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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: February 24

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.

Central’s Week in Brief: May 27, 2011

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more.  It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

Image from ChooseMyPlate.gov

Image from ChooseMyPlate.gov

1) Beginning June 2, 2011 the Food Pyramid will be replaced.  The new icon will represent a change from a basic guideline of what and how much to eat to a more balanced program that teaches what steps to take to lead a healthier lifestyle.  Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion told WebMD, “There will be a ‘how-to’ that will resonate with individuals. That is the behavioral part that is needed. We need to transcend information — ‘here’s what the science says’ — and give people the tools and the opportunities to take action.”

2) The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has been motoring around the country for 75 years now.  Since then there have been many upgrades and for this year’s big anniversary the Wienermobile’s latest improvement was a no-brainer: turn it into a food truck.  The newest Wienermobile was unveiled in New York City with Chef Tyler Florence handing out hot dogs, but you can also get in on the action as the new food truck hits the road for a 12 city tour this summer.

3) Many chefs that make a living preparing pork are rejoicing this week, while others may be a little slow to come around to a new pork cooking guideline by the USDA.  Pork now must only reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit versus the previously required 160 degrees.  This change comes as a result of improved hog feeding processes which have decreased (but not eliminated) the risk for trichinosis, a disease caused by eating undercooked meat.

4)  On a sadder (to some) note, this week media icon Oprah Winfrey said good-bye to her talk-show audience for the final time after 25 years on the air.  It’s hard to think of a world without Oprah, but never fear you can always enjoy some of Ms. Winfrey’s favorite foods (from her Favorite Things lists) to help you carry on now that her show is no more.  Here’s a list of just a few favorites: Beecher’s Mac & Cheese, Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbetto, Greenberg Smoked Turkey, Garrett Popcorn’s CarmelCrisp® and CheeseCorn™, Centerville Pie’s Oprah Chicken Pie and Moveable Feast Brownies.

5) And since it’s the 3 day Memorial Day weekend that means it’s a perfect time to break out the grill and get cooking.  But why just make your average run of the mill burgers and hot dogs, why not spice things up a little?   Try this recipe for Devil’s Meatloaf on the Grill from AllRecipes.com, remember to keep an eye on the grill and keep the kids away and if all else fails check out Alton Brown’s must-have for grilling.