The shape of a wine glass really does influence how a wine is enjoyed, former skeptic Mark Wilson writes. A tasting with glassmaker Maximilian Riedel proved to Wilson that the wrong glass could make a wine seem unpleasant while the right one unlocks all of a good wine's flavors.
A group of New Jersey middle-school students wanted to build an invention that would help prevent concussions after a friend was affected by one. In this blog post, teacher Jonathan Harvey shares how his students won the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow contest with their football helmet sensor that helps to detect sudden movements in the head and signs of a concussion.
Technology is playing an increasingly key role in the ongoing transformation of the food industry in areas such as transparency and cooking innovation, said The Spoon founder Michael Wolf at last week's Smart Kitchen Summit. "From the minute food is created to the second it is put on a fork to eat, the meal journey is being disrupted," he said.
Panera Bread has created a video series for Facebook Watch called "Food Interrupted," which will feature stories of people working to change the country's food system. The first episode will feature chef Marcus Samuelsson and family farmer Jon Hammond discussing ancient grains, which coincides with Panera's announcement that it plans to disclose the whole grain content of breads on its menu starting today.
McDonald's has been testing two new cold brew coffee drinks on its McCafe menu at about 70 restaurants in San Diego. The beverages are made with Rainforest Alliance-certified beans from Guatemala.
Startups including Ocean Hugger Foods are creating new and more realistic plant-based versions of seafood, from tomato-based tuna to eel made from eggplant. Restaurant Sophie's Kitchen serves smoked salmon and tuna made from an Asian root vegetable and Good Catch's plant-based tuna product is slated to roll out next year.
Ahold Delhaize USA has broken ground on a meat processing plant in Rhode Island, intended to support its Stop & Shop and Peapod grocers, a spokeswoman said. The plant is expected to open for business in 2020.
The Charlotte, N.C., grocery market has become ultra-competitive in recent years, with new arrivals Publix and Lidl among those expanding in the region, Katherine Peralta writes. Smaller stores and more robust online connections are among the trends developing quickly in the Charlotte market, she notes.
Afresh Technologies was founded in 2017 to help grocers meet the key challenge of having just enough fresh produce on hand to meet demand but not so much as to spur waste. The Afresh machine learning system has helped regional grocers cut down on out-of-stocks by 80% and food waste by 50% in pilot projects, the company said.
Wendy's has won over 970,000 new followers on Twitter since an exchange helped a fan win a year's worth of chicken nuggets last year. The trick to the chain's social success is cutting out layers of approvals and trusting the five-member, in-house social media team, marketing chief Kurt Kane said.