McDonald's customers have been clamoring for years for all-day breakfast. The restaurant has finally complied, but its timing couldn't be worse because of an egg shortage. "It's going to make it harder for everyone," said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic. "It's going to lift prices across a lot of those products that use eggs."
The release of a new batch of Hillary Clinton's State Department e-mails raised eyebrows when sharp-eyed journalists noticed a cryptic message with the subject line "Gefilte fish." The message, which sparked plenty of online speculation, turned out to relate to an effort to facilitate a plus-sized shipment of carp to Israel. "It's hard not to find this e-mail funny, because gefilte fish is nothing if not funny," writes Roberto Ferdman.
Costco, Sam's Club and other warehouse chains have had a more profound effect on the retail industry than Amazon and other online retailers, according to the University of Chicago researchers. The four biggest warehouse clubs accounted for 8% of total retail sales in 2012, ringing up almost 50% more than online retail sales that year. That balance could shift in the future as retailers improve their digital capabilities, writes Sarah Halzack.
Brands such as Nestle, Chobani and Amy's Kitchen are launching branded restaurants to give consumers a new, interactive experience. Chobani uses its SoHo Cafe as a test kitchen for recipes that may eventually end up in the grocery store, and Nestle's Nespresso boutiques show consumers new ways to use its products that they can replicate at home.
About 75% of the meals served in a Colorado school district are made from scratch -- up from 20% about four years ago. The district also spends nearly 25% of its annual foodservices funding on local dairy, grains, meats and produce.
The production of school meals is "nothing short of a minor miracle," Daniel Schultz, a public health nutritionist, writes in this commentary. He reveals several challenges school nutrition professionals overcome every day, including funding challenges and strict standards.
Fresh chiles come in a variety of types and can find a home in anything from condiments to cocktails. The heat and flavor of a chile can vary widely, even in the same type, so it's important to taste an individual chile before using it.
Burger King, after having its Peace Day burger plans rejected by McDonald's, and is moving ahead with replacement partners Wayback Burgers, Denny's, Giraffas and Krystal. The other burger chains took to social media to offer their support, with Brazil-based Giraffas saying: "They McChickened out. We accept."
Whole Foods Market plans to debut its "off-price" concept with five 365 by Whole Foods Market stores next year and 10 in 2017, offering an interactive in-store experience that appeals to millennials. The smaller, value-driven stores will also target low-income residents in underserved neighborhoods and food deserts, improving "access to fresh, healthy foods," said Executive VP of Growth and Business Development Jim Sud.
McDonald's is reportedly getting set for its biggest advertising campaign in six years to promote the rollout of its all-day breakfast across the US. The push is being created by DDB Chicago and reportedly will shift the chain's marketing back to emotional, story-led spots that feature real people.
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