Beyond Chicken Tenders are designed to look, cook and taste like traditional chicken tenders, Beyond Meat said, and the products scored equally in overall flavor to animal-based chicken tenders in a May 2021 taste test. Nearly 200 research, innovation and culinary team members spent almost a decade formulating the tenders. Beyond Meat made its first foray into plant-based chicken in 2012. Made with fava beans and peas, Beyond Chicken Tenders contain 40% less saturated fat than traditional foodservice chicken tenders, the company said. The plant-based alternative is cholesterol-free, non-GMO and provides 14 grams of protein per serving. Beyond Chicken Tenders are launching in nearly 400 restaurants nationwide, including Detroit Wing Company, Dog Haus, Jailbird, Sarpino’s Pizza and more.
The Pacific Northwest's cherry crop largely weathered the heatwave as farmers picked what they could before the extreme weather and turned to technology to save fruit still on the tree, according to Northwest Cherry Growers. Growers turned to over-orchard netting and under-canopy sprinklers to ensure the fruit could survive. Meanwhile, between 50% and 70% of cherries grown in Western Canada were damaged during the recent West Coast heatwave, according to the B.C. Fruit Growers Association. The group's president, Pinder Dhaliwal, noted apples, apricots, and other stone fruits were also damaged but to a lesser degree, reported Fresh Fruit Portal.
A new meta-analysis found that omega-3 fatty acids improved cardiovascular outcomes in 38 randomized controlled trials, reported MedicalXPress
Robot Food Delivery Delivering food is expensive, as well as a complex logistical operation. Apps usually earn money by charging restaurants a percentage of the order value and/or by leveling a service fee on consumers. To get around the costs, some companies are turning to technology like delivery robots, just as the pandemic supercharged the automation sector.
Frat party? Grubhub (GRUB), which recently merged with Just Eat Takeaway.com, plans to roll out suitcase-size rovers to 250 U.S. colleges this fall. The six-wheeled robots - built by Russian tech company Yandex (YNDX) - have the capacity to carry as much as 44 pounds, and have already been tested on the streets of Moscow and Ann Arbor, Mich. Once an order is placed, the rover picks up and delivers the food to the entered destination, where the customer unlocks its hatch through the Grubhub app.
"Robots don't need lunch breaks, there are no high turnover issues, they are easy to manage," said Artem Fokin, head of business development at the Yandex Self-Driving Group. "Customers are also excited to see them. They are a novelty."
Still hungry: The new partnership with Yandex is Grubhub's first foray into robotic food deliveries, but it has also focused on the college scene by acquiring a technology platform custom-designed for campus use. It's not the only one interested in automation. Earlier this year, DoorDash (DASH) scooped up robotics startup Chowbotics, whose signature robot called Sally can be used to craft meals ranging from poke bowls to salads.
California plans to provide free school meals for all students moving forward. In the state’s recently adopted budget, all public-school students will receive free breakfast and lunch. Advocates say making free food available to all children eliminates any stigma associated with handouts, reported NBC Los Angeles.
A 229% surge in China-U.S. shipping costs is driving inflation. The cost to ship a boxload of goods to the U.S. from China edged close to $10,000 as the world’s biggest economy keeps vacuuming up imports amid slower recoveries from the pandemic from Europe to Asia, reported Bloomberg.
U.S. beekeepers lost 45.5% of their managed honeybee colonies between April 2020 and April 2021, according to the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership. The loss was the second highest in the survey's 15-year history, and up 6.1 percentage points from the average of 39.4%, reported Fruit Growers News.
Inflation is forcing CFOs at major companies to rethink their plans for the second half of 2021. CFOs are exploring cost-saving measures, rising prices, increased forecasting, and more, reported The Wall Street Journal. PepsiCo (PEP) CFO Hugh Johnston told Yahoo Finance in an interview on Tuesday the company will be raising prices after Labor Day, even after a 5% increase during the most recent quarter in its North America business.
Lawsuits filed Monday in California seek potential class-action damages from Dow Chemical and its successor company over a widely used bug killer linked to brain damage in children. Chlorpyrifos is approved for use on more than 80 crops, including oranges, berries, grapes, soybeans, almonds and walnuts, though California banned sales of the pesticide last year and spraying of it this year. Some other states, including New York, have moved to ban it, reported The Associated Press.
