected to affect $3.4 billion worth of U.S. goods, reported Time.
An invasive pest was identified in the farmlands in Florida. Three male Oriental fruit flies were found in traps in south Miami-Dade County since June 1, with USDA working with the state to eradicate the flies. An infestation could be particularly damaging for growers of mangoes, lychees and other tropical fruit crops, reported Tampa Bay Times.
McDonald's plans to deploy self-service kiosks and mobile order technology at 1,000 locations every quarter for the next eight to nine quarters, according to the company's CEO. Its U.S. stores are trailing locations in Canada, Australia and the UK that already have the technology, and France and Germany are almost done with the transfer process, reported CNBC.
Bottled water is the top selling beverage product in the U.S. for a second year in a row, according to the International Bottled Water Association and the Beverage Marketing Corp. Bottled water volume grew to 13.7 billion gallons in 2017, a 7% increase over the previous year, while sales now total $18.5 billion, an increase of 8.8%. Domestic nonsparkling water increased 5.5%, domestic sparkling jumped 27.5% and imported water rose 9.2%, reported NACS Daily.
A group of researchers plans to conduct a trial of salt intake over five years, according to a proposal in the journal Hypertension. The goal is to determine if very low sodium levels can actually make health worse, with the researchers citing studies finding higher death rates and rates of heart attacks and strokes in people following low-sodium diets, reported The New York Times on the Web.
Tyson Foods' innovation lab launched a brand of protein crisps that "upcycle" food waste. The crisps, which use trimmings from Tyson's chicken, spent grain from beer brewers and vegetable pulp from juice stores, are the first product to be marketed under the brand, called Yappah. It plans to create another product under the brand after gathering data from the crisps' test. The goal is to move Yappah out of the innovation lab and into a Tyson business unit as a full-fledged brand, reported Crain's Chicago Business.
Adoption of plant-based diets could cut food emissions between 61% to 73% in the U.S., according to a study published in Science. The study found the worldwide adoption of vegan eating would reduce global agricultural land by about 3.1 billion hectares, or nearly 75%. Compared to pea growers, low-impact beef farmers use 36 times more land and emit six times more emissions, reported Newsweek
Dairy companies are promoting A2 milk for consumers who avoid milk because of indigestion. A2 milk is produced by a subset of cows that produce milk lacking a protein associated with milk's dyspeptic tendencies and costs an extra dollar or more per half-gallon, reported The Modesto Bee.
Sensory-based food education increases children's willingness to choose vegetables, berries and fruit, according to a study from the University of Eastern Finland. The researchers found 3-5 year-old children involved in baking and cooking or growing their own vegetables had an increased willingness to choose vegetables, berries and fruit, especially among children whose mothers have a lower educational background, reported ScienceDaily.