Emotions are driving dining decisions in the US more than economic conditions right now, spurring demand for familiar flavors and comfort food amid uncertainty, Suzy Badaracco writes. Other trends she forecasts for 2019 include the continuing rise of Southern cuisine and the growing popularity of coffee, tea and plant waters.
Wendy's has teamed with Beef Marketing Group's Progressive Beef program to start sourcing its meat more sustainably, the company said. At least half of the chain's beef supply will be produced under the program's certification requirements by 2021.
Restaurants commonly employ people who have special needs, according to a study by The Arc, and more restaurants are hiring employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities as staffing needs grow. "Individuals with [special needs] have just as much to contribute to the workforce as anyone else, they just need to be given the chance and the appropriate supports," said Sarah Bal, spokeswoman for The Arc.
With schools closed in a Virginia district because of snow this week, some teachers delivered meals to students. The goal, they say, is to ensure that students who rely on school meals do not go hungry.
Exercise, dehydration, premenstrual syndrome, lack of sleep or stress all can contribute to salt cravings, health experts said. Registered dietitian Rachel Daniels said pregnant women may crave salt because of dehydration associated with morning sickness, and RD Ysabel Montemayor said the body may crave salt because it activates the pleasure center in the brain and releases the hormone dopamine.
Adolescents who experienced chronic bullying had significantly shrunken brain regions called the caudate and putamen, which are involved in behavioral processing, compared with those who experienced less-intense bullying, according to a study in Molecular Psychiatry. The findings, based on data involving 682 youths ages 14 to 19, suggest the reduced volume of the brain regions may be associated with elevated anxiety levels seen among 19-year-olds who had experienced chronic bullying, researchers said.
Target and Tesla are leading the way for companies looking to succeed through diversity and inclusion. In 2017, Target established a goal of hiring 50% female engineers that the retailer has since reached, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk meets weekly with Felicia Mayo, vice president of diversity and inclusion, to discuss what can be done to further the diversity goals of the company.
Black CEOs nationwide have joined a pledge titled "CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion" to aid a mass dialogue on what can be done to further promote more diverse and inclusive workplaces. Companies and groups taking part in the initiative include Career Communications Group, The Executive Leadership Council, INROADS and Bashen Corp.
Women are severely underrepresented in advertising, with just 5% of ads featuring only women, and agencies can change this by focusing on diversity within their company while also creating more ads with female talent and directors, writes agency search consultant Avi Dan. He suggests companies look at diversity within agencies, specifically the number of female vice presidents, before determining if an agency is the best fit for their next pitch.