So Much For Scratch & Dent Produce Sales! GI
The woman who created a Thanksgiving staple enjoyed by millions — the green bean casserole — has died at age 92. Dorcas Reilly died on Oct. 15 of Alzheimer's disease, said Ken Tomlinson of the Hinski-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Haddonfield, New Jersey.Campbell Soup officials said the New Jersey resident was the driving force behind the popular dish, made with green beans and cream of mushroom soup and topped with crunchy fried onions. The company said it is the most popular recipe ever to come out of its corporate kitchen. The recipe's website got 2.7 million visits during last year's holidays, the company said.
I Think That Recipe Was The Only Reason We Ate Green Beans As A Kid! GI
66% of wine drinkers find wine descriptions unhelpful in choosing wine. Only 9% rely on critics. Nearly two thirds of respondents also said they never get the same smells from wine as those which are suggested from the wine label. Asked why the descriptions were not helpful, responses included finding them meaningless, bearing no relationship to a wine’s taste, pretentious and “a load of poppycock.” Six out of ten people said picking out a clear fruit taste in the wine was the best way to help understand a wine’s taste and also found it helpful when food pairings were suggested. Justin Howard-Sneyd, consultant for the firm and a master of wine, said: “Describing wine is not an exact science; wine and taste are very personal, very subjective things. A wine that I think tastes of cherry, could taste totally different to someone else, so it’s no wonder that there is such a vast variety of language when it comes to wine descriptions.“We have probably been guilty ourselves of using overblown language in the past but this is a wake-up call to the whole wine industry to make a change.”
So True... "Poppycock"! That Story Has A Nose Of Laughter Petals & A Hint Of Giggles! GI
Burger King plans to launch a new "Garden Grill" design with wooden tables and decor, plants and ordering kiosks. Burger King's U.S. same-store sales declined 0.7% in its third quarter.
BK Needs To Spend Their Money Making Better Food! GI
McDonald's expects to modernize more than 4,000 U.S. restaurants, making the total number of remodeled sites about half the company's 14,000 U.S. locations. The renovations include touch screen kiosks, modern decor, table service and delivery. The chain's CEO expects more new menu offerings, including a "classic meal deal." Same-store sales at U.S locations increased 2.4% in its third quarter, driven by the new self-order kiosks and delivery, reported The Chicago Tribune.
Whether You Like Them Or Not... McD's Is Consistent & Knows How To Make $! GI
Chick-fil-A is testing a mac and cheese side in four states. The side is made with macaroni noodles and a blend of cheeses including cheddar, parmesan and Romano, and is available in select cities in Texas, Maryland, Tennessee, and Georgia, reported Houston Chronicle.
They Need To Work On Those Greasy Waffle Fries! GI
Foster Farms is introducing a new line of refrigerated, grab-and-go chicken snacks. Bold Bites are fully cooked, ready-to-eat chicken breast pieces in five flavors: Cajun, Chile Verde, Korean BBQ, Caribbean Jerk and Parmesan Garlic. With 15 grams of protein per serving, the products may be consumed as a snack or added to salads, wraps, tacos or soup. "Bold Bites feature the same farm-fresh chicken Foster Farms is known for, with globally-inspired and crave-worthy seasonings conveniently packaged to meet the needs of today's mobile consumer," said Tiphanie Maronta, director of marketing for Foster Farms. "Busy parents, young professionals, fitness enthusiasts and even kids tired of the same old sandwich say that this product fits the bill; it's a portable, better-for-you protein option that actually tastes good."
Move Over Chicken McNuggets! GI
China-based Smithfield Foods is eligible for federal payments under USDA's $12 billion farm assistance program that was established to help U.S. farmers cope with increased tariffs. Smithfield Foods declined to say whether it has applied to participate in the purchase program, reported Omaha World-Herald.
Wow! If These Chinese Do Apply Wouldn't That Be A Weird Twist Of Fried Fate Noodles! GI
Catching Flounder in New Jersey with Bacon and a Bucktail. Seems as though Flounder have a food craving for bacon!
Guess What Bait We Are Going To Use On Our Next Fishing Trip!? GI
Walmart Inc. is evaluating whether to transform underused land at its stores into new offerings, such as restaurants, shops, food halls, and parks, according to the company's VP of U.S. realty operations. Walmart plans to break ground on a Town Center project in Loveland, CO, in spring 2019, adding restaurants such as Bartaco, Shake Shack and Chipotle, and has plans for similar projects in Springfield, MO, and Windsor Heights, IA, reported Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Welcome To The New Walmart Mall Of America! GI
Consumers will spend an average of $1,007 during the holiday season, up 4.1% from 2017, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $215 on non-gift holiday items, including food, and 44% of holiday shoppers will shop in grocery stores. An equal number, 55%, will shop online and in department stores while 51% will go to discount stores, reported Retail TouchPoints.
Sleigh Bells Ring & Cash Registers Too...Are You Listenin? GI
The major orange juice brands based in Florida downsized their standard containers to 52 oz. from 59 oz. without changing prices, according to the chief economist at the Florida Department of Citrus. The downsizing affected the economic analysis of last season as not-from-concentrate sales by unit declined last season 4% and gallon sales 8.7%, while the average price of not-from-concentrate orange juice rose 8% per oz., reported The Ledger.
Hocus Pocus... Where'd Your OJ Go? Is This Pulp Fiction? GI
Meat and dairy reportedly account for more than 75% of the greenhouse gas impact from EU diets, according to a study published in the journal Global Food Security.
