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Week in Brief June 11-15th

Looking for some of the week’s top information?  Here are the five top stories from the foodservice industry for June 11-15.

9-Year-Old Who Changed School Lunches Through her Blog – Shut Down by Politicians

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Remember the cute Scottish girl, Martha Payne, who began blogging about her unhealthy, unappealing school lunches being served at her public school?  Each day she would post a picture of her lunch, which usually consisted of unhealthy food.  Luckily, her blogging created a buzz, and within a few weeks she had a million viewers, and even got support from TV chef/celebrity Jamie Oliver.

Unfortunately, the blog is now down.   Yesterday afternoon, Martha blogged to her followers that she may no longer take her camera into her school.

Her father, Dave, added to the post, “Veg’s Dad, Dave, here.  I felt it’s important to add a few bits of info to the blog tonight.  Martha’s school has been brilliant and supportive from the beginning and I’d like to thank them all.  I contacted Argyll and Bute Council when Martha told me what happened at school today and they told me it was their decision to ban Martha’s photography.”

Apparently, politicians don’t agree well with kids eating “unlimited salads, fruit and bread.”  Read the full article on’s website.

McDonald’s Chef Claims None of Their Food is ‘Unhealthy’

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Chef Daniel Coudreaut, senior director of culinary innovation for McDonald’s USA, recently was heard talking about their menu, saying, “I don’t see anything on the menu that’s unhealthy.”

Chef Coudreaut was first speaking with Lisa Abraham of the Akron Beacon Journal about obesity and how it relates to children’s diets when he threw out the comment.  He even mentioned that he and his children eat at McDonald’s about once a week, preferring the Big Mac.  But last time we checked, the Big Mac wasn’t very healthy.  Read the full article on’s website.

Subway to Test Vegan Subs

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In an effort to expand their customer base, Subway is now testing out three vegan sandwiches at Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia locations.  The three options include Sweet Riblet, Malibu Greek and Italian Black Bean, and the bread varieties include:  Roasted Garlic, Sourdough, Light Wheat English Muffin, Hearty Italian and Hearty Italian White.

The prices are also comparable to the regular subs that the restaurant makes; a foot-long costs $7.00, while a six-inch costs only $4.50.  Read the full article on’s website.

T.G.I. Friday’s Introducing App Allowing Guests to Pay Via Smartphone

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“My Friday’s Tab,” an app offered at about 300 of the 900 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants across the nation, allows customers to start their tab on their smartphone, track it, and close out the tab without the waiter giving them any type of bill.

“This new app puts the Friday experience at guests’ fingertips – whether they’re looking for the closest Friday’s to celebrate and indulge, or if they want to pay their bar tab quickly,” Ricky Richardson, COO at Carrollton, Texas-based T.G.I. Friday’s, said when the app was released.

The app can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App Store or the Android App Market.  Read the full article on’s website.

Obama Offers Dinner to His Donators

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For anyone donating to the Obama campaign, he/she will have the chance to win a dinner with the President himself.

The winner and a guest of his/her choice will be flown out to meet the President on the campaign trail.

“These dinners mean something more than just a meal among friends,” Obama said in a press statement this morning.  They represent the kind of politics we believe in.”  Read the full article on thedailymeal’s website.



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