New York City restaurants with at least 15 US locations will have to start putting a symbol next to dishes that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium on Tuesday. The city will begin issuing fines March 1 for restaurants that do not comply.
ALDI has found success with shoppers around the world, partly due to the its low prices. To keep its prices low, the German retailer looks to private labels for about 90% of its stock, stocks fewer items than traditional supermarkets, uses energy-efficient lighting and depends on streamlined store operations that require fewer workers, among other strategies.
The number of students eating school meals since passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has declined to 30.4 million in 2014 from 31.6 million in 2012. The School Nutrition Association is seeking to relax the federal rules. "Forcing kids to take items they already have decided they don't want to eat ... Those wasted resources could be better directed to menu improvements or nutrition education," SNA spokeswoman Diane Pratt-Heavner said.
Mini Cuban pastries called pastelitos scored highest among 250 global treats taste-tested by consumers, writes Datassential's Mike Kostyo. Meat resonated highest with men while sweet flavors won over women, and pretzels proved popular with millennials.
Students with a passion for food are filling traditional agriculture, nutrition and environmental programs at colleges across the country, and spurring the creation of new foodie areas of study. Some 30 US colleges and universities now offer interdisciplinary food studies programs that students can earn degrees in or take as a minor.
Phoenix-based Fox Restaurant Concepts is a collection of 15 concepts that basically function as separate companies, creating challenges for the marketing department, said Chief Marketing Officer Anita Walker. "My approach to marketing varies for each brand but a constant effort throughout is brand engagement. How do our guests touch, feel, taste, and interact with our brand inside and outside of the four walls?" she said.
Chef and restaurateur Steve McHugh survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and kicked cancer shortly after moving to San Antonio. His experiences led him to launch Cured. "Obviously, there's a dual meaning, as in the curing process [the restaurant's specialties are charcuterie and pickling], and as in healing. I think more about the things I put in my body now," he said.
Americans Fung Lam and David Rossi created Fortune Cookie, a restaurant in China that sells sweet and sour chicken, moo shu pork and other Americanized versions of the country's cuisine. The eatery hasn't yet won over older locals, but it's proving popular with expats and younger Chinese consumers.
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