Chicago officials accused both DoorDash and Grubhub of harming city restaurants and customers through high fees and other deceptive practices. According to lawsuits, both companies advertise delivery services for restaurants without their agreement, charge higher prices for items than restaurants, and charge more in total fees than initially disclosed to customers. Representatives for both companies pushed back on the suits, reported CBS News.
Restaurant rent delinquencies are on the rise. Alignable’s August Rent Poll Report showed 45% of restaurants were unable to pay their August rents, representing a five-point jump from the month prior. The survey of 5,349 small businesses also showed that 88% of restaurants said they fear the Delta variant will slow economic recovery, reported alignable.com.
A pandemic record of 44 ships were awaiting entry into the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach as of Aug. 28, up from 37 ships in mid-August, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The backlog is the result of many factors, including a labor shortage, pandemic-related disruptions, and holiday-buying surges, reported Fresh Fruit Portal.
Consuming sucrose, “the more natural form” of sugar, may be as bad for your health as consuming high fructose corn syrup, according to a University of California, Davis, study, reported MedicalXPress.
A new study indicates that folate – a B-vitamin naturally found in food – is directly linked to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, reported Well+Good.
The top 5 folate foods
“One-half cup of cooked lentils has 179 mcg of folate—almost half of the daily requirement. Lentils are a great source of protein and fiber and are a super satisfying source of plant protein. They’re wonderful to add to the diet as their fiber helps to keep you regular and improve gut health. They’re also a great source of iron, which is particularly good for vegetarians who often struggle to get enough. They make a great substitution for meat in tacos, salads, and soups.”
“One-half cup asparagus has 164 mcg, or 40 percent of the daily requirement. It's also rich in fiber, and is a great source of anthocyanins—these antioxidants help protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to chronic disease. Another fun reason to add it to the diet: asparagus contain the amino acid asparagine, which acts as a natural diuretic, helping to flush excess fluid and salt from your body.”
“A half cup of steamed spinach provides 131 mcg of folate, which is around one third of the daily 400 mcg requirement. It promotes immune and skin health since it’s rich in vitamin C. Spinach is also great for vegetarians and vegans since it’s a rich source of iron and calcium, two nutrients that most people associate with animal products.”
5. Black Beans
“One half cup serving of black beans contains 128 mcg of folate, roughly a third of the daily requirement. Add beans to your salad, make bean soup, chili, burrito, bean salsa, or a casserole and you’ll also get a hefty dose of fiber, antioxidants, plus protein.”
Wendy’s Co. is combatting soggy French fries by retooling their design with drive-thru and delivery orders in mind. The new “Hot & Crispy” fries are coated with a “whisper” of batter to hold up for a 20-30-minute delay before eating, reported MarketWatch.
With test digs showing yields down 20% to 30%, Idaho potato farmers are bracing for a poor crop caused by drought and heat. Meanwhile, major processors, including Lamb Weston, McCain Foods and Cavendish Farms have offered growers an extra $1.50 per hundredweight for additional spuds, reported The Wichita Eagle.
The U.S. cattle backlog has “finally cleared,” according to Rabobank. New analysis offers a bright outlook for near-term U.S. beef market dynamics, noting that the backlog of cattle both inside and outside feedyards has cleared the market. Current fed steer prices are 25% above 2020, reported Meatingplace.
Cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40% from beverages could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease events, 490,000 cardiovascular deaths, and 750,000 diabetes cases in the U.S. over the lifetime of the adult population, according to a study published in Circulation, reported MedicalXPress.
Some U.S. fast-food restaurants are closing indoor seating areas or limiting hours of operation because of the spread of the Delta variant, according to franchisees. Last week, McDonald's instructed its franchisees on steps they should take to re-close their dining rooms in areas where the Delta variant is rapidly spreading, reported Reuters.
Leading coffee roasters have been dealt a blow as a strict lockdown in Vietnam has led to higher bean prices. Vietnam is the leading exporter of robusta coffee, the bitter tasting bean used for instant coffee as well as for some espresso blends, reported The Financial Times.
Warning of a new COVID-19 crisis, restaurants are pressing Congress for more aid. In a letter to Congressional leadership, the National Restaurant Association implored lawmakers to take action, noting that 19% of customers have already stopped going to restaurants due to fear of the Delta variant, reported Restaurant Business.
Replacing table salt with a reduced-sodium, added-potassium 'salt substitute' significantly reduces rates of stroke, heart attack and death, according to the results of one of the largest dietary intervention studies ever conducted, reported MedicalXPress.
Taco Bell is launching the Chicken Sandwich Taco for a limited time. The item, which will ask fans to answer whether it's a sandwich or taco, will incorporate marinated chicken with tortilla chips and flatbread, reported MarketWatch.
Fifty-four percent of Americans have tried alternative meat items available at popular fast food chains, with 70% enjoying the experience, according to Piplsay research.