KFC has launched a new item called Mac & Cheese Bowls, combining macaroni and cheese and popcorn chicken, as part of its $5 Fill Up menu. "Mac and cheese has a cult-like following, and bowl food is a trend that isn't going away anytime soon," said Andrea Zahumensky, the chain's chief marketing officer.
An estimated 5.6 million children have food allergies, or 1 in 13, registered dietitian Emily Rubin writes. Rubin outlines common allergies and food intolerance issues, then offers suggestions on how families can manage these restrictions as they transition into the school year.
Milk consumption at schools has declined in recent years, coinciding with a regulatory change in 2012, which banned 1% flavored milk from school nutrition programs. In this commentary, Julie Sweney of the FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative writes that a proposed bill called the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2019, aims to give schools the option to provide 1% flavored milk to their students.
Pistachio paste can be gritty or lack freshness, but whole pistachios that have been blanched, peeled and toasted will yield a bright, fresh flavor when used to infuse ice cream base, writes Stella Parks. Slowly roasting the pistachios in olive or pistachio oil will enhance their flavor enough to stand out in ice cream.
Denyelle Bruno, CEO of the restaurant brand Tender Greens, says her goal is to increase diversity among staff and executives in her industry. "If you do not have people at the table representing the consumer base, you are limiting what the company will do," she says.
Chicago-based restaurant operator Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has teamed with Grubhub and Whole30 to launch a virtual restaurant catering to the lifestyle diet. The delivery-only concept, called Whole30 Delivered, will feature recipes designed by LEYE chefs and prepared in two Chicago ghost kitchens.
Instanbul-based TAB Food Investments, the franchisee operating about 1,000 Burger King restaurants in China, is considering going public in a Hong Kong stock offering that could value the company at about $1 billion, sources said.
Blaze Pizza has grown to about 400 units since 2011, when Wetzel's Pretzels founder Rick Wetzel and his wife, Elise, launched the concept. Wetzel talks about working with celebrity investor LeBron James and reflects on his career and lessons he's learned.
Seven school districts in Kansas have received awards for their efforts in promoting nutrition and wellness. Dodge City Unified School District 443's program, Kansans Can Serve It Safe, was recognized for its food-safety training program for staff.
Foods in Canada geared at children have not improved nutritionally, despite guidelines from the World Health Organization that limited marketing of children's foods that have high amounts of fats, sugar and salt, said researchers from the University of Calgary. Their study found that 88% of the foods marketed did not meet WHO guidelines.
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