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Central’s Week in Brief: August 19, 2011

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We 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!

 1. While food trucks and restaurants have been battling it out since the trend began, a part of Canada may just be figuring out how to make the relationship work.  This Calgary Herald article discusses a new food truck pilot program, which essentially maps out where food trucks can park. One of the individuals interviewed even told the reporter he had received calls from restaurants and pubs in the area asking he park near them!

2. Lately restaurants have been getting slack for unhealthy menu items, but let’s not forget those who really are making changes for the better.  MSN Fitbie covered the topic showcasing some of these healthier changes such as Cheesecake Factory’s SkinnyLicious menu items, McDonald’s revised Happy Meal that replaces fries with apples and Chick-fil-A’s multigrain oatmeal.

3. Where do Millennials (ages 16-24) enjoy dining the most?  Quick-service restaurants.  It makes sense, after all they are always on the go.  Convenience Store News recently wrote about the Executive Insights report that looked into this, finding 20 percent of Generation Y go to a QSR every other day.  Some favorite QSRs found in the study included Chick-fil-A, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds, Chipolte and Boston Market.

4. Schools are continuously looking for ways to curb childhood obesity.  This USA Today article discusses one of the latest topics from a School Nutrition Association (SNA) survey, which looked into how long students actually have for lunch.  They found the average time was 25-30 minutes, but after factoring in using the restroom then waiting in the lunch line, it’s approximately 10-15 minutes.  SNA found healthy foods can take longer to eat and in a rush, students opt for the unhealthier quicker items. Perhaps making lunch a little longer could help in solving the childhood obesity problem?

5. “Rockuccinos” and “You Shook Me All Night Long Moscatos” makes one wonder if rock bands are taking over the foodservice industry.  Well, it might be a possibility! KISS will be opening up a coffee house in Las Vegas, which will be their second location (the first being in Myrtle Beach).  Then band AC/DC recently announced a new partnership with New South Wales on a wine collection.  This New York Post article mentions some of the names which are “Back in Black” Shiraz, “Highway to Hell” Cabernet Sauvignon and “Hells Bells” Sauvignon Blanc.

appleslices, image from morguefile

Central’s Week in Brief: July 29, 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!

appleslices, image from morguefile1)      This week, McDonald’s pledged to give a face-lift to the nutritional value of their classic happy meal.  Changes include providing both apple slices AND fries (each in smaller portions), eliminating the carmel dipping sauce now available for apples and offering fat-free chocolate or low-fat regular milk instead of just soda.  The New York Times reports that these changes will begin this September and should be in all stores by April, 2012.

2)      While the U.S. is trying to fight back against obesity, a severe famine is taking place in Somalia.  The World Food Program will airlift about 10 tons of food to aid in the issue which will feed about 3,500 for a month, according to NPR.   To donate to the efforts, visit the World Food Program’s website.  

3)      Football fans and sports restaurants/bars can now rest a little easier.  It was announced on Monday that the NFL season will go on as planned this year.  This means business will hopefully be booming for places like Dominos, Pizza Hut and Buffalo Wild Wings who all see a spike in sales on game days.  In fact, Market Watch reports that Pizza Hut “typically sells 1.5 million pizzas on an NFL Sunday, which is a 15%-to-25% increase over a typical Sunday.

4)      Kentucky Fried Chicken is taking an aerial approach to get the word out about their restaurant.  If you happen to be flying over Rachel, Nevada in the near future, you may look down to see a giant version of Colonel Sanders staring back up at you.  While creative (and gigantic), this type of marketing is really nothing new.  According to an article on Yahoo, “It’s a tradition that stretches back to 1965, when the Readymix company plastered its moniker on a desert in Australia.”

5)     In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month.   With the current heat wave passing through most of the country and the month coming to an end, it couldn’t be a more perfect time to enjoy this ice cold treat.  You could go with the usual vanilla or chocolate, but if you’re one for adventure, the San Francisco Weekly has a list of the Top 10 Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors in Existence that’s just for you.  What’s wrong with a little candied bacon treat to cool you down?