Nestle is planning to enter the cultured-meat market in a move that could see the world’s largest food company help deliver the nascent technology faster to the mass market. The Swiss giant has been working on alternative meat products that would blend cultivated meat with plant-based ingredients, according to people familiar with the deliberations, reported Bloomberg.
Popeyes is stockpiling poultry as it prepares to launch a new nugget product at a time of industrywide chicken shortages. The business, owned by Restaurant Brands International, has been building its frozen-chicken inventory for more than six months, Popeyes Americas President Sami Siddiqui said in an interview. The company wants to be confident it has sufficient supplies when the nuggets roll out nationwide July 27, reported Bloomberg.
Restaurant workers are quitting like crazy Overall employment remains about 7 million jobs below February 2020 levels, but if you're in the food industry things have never been more competitive. The big takeaway from this industry-level data is that competition has basically never been stiffer for staffing up a restaurant. And the longer these pressures remain, the more likely any changes made to navigate this turbulent period are to stick around.
9 Employees at a Nebraska Burger King Announced Their Resignations By Writing on the Restaurant's Billboard, 'We All Quit. Sorry for the Inconvenience'
Due to an ever-changing staff of district managers, her particular branch had been overlooked, leading to working conditions that included 90-degree temperatures in the kitchen, resulting in severe dehydration, and 50- to 60-hour work weeks.
Former GM, Flores, said her boss called her a baby. After the sign went viral on social media, her boss then told her she was fired and asked her to hand in her keys. Flores believes other Burger King workers in the area were subjected to similar treatment.
Some 95% of respondents in a recent employee survey were “currently considering changing jobs,” and 92% said they would switch industries to get a new job. The poll, conducted by job site Monster, found burnout to be the top motivation for leaving, followed by a lack of opportunities for job growth, reported MarketWatch.
Tight labor supplies will increase the pace of automation in the food supply chain, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange. The report indicated that, while investment in automation and robotics was increasing prior to the pandemic, labor challenges over the past 18 months – and likely for the next 6 to 12 months – will only hasten the pace of automation.
A diet rich in fermented foods enhances the diversity of gut microbes and decreases molecular signs of inflammation, according to researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine, reported MedicalXPress. Eating foods such as yogurt, kefir, fermented cottage cheese, kimchi and other fermented vegetables, vegetable brine drinks, and kombucha tea led to an increase in overall microbial diversity, with stronger effects from larger servings. "This is a stunning finding," said Justin Sonnenburg, Ph.D., an associate professor of microbiology and immunology. "It provides one of the first examples of how a simple change in diet can reproducibly remodel the microbiota across a cohort of healthy adults."
The cannabis-based alcoholic beverages market is expected to grow by $430.6 million, progressing at a CAGR of 18.83% from 2021-2025, according to Technavio. The increasing social acceptance of cannabis is one of the major factors propelling the market growth. However, negative health effects will hamper the market growth.
Global avocado production could triple to 12 megatonnes by 2030. Avocado has the lowest production level among the major tropical fruits but has experienced the fastest growth in output in recent years and is expected to remain the fastest growing commodity of the major tropical fruits over the outlook period. Output in Mexico, the world’s largest producer and exporter, is expected to grow by 5.2% p.a. over the next ten years due to continued growth in demand in the United States of America, the key importer of avocados from Mexico. As such, and despite increasing competition from emerging exporters, Mexico is expected to further increase its share of global exports, to 63% in 2030. The United States and the European Union, where consumer interest in avocados is fuelled by the fruit’s assumed health benefits, are expected to remain the main importers.
Lake Mead NV Lake Mead, a lifeline for 25 million people and millions of acres of farmland in California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico, made history when it was engineered 85 years ago, capturing trillions of gallons of river water and ushering in the growth of the modern West. But after years of an unrelenting drought that has quickly accelerated amid record temperatures and lower snowpack melt, the lake is set to mark another, more dire turning point. Next month, the federal government expects to declare its first-ever shortage on the lake, triggering cuts to water delivered to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico on Jan. 1. If the lake, currently at 1,068 feet, drops 28 more feet by next year, the spigot of water to California will start to tighten in 2023. The crisis, said Eric Kuhn, former general manager of the Colorado River Conservation District, can no longer be ignored. “According to Merriam-Webster, a drought is a temporary condition,” he said. What is happening, he suggested, is something more permanent and troubling. “This is aridification.” Reported LA Times.
