Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: April 27th
Looking for some of the week’s top information? This week we are giving you five stories from the foodservice industry for April 23-27.
Mad Cow Disease Reportedly Found in California
From Bloomberg Businessweek, Read Article
As if the pink slime dilemma wasn’t enough for the beef industry to deal with, another image-damaging disaster was announced to the public when it was discovered that a cow at a California dairy farm tested positive for mad cow disease. It was the first reported case in the U.S. in the past six years, and luckily, it was tested before entering the human food chain. According a released statement made by John Clifford, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinarian, the carcass “was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health.”
He continued on and assured the public that mad cow disease cannot be transferred to humans through milk. “USDA remains confident in the health of the national herd and the safety of beef and dairy products.”
Some countries stood behind the U.S., saying that the finding would have no impact on their imports of the nation’s beef; yet, other countries, such as Indonesia and South Korea, quickly suspended beef imports, with Indonesia responding that the country would release the ban “as soon as the U.S. can assure us its dairy cows are free of mad cow disease.” Read the full article on Reuters.
Rising Temperatures + Rising Corn Prices = Increasing Overall Food Cost
From HuffingtonPost.com, Read Article
According to research recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change, with our increasing temperatures we’ve seen lately, we’ll also see an increase in the price of corn. Evidently, their sensitivity to temperature change and growing conditions is higher than the U.S. energy policy. It gets worse though—when corn prices go up, so do prices of pretty much everything we eat and drink. Soda, bread, ketchup…the list could go on and on.
Soybean prices are also increasing, making it harder for most Americans to afford food. One out of every six Americans struggle to pay for food, and nearly 17 million children aren’t getting the right nutrition. Food prices aren’t just increasing in the U.S.; they’re also going up all over the world, which will affect us politically as well. Many analysts say food prices were a big part of the instability in the Arab world a year ago. Read the full article on Huffington Post.
Burger King to Switch to Cage-Free Practices by the Year 2017
From nrn.com, Read Article
Burger King Corp. announced its plan to transition over the next five years to using eggs from cage-free hens and pork from suppliers that are cutting out gestation crates for pregnant sows. The move, although applauded by animal welfare groups, such as The Human Society of the United States, could increase the company’s supply costs, according to industry experts.
“For more than a decade, Burger King Corp. has demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare and, through our BK Positive Steps corporate responsibility program, we continue to leverage our purchasing power to ensure the appropriate and proper treatment of animalsl by our vendors and suppliers,” said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, chief brand and operations officer of Burger King Corp.
While much of the public is encouraged by this plan, experts are quick to point out that cage-free eggs are more than double the price of standard eggs; in the past week standard eggs were priced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at $1.18 per dozen, retail, while cage-free eggs were priced at $3.59 and organic came in at $3.87 per dozen. Read the full article on NRN.com
Second Person Has Heart Attack at Las Vegas-Based Heart Attack Grill
From thedailymeal.com, Read Article
Another one bites the dust…well, kind of. Heart Attack Grill Owner Joe Basso has reported that yet another customer has had a reported heart attack after eating one of their famous burgers—this time it was the Double Bypass, a double-patty burger between two lard-covered buns.
Although Basso said he was happy that the woman was expected to make a full recovery, he re-iterated the restaurant’s motto: “Taste worth dying for.”
“We attract an avant-garde clientele—thrill seekers, risk takers,” said Basso. (Evidently, the woman was also smoking and drinking a margarita during the time when she experienced the ailment.) Read the full article on thedailymeal.com
National Restaurant Association Show May 5-7, 2012
From restaurant.org, Read article
It’s back! More than 1,800 exhibitors will be in attendance at the NRA Show in Chicago, showcasing a variety of product categories, such as food, beverages, equipment, furniture/décor, tableware and linens, technology and entertainment.
The NRA Show has repeatedly been the place to find the latest and greatest in foodservice products and services. Attendees can plan on having access to free cooking demos, panel discussions and education sessions, all led by industry experts.
This year’s keynote speaker is former President Bill Clinton. A live simulcast of his keynote will be broadcast on Sunday, May 6, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Clinton will be talking about his current work as the founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, which works to fight the rise of childhood obesity. The Foundation also is working with families and small business to succeed and grow.
“President Clinton has a unique perspective on our nation and the world,” said Jack Crawford, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2012 and President and CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Coooperative, LLC (IOC). “Clinton’s insights are sure to be both interesting and entertaining, making his keynote address one of the main attractions at NRA Show 2012.” Read the full article on restaurant.org