Moooove Along... Cow Farts Are In The News Again! GI
Denmark plans to build a fence along its border with Germany to keep out wild boars and limit the spread of African swine fever. The Danish Parliament approved the fence, and work is expected to begin early in 2019. However, the European Food Safety Authority concluded "there is no evidence that large fences have been effective for the containment of wild suids," and experts note the Belgian outbreak of African swine fever was caused by people, not pigs, transporting the virus into the country, reported The New York Times.
Build A Wall! Hmmmm Are There Any Wild Boars In Mexico We Need To Keep Out? GI
The Environmental Working Group detected glyphosate residue in samples of oat-based cereals and other oat-based food. The tests detected glyphosate in 28 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats, including 10 samples of different types of General Mills' Cheerios and 18 samples of different Quaker brand products. General Mills and the Quaker Oats Co. noted the glyphosate levels found were within regulatory limits set by the EPA.
New Product Opportunity For Monsanto/Bayer? Round Up O's Cereal??? GI
Dunkin' is relaunching its espresso products. Revamped lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos are the biggest change to Dunkin's drinks menu since it started serving espresso 15 years ago from simpler machines. Dunkin' wants customers to see it as less expensive than Starbucks and just as good in product quality, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Oh Geez... The Drive Thru Window Traffic Is Already Bad Enough..Now We Have To Wait For The Dude Who Wants His Specialty Latte? GI
Washington state filed a lawsuit against Jersey Mike's, alleging the company failed to remove a "no-poach" clause from its contracts. The state's attorney general's office argued the company would not join other restaurant chains that would eliminate no-poach clauses nationally. Jersey Mike's notes the company stopped enforcement of the policy but will not remove the clause from existing contracts, reported Legal Newsline. "No-poach" rules bar workers at franchise-owned restaurants from being hired by a separate franchise within the same chain. ... McDonald's previously promised to quit enforcing no-poach provisions nationwide, but the new agreement makes that pledge legally binding.
Yes Folks... Believe It Or Not This Is A Problem In The Franchise World. No Yolk... It's Not About Eggs! GI
Target will offer free two-day shipping on hundreds of thousands of items for the holiday season. The retailer will offer the service from Nov. 1 to Dec. 22 with no order minimum or membership required, reported Reuters.
So What Say You About This, Amazon? GI
Alibaba is developing a service to help companies create new products as part of its "New Manufacturing" strategy. Alibaba's market research arm can analyze shoppers' data and show companies what consumers are seeking but can't find. Alibaba helped Mars Inc. develop a Spicy Snickers bar after discovering a crossover in the people who buy chocolate and spicy snacks. Mars was able to cut its development time in half and the product helped its China division meet its goal of having new products account for more than 10% of revenue, reported Fortune.
Alibaba- Abra-KaDabra Poooof! Spicy Snicker Bars! I Want One! GI
Quaker Oats will enter the non-dairy milk market with the launch of an oat-based beverage in January. Quaker Oat Beverage is part of PepsiCo's push to expand its portfolio of healthier drink options.
We Hope This Doesn't Involve Soggy Cereal And Milk! GI
Kellogg's Honey Smacks will return to shelves in November following a voluntary recall. The cereal will be available in limited quantities with a simpler, updated recipe after production was moved to a Kellogg-owned facility, reported The State.
That Salmonella Certainly "Smacked" Kellogg Pretty Hard! GI
Investors are boosting investments in food delivery companies. Mizuho Securities restaurant analysts believe takeout and delivery will represent 15% of restaurant sales a decade from now, up from 5% from today. In addition, several food delivery companies are now valued higher than conventional restaurant holding companies. Investors and food industry leaders expect delivery to boom as people gravitate toward more convenient ways to eat and delivery services convert more people who place orders over the phone to use mobile apps, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Amazing How Pizza Companies Have Been Doing Delivery For Years; And It's As If Other Restaurants Have Just Discovered The Holy Grail! GI
Meanwhile, Uber Eats will cover 70% of the U.S population by the end of 2018. It plans to deliver food to 243 of the country's metro areas, expanding into smaller cities, reported The Washington Times.
Our Guess...This Will Eventually Fizzle Due To Poor Quality Of Delivered Food. GI
Consumers will likely look for healthy food options during the holidays as they navigate a season filled with indulgent foods, according to Conagra's SVP of insights and analytics. He notes people try to remain with their lifestyle diets during the holiday season, and food brands can capitalize by offering products that align with those diets. Twenty-two percent of those who plan to attend holiday festivities this year will bring a vegan or vegetarian dish, according to CivicScience, reported MarketWatch.
Yeah Right! Pass Me The Potatoes, Gravy, & Pecan Pie! GI
Mari Signum Dragon Drying will build a plant that uses the hulls of peeled shrimp in Passcagoula, MS. The $2 million plant will dry and package the chitin for use in a variety of products, reported Idaho Statesman.
One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Shrimp Chips! GI
Monsanto will be required to pay $78 million to a groundskeeper who developed cancer from the company's Roundup weedkiller after a northern California judge cut the original settlement amount from $289 million. Specifically, the judge cut the punitive damage award to $39 million from $250 million, reported Yakima Herald-Republic.
Like We Said Last Week...This Still Ain't Over..."Round-Up" The Lawyers! GI
Prices for Michigan tart cherries declined by half in recent years due to imports from Turkey. Michigan farmers, which represents 75% of U.S. production, have delayed plans for expansions as imports of tariff-free, subsidized tart-cherry juice concentrate from Turkey are sinking prices, according to the Cherry Marketing Institute, reported The Detroit News.
Note To Self... Buy Some Cheap Cherry Pies! GI
Eating organic foods frequently may lower the overall risk of developing cancer, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Those who ate the most organic food were 25% less likely to develop cancer. Even participants who ate low-to-medium quality diets yet stuck with organic food experienced a reduced risk of cancer, reported CNN.
But The E-Coli May Kill Ya! GI