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9/20/2021

The School Nutrition Association and the USDA are working to help school foodservice departments through recent supply chain disruptions -- such as labor shortages and limited warehouse capacity -- affecting the industry, said Chris Derico, SNA's national vice president. The two groups "are working hard to make guidelines very flexible to assist districts with meeting the needs of students with the current market conditions," Derico added.

9/20/2021

Actor Idris Elba and David Farber, the founder of Connaught Wine Cellars, are opening a wine bar in the King's Cross area of London next month. Porte Noire, which shares the name of the partners' Champagne and rose brand, will feature a dining room, outdoor seating, a 70-guest bar, around 800 wines and a menu of French brasserie plates.

9/20/2021

Restaurants are looking to technology to help them comply with requirements for indoor dining customers to show proof they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. Some states and cities are creating apps that act as digital vaccine passports, Yelp now allows eateries to list their vaccine requirements and point-of-sale providers like SpotOn are adding features that let patrons reveal their vaccine status when making a reservation.

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9/20/2021

The public health department that oversees Seattle and the surrounding King County has ruled that restaurants must require proof of either vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from patrons who want to dine indoors. Seattle joins several other large markets in imposing stricter rules amid President Joe Biden's new requirements on companies with 100 or more employees.

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Restaurant Business
9/20/2021

McDonald's will launch a new line of merchandise today in partnership with clothing brand BoxLunch, which will donate one meal for every $10 spent to Feeding America. The line of T-shirts, hoodies and purses feature McDonald's design elements, characters like Ronald McDonald and slogans including "I'm Lovin' It."

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Ronald McDonald
9/20/2021

Little Caesars' pre-pandemic shift from pickup only to delivery via DoorDash and the launch of its mobile app positioned the pizza chain for faster growth, Chief Development Officer Jeremy Vitaro said. The company will expand to the St. Louis market with plans to open 35 units there in the coming years, and also sees growth potential in markets including the Pacific Northwest, Tampa and New York.

9/20/2021

Supply chain issues are disrupting school menus in Indiana's Northwest Allen County Schools, where Leeanne Koeneman, director of foodservices, says school nutrition professionals are facing delivery issues for some food items as well as disposables, such as trays and silverware. Koeneman says the district recently was expecting an order of disposable trays that was unexpectedly canceled the night before, causing her team to switch to regular hard trays and adjust serving methods.

9/20/2021

Lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C that is essential for immunity and for shielding the skin from free radicals and signs of aging, writes registered dietitian nutritionist Kristy Del Coro, adding that citrus flavonoids with cardioprotective effects and citric acid aids in preventing kidney stones. Consuming lemon is also easy, as all of its parts -- from its zest and segments to its juice -- can be eaten, and the fruit can be used in sweet and savory dishes, soups and salads, Del Coro notes.

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Well+Good
9/20/2021

Fetzer Vineyards in California's Mendocino County and Sonoma County's Jackson Family Wines are rethinking their bottles and making their packaging more sustainable as the industry looks to lessen its carbon footprint. With Fetzer's introduction of lighter-weight glass containers, its refreshed Burgundy-style chardonnay bottle is 14.8% lighter than its predecessor, and the total carbon footprint is reduced by 15.7% when factoring in cuts in transportation emissions and materials.

9/20/2021

Liter bottles have become a popular vessel for affordable, everyday wines in the years since natural-wine importers spotted a hole in the market and began using the oversize bottles to attract fun-seeking, budget-conscious consumers getting into wine, writes Ari Bendersky. "These aren't just one-note delicious wines, but more layered, complex wines," said Michael Drapkin, owner of Kingston Wine Co., in Kingston, N.Y.

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