Taco Bell has begun testing spicier versions of its Nacho Fries, a limited-time item that's scheduled to drop from the menu in mid-September. At restaurants in Ohio, the chain is testing Rattlesnake Fries, a nachos-style dish with fries replacing the chips; and Reaper Ranch Fries, which are seasoned with the world's hottest pepper.
Gail Becker founded gluten-free frozen pizza brand Caulipower last year, and the product is already on shelves at 10,000 US stores. She advises food startups against pretending they're bigger than they are, noting that many industry stakeholders are rooting for entrepreneurs.
Bars can put their own spins on the increasingly popular Aperol spritz by substituting in different bitter spirits, such as Campari or Cynar, Maeve Webster writes. Another easy version is to substitute another bubbly for the classic prosecco, she writes.
Parents registering their children for school this year in Florida will be asked to note if their children have been referred for mental health services. The requirement is part of a school safety bill passed following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, but critics are concerned about privacy and the stigmatization of mental illness.
Tyson Foods will acquire Keystone Foods, a major meat supplier to quickserve chains including McDonald's, for $2.16 billion, the companies said Monday. The deal will expand Tyson's reach into more profitable meat categories such as chicken nuggets, fish fillets and ready-to-cook chicken wings.
The number of Chinese restaurants in the US has grown to about 45,000 since the first opened in 1849 in San Francisco, and Panda Express has become the leading Asian chain with more than 2,000 units. Emerging brands are vying for a share of the market, including Pei Wei and Mama Fu's, with around 200 units and 27 units respectively; and independent eateries such as Junzi in New York City.
About 60% of school districts are serving locally produced fruits and vegetables, and about 48% are part of a farm-to-school program, according to a survey of 1,550 districts by the School Nutrition Association. "School nutrition professionals are determined to find new ways to ensure students enjoy the healthy options available with school meals and benefit from all the nutrients they provide," said SNA President Gay Anderson.
Three Twins Ice Cream created a $60,000 organic ice cream experience that includes five-star accommodations, first-class flights and a trip up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. At the heart of the process is harvesting ice from the glacier and watching as company founder Neal Gottlieb makes the ice cream by hand.
HBO's new advertising campaign, "Because of Her," puts the spotlight on women behind the scenes of some of today's most popular shows. The campaign -- which is available on HBO, HBO Go, HBO Now and social media -- comes as the network has boosted the diversity of its directors.
Life is more challenging for persons with invisible disabilities, such as those who have hemophilia or epilepsy or are in the early stages of pregnancy, because they often experience discrimination for not "looking sick," writes Alliah Czarielle. The conditions of persons with invisible disabilities are not easily recognized, and as a result, benefits due them are not as easily granted, she adds.
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