Interesting study... yet will we will still drink to that! GI
Dunkin' Donuts will invest about $100 million to equip stores to better serve mobile ordering. The chain plans to unveil 50 U.S. test stores in 2018 with dedicated pickup areas, digital kiosks and expanded drive-through windows that prioritize orders via mobile app. The design aims to improve order speed, accuracy and convenience, in the hope of boosting sales, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Good!-Donut like waiting for our Donut! GI
Companies that sell plant-based and lab-grown meat in Missouri will have until Jan. 1, 2019 to comply with a new labeling law. The Missouri Department of Agriculture delayed the enforcement of the law, which bars plant-based and lab-grown companies from labeling thier products as meat, to give companies time to ensure their labels comply with the law that went into effect Aug. 28, reported St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Vegetarian food-maker Tofurky filed a lawsuit in Missouri seeking to defend its right to describe its products with meat terminology such as "sausage" and "hot dogs," as long as the packaging makes clear what the ingredients are. The company argues a state law set to take effect Aug. 28 that bars companies from "misrepresenting" products as meat if they're not from "harvested livestock or poultry" is too vague and could be used to go after a range of vegetarian products that use such terminology, reported The Wichita Eagle.
Isn't it funny how meatless alternatives always want to call it meat? Hmm Why? GI
Walmart changed its e-commerce shipping policy to block orders of items it deems too expensive to ship. Products stored in warehouses too far away from a customer's shipping address will be labeled as "out of stock" and unavailable for purchase. The shift is part of a test to see if it can deliver more products via ground shipping in two days or less and reduce split shipments. A company spokesperson claims shoppers shouldn't see a big increase in out-of-stock items because Walmart.com will suggest similar products from nearby warehouses, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Darn it..we wanted to order that 50" TV with our tomatoes and frozen pizza! GI
Lidl is reportedly starting to look for property in Florida, according to people familiar with the matter. Commercial real estate sources believe if Lidl begins to build a retail footprint in Florida, it will likely start to scout warehouse real estate, as it currently only has three warehouses in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, reported Tampa Bay Business Journal.
We still don't understand the attraction of this Lidl private label product concept! GI
University of California, Davis, researchers are testing seaweed as a feed source for dairy cows. The plan is intended to reduce emissions of methane gas, reported Yakima Herald-Republic.
Methane from the regular hay or does this cut down on cow farts? GI
Dairy products such as yogurt and cheese were found to protect against both total mortality and mortality from cerebrovascular causes, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2018. The researchers found consumption of cheese was associated with an 8% lower total mortality risk and yogurt was associated with a 3% lower rate of total mortality, reported ScienceDaily
Obviously it's time to extend our life and "cut the cheese" more! GI
U.S. shipping rates jumped 14% in the year ended June 30, sending truck use to nearly 100% capacity, according to Freight Transportation Research Associates. To avoid passing costs to its customers, Chopt Creative Salad Co. started buying more baby kale, spinach and arugula from Florida instead of California, and is looking into greens grown indoors in New York, reported Portland Press Herald.
This just gave us a Grilliant Idea! Flat bed trailer gardening...shipped to you! GI
USDA contested a Consumer Reports article claiming banned drugs can be found in beef, poultry and pork consumed in the U.S. The agency noted it mistakenly released unconfirmed, preliminary test results for samples taken from poultry following a Freedom of Information Act request issued on March 3, 2017. After complete screening and testing process on all the samples represented, the final confirmed and validated test results showed there were no drug residues in the chicken.
Great news! We were concerned how this may affect our blood test for a new job! GI
Growing online competition is forcing retailers to adjust prices more frequently and hold prices constant across geographic regions, according to research from an analyst at Harvard Business School. The report found, when combined, those effects can make retail prices more sensitive to countrywide shocks in gasoline prices or import tariffs, resulting in a more responsive retail sector that quickly passes costs on to consumers. The average duration for regular price changes fell to 3.7 months from 2014 to 2017, down from 6.7 months in 2008 to 2010, reported CNBC.
When people are paying avg. 34% more at Whole Foods..do they really care? GI
Price is the biggest issue facing the meal kit industry, according to an analyst from The NPD Group. The analyst notes more than half of consumers who stopped using meal kits did so because of cost and the meal kit business model may be too expensive to be sustainable as a standalone business. Brian Todd, president of the Food Institute, notes this may be due to the continual blurring of the line between food at-home and food away-from-home. "Restaurants are competing in supermarket space now and vice versa, where supermarkets even have restaurants within them now," Todd says, reported WGBH.
Folks- just buy your own ingredients, cook, and prepare at home! Try a cookbook and enjoy your kitchen..plus save money! GI
Twenty-two percent of workers consume about 1,300 calories per week from food obtained at work, according to data from the USDA Food Acquisition and Purchasing Survey. Of those workers, 45% consumed three or more food or drink items in a week. The most consumed products at work are pizza, soda, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, and candy.
The other 78% must be starving at work! GI
RNG Energy Solutions is building a new facility in Philadelphia to turn food waste into methane gas. The company formed a joint venture with Philadelphia Energy Solutions to build a $120 million digester that will be able to convert more than 1,100 tons of food waste into methane gas, reported Lincoln Journal-Star.
Just think about that number... 1,100 tons of food waste! Just One Place!! GI
Moderate consumption of chocolate may cut a person's risk of heart failure by 13%, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine. The researchers found eating up to three bars monthly could boost blood vessel health and help reduce inflammation. However, consuming daily could increase risk of heart failure by 17%, reported The Sun.
3 chocolate bars vs 30 chocolate bars per month? We bet Hershey's didn't sponsor this study! GI
USDA is working to transfer sorghum's weed-killing power to rice. A compound, sorgoleone, is secreted by sorghum and helps the plant combat weeds. Agricultural Research Service scientists are hopeful that transferring this trait to other crops could reduce the reliance upon synthetic herbicides.
We have a feeling Monsanto/Round-up hates this study! GI
Going Camping? These three common plants could sustain you if you are ever lost in the wilderness
Cattails: Found nationwide, it has white shoots that apparently taste like a cucumber. You can also eat the sprouts at the end of the roots, but they're best in fall and winter.
Clovers: These plants are identifiable by their trefoil leaves and can be eaten from blossom to root, cooked or uncooked.
Dandelions: You can eat the entire thing cooked or raw. Sometimes people dry and roast their roots to create a coffee-like drink.
Let's Go Camping! We'll Bring Ingredients for Smores! You Bring The Shovel! GI