High-end chefs including April Bloomfield and Daniel Humm are elevating the veggie burger from an afterthought to a menu star. At New York City's Blue Hill, chef Dan Barber serves a burger made with beet and carrot pulp and topped with bacon.
Tops Markets has upgraded its frozen food facility to a 200,000-square-foot space from 95,000 square feet as part of a bigger plan to expand its operations. The facility will allow the retailer to end its dependency on third-party storage facilities and expand its frozen offerings.
Shoppers prefer unpacked, loose produce over packaged produce because they can check the products' quality and select their own quantity, and consumers feel there is less environmental impact with loose produce, according to a recent study. Excessive packaging of fresh produce discourages shoppers from eating healthy foods, the study revealed.
Driven by diners' demand for exciting and nutritious foods, chefs around the world are expanding their horizons beyond traditional European cooking styles and embracing the flavorful, healthy ingredients and techniques of Latin America, chef and Culinary Institute of America adjunct professor Nelson Millan writes. "Today, thanks to leading chefs and professionals from the Caribbean and Latin America, these ingredients have become one of the most potent influences for US chefs."
Members of Generation Z are more tech-savvy and practical about money than millennials and they also crave sustainable organic food and menu variety, said Jason Dorsey of the Center for Generational Kinetics. Restaurants can cater to Gen Z with customizable menu options, money-saving coupons and touch-screen games.
High-profile New York City chef and "Chopped" judge Scott Conant has moved his family to Arizona and will team with restaurateur Stefano Fabbri to open a Phoenix eatery called Mora Italian later this year. Conant began his culinary career 20 years ago and has created award-winning eateries including L'Impero, Alto and Scarpetta.
Students and parents in a Minnesota school district have access on their smartphones to meal information and account payment options. The district this school year is expanding its use of a free smartphone app and online service for school meals.
Whole Foods Market will partner with Louisiana brewery Straight to Ale to offer special Rumble Seat Citrus Witte and Rumble Seat India Pale Ale packaged beers to shoppers at stores in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and North and South Carolina. The deal will also include a West Coast-style Imperial Red beer that will be available on draft only.
Lambrusco may be the most famous of the sparkling red wines, but other Italian varieties, as well as several New World wines, also offer strong choices for those seeking the darker side of sparkling. Sparkling shiraz from Australia is fruity with an acidic bite, and sparkling malbec from California uses the Champagne method to create a bubbly new take on a familiar wine.
Certified organic Gatorade has hit shelves at select Kroger locations, and will see wider release this fall as PepsiCo attempts to take hold of the growing natural ingredient movement. Gatorade currently controls 70% of the sports drink category, and the company debuted its new G Organic products to capture the attention of the 10-12% of athletes who seek out organic products.
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