Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: February 24

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Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for February 20-24.

Restaurants Not Affected by Rise in Gas Prices…Yet…
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article

Over the last few weeks, gas prices across the country have been on the rise.  Here in Indianapolis, we literally just saw gas prices go up 20 cents overnight.  With a rise in any price, there is a trickle down effect that can put a strain on recovering businesses.  However according to a recent NRA article, restaurants haven’t been seeing a decline in sales due to the higher gas prices.  They spoke with David Portalatin, director of industry analysis for market research The NPD Group, who said since gas has been above the $3 mark (December 2010), people have now just accepted it as the “new normal.”  But prices nearing $4 per gallon “could create pause.”  Only time will tell.  Read the full article on the NRA website.

Daily Meal Releases the 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2012
From The Daily Meal, Read Article

The Daily Meal recently released their second annual list of the United States’ 101 best restaurants.  To create this list, they said they have a nomination process with a panel of judges made up of restaurant critics, food and lifestyle writers and bloggers.  This panel took a look at last years winners then The Daily Meal’s editors added in nominations.  It was narrowed down from a list of 202.  Then though voting, the top 101 were created.  So of the 101, which were the top five places?  Take a look below and read the full article on the Daily Meal website.

Pepsi Creates a Happy Medium Between Regular and Diet Soda
From HuffPost Food, Read Article

We’ve seen regular soda, diet soda, “zero” soda, one calorie soda, etc.  These days many people are giving up soda because they don’t want the calories in regular soda or they don’t like the taste of diet or fear the potential effects of aspartame.  So Pepsi has tried to find a happy medium with “Pepsi Next.”  HuffPost Food said this drink, which will hit shelves at the end of March, is about 60 calories and tastes more similar to regular Pepsi as opposed to Diet Pepsi.  This is the second attempt to create a medium, Huff Post said Pepsi tried a similar product called “Pepsi Edge” in 2006, but was taken off shelves due to low sales.  Read the full article on the HuffPost Food website.

Test Tube Burgers in the Works
From Climate Central, Read Article

All thanks to a rich anonymous donor with hopes to lower the amount of cows farmed for food, a lab in the Netherlands is working on–you guessed it–lab grown meat.  Or as many have been calling it, test tube burgers.  A recent Climate Central article said Head of Physiology at Maastricht University, Dr. Mark Post, has been working on the test tube burger that may be released in October.  Post told Climate Central he could estimate seeing mass production of this type of burger in 10 to 20 years.  Read full article on the Climate Central website.

Schools Serving Three Meals a Day
From HuffPost Education, Read Article

“Too often it is after the fact that teachers discover their students are worrying less about math and reading and mroe about where their next meal comes from,” said a recent article from HuffPost Education.  But many schools across the country are taking advantage of funding from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which is available to schools where half or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches.  There’s mixed feelings about the program.  Some wonder why it’s a school’s responsibility, while others worry about the children who don’t get meals when they are at home.  Read the full article on the HuffPost Education website.

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