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Food Week July 17 – 23, 2023

Welcome to Food Week July 17 – 23, 2023. A lot of debunking this week. No, you aren’t lacking in protein in your diet, people still want to eat at (the right) restaurants, Avian Influenza isn’t dead, Lidl isn’t taking over, diet sodas don’t work, most of your spice cabinet is expired but not useless and that whole ‘nobody wants to work’ excuse for a tight labor market is at least 60 years old. Enjoy.


  • 80 million people in the US will experience heat indexes over 105F this weekend.
    • Lidl is not figuring out the US market.
    • Consolidation still okay with courts, even if the Justice Department thinks otherwise. Here, a mega-merger in sugar.


    • McDonald’s resurrects the Grimace.
    • Groceries are generally falling, or at least stopped inflating. Will this hurt restaurants?
    • In n out bans employee mask wearing. Quote: ‘the importance of customer service and the ability to show our Associates’ smiles and other facial features while considering the health and well-being of all individuals.’”
    • On of the tricky things looking at a segment as diverse as restaurants is that you compare apples and oranges. People say they prefer take out to dining in. But a deeper dive shows that people really don’t like dining in at fast food restaurants anymore. Atmosphere and experience determine.
    • During the strike in Hollywood, a writer spends his time trying to find the restaurant named for the FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
      • A combination of climate change and incompetence is making Sriracha hard to find.


      • You probably have a lot of spices that are old and out of date. In fact I’d bet on it. Here’s a few ideas about what to do with them.
      • Healthy eating myths. Diet sodas aren’t healthy and won’t help you lose weight but no one over 50 should be drinking sugary sodas, according to this doctor.

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