HEY Old People..Arby's Doesn't Want To Feed Your Old Ass Anymore! GI
McDonald's is testing four international items at 50 Florida restaurants. The test includes the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain, BBQ McShaker fries from Malaysia, McSpicy Chicken from Hong Kong and Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands, reported Food & Wine.
OH YEAH! McDonald's Is Where We'd Go For International Cuisine. GI
McDonald's was ranked the top food and drink app in the UK and Germany, and is the second most popular app in France, according to data analytics company App Annie. France's most popular app is Too Good To Go, a Europe-wide program that helps restaurants and grocery stores curtail their food waste, reported Forbes.
Looks Like The Europeans Are Going To Be Getting Obese Too! GI
USDA will release a final guidance for labeling of table sugar, honey and maple syrup in early 2019 that does not involve the standard "added sugars" declaration on the Nutrition Facts label. It is not considering changes to the required percent daily value for these products.
Pass Me The Sugar! GI
CDC reported the cyclospora outbreak linked to Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays appears to be over. At final tally, the outbreak reached 250 cases across four states, resulting in eight hospitalizations.
Wash Your Veggies People! GI
CDC reported the salmonella outbreak linked to Hy-Vee spring pasta salad appears to be over. The outbreak reached 101 cases across 10 states, resulting in 25 hospitalizations.
Guess we need to start washing our pasta too! GI
CDC reported salmonella infections linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal in three additional states. As of Sept. 4, 130 cases were reported across 36 states. The agency reiterated its recommendation to avoid purchasing the product, and that FDA received reports that the cereal was still for sale in some stores
That Damn Honey Bear Needs To Start Washing His Hands! GI
FDA issued a warning to consumers to avoid liquid nitrogeninfused foods and drinks. Although it's non-toxic, FDA notes liquid nitrogen can cause severe damage to skin and internal organs if mishandled or accidentally ingested. Inhaling the vapor released by liquid nitrogen can cause breathing difficulty, especially for those who have asthma, reported Food & Wine.
When Did This Become A Thing? GI
St. Ann, MO, will take over tax incentives to keep the Save-A-Lot headquarters in the St. Louis area. The St. Ann Board of Alderman voted to provide a 50% abatement of Save-A-Lot's personal property taxes for 15 years and a one-time abatement of sales tax on new equipment, reported St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Best Deals On Meat Can Be Found At Save-A-Lot! GI
U.S. supermarkets can compete with discount retailers by innovating their private label strategies, according to industry analysts. A hard discounter usually sells about 90% private label goods, whereas a regular grocery store sells about 15% private label in the U.S., 51% in the UK and 34% in France. The key is to offer private label goods at the right quality and price, the analysts note, and supermarkets will likely need to change the way they display, promote and merchandise private-label goods to boost sales in the category, reported Harvard Business Review.
What We Want To Know... What The Hell Is A "Hard Discounter"? Sounds Sexual! GI
Oregon-based Green Zebra Grocery is on pace to build two dozen locations on the West Coast by 2023, according to the company's founder. The health-focused convenience store chain plans to expand into office buildings and will test an honor-system "micro-Zebra" outlet with shelved and refrigerated food at the WeWork Custom House in Portland, reported Los Angeles Times.
We Predict This "Honor-System" Wouldn't Work In New Jersey! GI
Walmart will purchase 30 more electric semis from Tesla for use in its Canadian operations. The retailer's order is in addition to 10 semis ordered from Tesla in November 2018. The first 20 semis will be used in Ontario, with the remaining 20 going to British Columbia, reported The State.
This Must Be A PR Move For Big W! It Makes No Other Business Sense! GI
Perdue is exploring non-meat options as it pursues a vision of becoming a premium protein company. Perdue is looking at startup ventures, pure vegan options and those that combine meat, plant-based proteins and vegetables. The company's chairman says protein does not refer strictly to meat and they are looking at implement an "all the above strategy," reported Bloomberg.
Frank Perdue Probably Wouldn't Go For This! Stick With Chickens! GI
U.S. population growth reached its lowest level since 1937 in 2016 and 2017, when it only grew 0.7%, according to Retail Intel. The firm's executive director notes it is becoming necessary for marketers to find the fastest-growing segments of the population to drive sales growth. Multigenerational households, dog owners and single populations are among the demographics marketers can target, reported Forbes.
Arby's Needs To Read This Study Before Dumping The Old Folks! GI
U.S. walnut, mandarin, grape, cherry and peach exports to China are expected to be hit hardest by new tariffs, according to Rabobank.
It's OK...Trump Has The Chinese On The Run! Give It Time! GI
Foods high in unsaturated fats may protect against cardiovascular disease, according to research published in Nature Communications. The study found levels of the plasma protein ApoA-IV increase after the digestion of foods high in unsaturated fats such as olive oil, and higher levels of ApoA-IV in the blood have been reported to be associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease, reported ScienceDaily.
The Key Word Again... "MAY" GI
Delivery is one of Wendy's biggest sales drivers, according to the company's CEO. He notes the chain's average delivery check is one and a half to two times more than the average check in-restaurant. As about 40% of the chain's customers are in the $45,000 and under income bracket, he adds speed, convenience and affordability are the most important drivers of purchases, with mobile ordering, in-store kiosks, and delivery taking on more importance, reported CNBC.