Americans spend $5 billion on bacon … annually
Research suggests there are cognitive benefits of eating bacon
Bacon is 86 percent cheaper than it was 100 years ago
Bacon first appeared in China thousands of years ago 1500 BC
Americans eat an average 18 lbs. of bacon … annually
Bacon is high in saturated fat and contains additives such as nitrates and nitrites that cause concern among scientists who fear it could be linked to gastric cancer However, overall bacon is a hearty and nutritious food packed with essential vitamins and nutrients. As Healthline points out bacon contains:
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12
- 37 grams of high-quality animal protein
- 89 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for selenium
- 53 percent of the RDA for phosphorus
- Plenty of minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium
There are fewer calories in three slices of bacon than a can of most soft drinks.
A serving of bacon is three average-sized slices. Each serving, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, contains 7.5 grams of protein; nine grams of fat (3.8 of which are saturated); 30 milligrams of cholesterol; 435 milligrams of sodium; and 120 calories. A 12-ounce can of Pepsi, meanwhile, has zero grams of protein and 150 calories.
A serving of bacon accounts for about one-fifth of the recommended daily fat
70 percent of bacon is consumed at breakfast
A majority want to make bacon America’s national food 65% in a poll conducted in 2014.
There’s a bacon academy in the U.S.
Ancient Romans and Chinese may have enjoyed bacon, but they probably didn’t have bacon academies. The United States does. CAMP BACON, held annually in Ann Arbor, Michigan, allows bacon enthusiasts to listen to speakers, take cooking classes, and learn about all things bacon.
Some Americans worship bacon
Few people likely know that there is officially a bacon religion. The United Church of Bacon has more than 25,000 members around the world. The church, whose official symbol is two slices of bacon worshiping the sun, has even performed hundreds of weddings. True, the faith was launched as a parody religion by skeptics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its tried and true believers don’t take its seventh commandment to praise bacon—seriously.
These Are the Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors in Each State
Sunday (Sundae) Is National Ice Cream Day(7/18/21)
Vanilla may be the most popular ice cream flavor in America, but those looking to branch out are filling their carts with rocky road, green tea, coffee, and birthday cake according to Instacart.
The sweet survey, which the food delivery company shared with Travel Leisure just in time for National Ice Cream Day on July 18, found those four flavors tied for the most popular — aside from plain Jane vanilla, which accounts for more than 26% of all ice cream sales in the United States.
In general, Americans tend to prefer chocolate ice cream — 24 states picked a flavor with chocolate as the base as their favorite. But not every state followed the trend: Buyers in Hawaii stuck with tropical flavors, picking mango ice cream above most else, while those in the Tristate area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut all chose pistachio.
To determine each state's favorite flavor, Instacart looked at ice cream sales and compared it to the national average.
These are the most popular flavors in each state, plus Washington D.C.
Alabama: Moose Tracks
Alaska: Green Tea
Arizona: Rocky Road
Arkansas: Rainbow Sherbet
California: Rocky Road
Colorado: Green Tea
Florida: Rum Raisin
Georgia: Rum Raisin
Idaho: Green Tea
Illinois: Moose Tracks
Indiana: Moose Tracks
Iowa: Moose Tracks
Kansas: Rainbow Sherbet
Kentucky: Chocolate Chip
Louisiana: Birthday Cake
Maryland: Cookie Dough
Michigan: Moose Tracks
Minnesota: Moose Tracks
Mississippi: Birthday Cake
Missouri: Cookie Dough
Montana: Rainbow Sherbet
Nebraska: Moose Tracks
Nevada: Rocky Road
New Hampshire: Coffee
New Jersey: Pistachio
New Mexico: Chocolate Chocolate Chip
New York: Pistachio
North Carolina: Birthday Cake
North Dakota: Moose Tracks
Ohio: Chocolate Chip
Oklahoma: Cookie Dough
Oregon: Green Tea
Pennsylvania: Mint Chip
Rhode Island: Coffee
South Carolina: Moose Tracks
South Dakota: Birthday Cake
Tennessee: Moose Tracks
Texas: Rainbow Sherbet
Utah: Rocky Road
Virginia: Birthday Cake
Washington: Green Tea
Washington, D.C.: Mango
West Virginia: Moose Tracks
Wisconsin: Moose Tracks
Wyoming: Rocky Road