Thirty-seven percent of the US schools that tested their water for lead found elevated levels, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Data show that fewer than half of all school districts tested their water in 2017.
Veggie Grill has added its first breakfast item, a burrito made with a plant-based liquid egg alternative called JUST Egg. The mung bean-based product can also be used as an egg substitute in other products including pancakes and baked goods.
Potbelly will focus on creating more innovative sandwiches with names that stand out from the increasingly crowded field, said new CEO Alan Johnson. US fast-casual sandwich chains with upwards of $50 million in annual revenue grew their store counts by 70% over the past five years, according to Technomic.
Barbecue restaurants are increasingly focusing on side dishes and using smoking techniques to flavor a wider variety of ingredients, including vegetables, pitmasters say. Some are also flavoring their traditional menus with influences from other cuisines, including Korean and Mexican.
The rise of social media has driven a stronger interest in foods and beverages with vibrant colors, a trend noted by analysts from Innova Market Insights at the recent Institute of Food Technologists' annual meeting and expo. Other hot trends include coffee and tea flavors in snack foods, products made using natural processing techniques and environmentally friendly packaging, they said.
School nutrition professionals in an Alabama district served 29,426 meals in June through its summer-meal program, says Heather McDermott, director of the Child Nutrition Department. It was an increase of 2,266 meals compared with the previous June, which McDermott attributes to their more strategic approach to meal-site selection.
Registered dietitian Lisa Drayer writes sparkling water, including the flavored varieties, is just as good for hydration as noncarbonated regular water. RD Melissa Majumdar says carbonation may affect consumption, as some people find it helps them drink more, while others get bloated and drink less.
The owners of Kendall-Jackson are seeking to build nearly 100 residences on a former golf course in Sonoma County, Calif. The homes are expected to range from 1,000-2,800 square feet in size, according to a letter from Katie Jackson, vice president for sustainability and external affairs at Jackson Family Wines.
Mamajuana, the national cocktail of the Dominican Republic, is often enjoyed but rarely sold in New York bars. The beverage, which starts with a rum base but adds layers of flavors with additives including wine and wood chips, usually is homemade instead of mass-produced.