Nothing Like Cold Burgers and Fries Delivered To Your Door! GI
Einstein Bros. Bagels partnered with Caribou Coffee to open mini coffee shops inside the bagel chain's Houston stores. Caribou plans to expand its presence across all Einstein Bros. Bagels stores nationally through the year, reported Houston Chronicle.
Good For Them! The Bagels Are Still Tough To Eat... Add More Poly-Grip! GI
A group of Whole Foods Market employees plans to unionize to address what they say are changes to corporate culture and diminished compensation under the ownership of Amazon. An email sent to workers at most of the 490 Whole Foods stores urged them to back the unionization drive to push the company for better compensation, benefits and profit-sharing, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Uh Oh..This Can't Be Good To The Bottom Line Mr. Bezos! GI
Baltimore will join Denver as one of two pilot cities in a program aimed at long-term reduction in food waste. The initiative is supported by funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and aims to reduce food waste through community education, increasing food recovery and recycling food scraps, reported Baltimore Business Journal.
Is This Really One Of The Biggest Issues In Baltimore? GI
Amazon will buy 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans to support its "Delivery Service Partner" program. The vans will deliver everything the retailer offers, including groceries from Whole Foods Market, and meals from local restaurants, reported The Post and Courier.
Buy American Cars! God Forbid Whole Foods Would Show Up In A Chevy! GI
Instagram is reportedly developing a standalone app dedicated to shopping, according to sources. The app, which is expected to be called IG Shopping, will let users browse goods from merchants and purchase them directly through the app, reported The Verge.
For Once We See An Actual Benefit To Instagram! GI
A whole grain-rich diet is important in preventing type 2 diabetes, according to a study from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the Danish Cancer Society Research Center. While the research shows different types of whole grain foods, such as rye bread, oatmeal and muesli, seem to be equally effective, the amount is key, as eating at least 50 grams of whole grain each day reduced diabetes risk by 34% in men and 22% in women, reported ScienceDaily.
That's A Lot Of Fiber! Buy More Toilet Tissue At The Store With Your Muesli! GI
Footprint is opening a 130,000-sq. ft. paper straw plant in Gilbert, AZ. The facility is capable of producing 27 million paper straws per day, reported Phoenix Business Journal.
Well Thank God For The Straw Movement! We Can Sleep Better At Night Now! GI
More than a fifth of meat samples in the UK contained DNA from animals not on the label, according to tests by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2017. Out of 665 results from England, Wales and northern Ireland, 145 were partly or wholly made up of unspecified meat. FSA notes the levels were consistent with "deliberate inclusion," but added testing targeted 487 businesses, including restaurants, supermarkets, and manufacturers, that were suspected of "compliance issues," reported BBC.
This Is Just Funny! WTF Is In That Burger? GI
The affordability and availability of fruits and vegetables are critical to changing college students' eating habits, according to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. A benefits-oriented approach to nutrition increases students' willingness to consume fruits and vegetables, as well as adding vending machines that sell produce, increasing the variety of fruits offered and improving the taste and variety of cafeteria meal choices.
Grab 12 Packs For The Dorm & Stop By The Vending Machine & Get Apples! GI
Autonomous driving technology could replace 294,000 long-distance truck drivers over the next 25 years, according to an analyst from the University of Pennsylvania. The jobs facing the greatest risk are those where drivers move cargo over hundreds of miles but perform few specialized non-driving tasks, such as unloading freight, coupling trailers or inspection and maintenance, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Are We The Only Ones Who Are Nervous About Borgs Driving 18 Wheelers? GI
A proposed class action lawsuit against Frontier Natural Products Cooperative contends the company cannot use "organic" on its salt product's label, as salt is not an agricultural product and thereby cannot be identified as organic under federal law. The suit alleges the plaintiff and class members paid more for the product due to its organic labeling, reported Legal Newsline.
Hahaha You Have To Give Them Marketing Kudos For Trying! GI
Washington state issued $42,000 in fines to a Lakewood-based Little Caesars Pizza franchisee after finding violations of youth labor laws. Two of the franchisee's restaurants allegedly allowed minors to work during school hours, work past 10 pm on school nights, and to work too many hours without a rest period on more than 100 separate occasions, reported The Modesto Bee.
Hell We Did This In The 80's Working These Hours In High-School! Builds Character! GI
Cranberry farmers asked the federal government for permission to destroy a quarter of their crop in response to a glut that has kept prices low. Farmers would hold back roughly 100 million-lbs. of cranberries if the plan is approved, as USDA estimates the cost to produce a barrel of cranberries is $35, but the average price last year was $31.50, reported U.S. News & World Reports.
Sounds Like Cranberry Sauce Is Going To Be Cheap This Thanksgiving! GI
Maine wild blueberry growers harvested 5,000 fewer acres in the U.S. in 2017 due in part to weakness in the Canadian dollar and poor pollination, according to a horticulture professor at the University of Maine. He expects a similar drop this year and notes some smaller growers are in crisis mode, reported The Washington Times.
Sounds Like Blueberry Pies Are Going To Be Expensive This Thanksgiving! GI
The Hass Avocado Board is funding research into whether avocados can help reduce fat in the abdomen. The study will include 1,000 participants divided into a group that eats the fruit every day for six months and another group that eats a maximum of two avocados per month over that period. The research is a collaboration between Loma Linda University, Penn State, Tufts, and University of California, Los Angeles, and the data will be analyzed at Wake Forest University, reported PIX 11
Hope It's True! Pass The Guacamole! GI