Food Week June 6 -12, 2022
Another tough inflation report for May – fuel and transportation biggest culprits. Record gas prices, thought not record per barrel prices. Hmmm…
In another sign that the pandemic – or recognition of the pandemic – is over, the US will stop requiring a negative coronavirus test before entering the country.
2 people rescued from a chocolate vat in Mars Inc. candy factory. This story begs for more information.
RETAIL AND CONSUMER
Further growth for dollar stores as consumers react to inflation, further concerns for food desserts.
The loosening supply chain leaves retailers with tons of stuff , which is another kind of problem. But could be gold for consumers.
General Mills is suddenly having trouble making safe cereal. First problem with Lucky Charms and now Cheerios.
Plant milk becoming dominant. There are already living children who will at some point be grossed out when they learn that milk once came from cows.
RESTAURANTS AND FOODSERVICE
The first thing to go at McDonald’s when things get complicated are the healthy options.
The controversy over tipping will never end.
The winner of the best fast food milkshake is… Oberwiess. And your response is who? It’s a local to Chicago ice cream and diary store. So probably doesn’t belong on this list. So Steak and Shake, the number 2 gets the nod. Cause it is actually a fast food restaurant and while not national at least is in more than one metro.
White Castle has always taken care of its workers. They get recognition for it.
First Panera pick up and delivery only unit.
FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Related to the above, excess inventories for retailers may mean a lowering of freight rates.
A deep dive into the elements of global food shortages and inflation.
Late season hit of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI): 2 million egg laying birds in Colorado. The outbreaks usually recede as migratory fowl pass to the north, so this is a bit of a surprise.
FOOD WEEK LAGNIAPPE
Great discussion about aging of steaks and aging of cows. Learned about vaca vieja . Heading to Spain this week so may indulge.
Of course everyone knows that banning peanuts from flights is just theater: 14-Year-Old has Anaphylaxis after another passenger refuses to stop eating Peanuts.
Carpano Antica vermouth has been around since 1786. I usually check to see if a bar has it before ordering a Manhattan or Negroni. A review of the category.
More data suggesting coffee drinking keeps you alive longer. Personally, I don’t know how I would live at all without it.