8 Nov 2017
2017/11/08 – FDA Releases New Guidance on Calorie Rule – Washington Free Beacon
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released draft guidance to help chain restaurants and groceries comply with an Obamacare regulation that requires calorie labeling on menus.
The regulation, which applies to chains of 20 or more stores, is set to take effect in May 2018. The Trump administration delayed the compliance date earlier this year to take into account concerns of companies and food associations that must comply.
Pizza chains represented by the American Pizza Community—including Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Little Caesars—raised the issue that pizza can contain up to a billion topping combinations, making the rule unworkable unless they can comply online. Domino’s has said the vast majority of their orders are already placed online, where customers can use a calorie tracker for any pizza they order.
The new FDA guidance does not allow pizza chains to comply online but attempts to provide more flexibility with allowing companies to use calorie ranges.
6 Oct 2017
2017/10/04 – McDonald’s manager sold $10,900 in cocaine by hiding it with burgers and fries, police say – Miami Herald
It’s hard to spend $10,900 at McDonald’s — but it’s easier if the restaurant is selling crack and cocaine in addition to McNuggets.
That’s exactly what McDonald’s night manager Frank Guerrero, 26, was caught selling when authorities arrested him this week at the franchise he’s worked at for eight years in the Bronx.
Before his arrest, he made eight sales to undercover officers, in larger and larger quantities as the months went on — selling them $10,900 in drugs in all.
He made five sales in the franchise’s parking lot, authorities said, and often sold to other buyers late in the night during his shift. And the late-night customers even got special treatment: Though only the drive-thru was supposed to be open that late, Guerrero allegedly unlocked the door and let his clientele come into the restaurant after hours.
When police searched his home, they found 200 grams of cocaine and $5,300 in cash. The cash was stashed in a dresser inside his 2-year-old child’s playroom.
10 Mar 2017
Bottled water sales outpace soda for first time in U.S. – CBS
Bottled water overtook soda as the No. 1 drink sold in the U.S. last year, according to one metric.
Americans drank an average of 39.3 gallons of bottled water in 2016 and 38.5 gallons of carbonated soft drinks, according to research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.
Of course, just because Americans are drinking more water doesn’t mean soda companies are suffering. The top two bottled water brands, Dasani and Aquafina, are owned by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, respectively. The two companies captured 26 percent of bottled water revenue last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sounds like a good trend.
2 Mar 2017
McDonald’s vows to win back patrons with better burgers – USA Today
McDonald’s executives unveiled plans Wednesday for better burgers, delivery services and more digital-friendly restaurants to return to growth after the loss of “hundreds of millions” of visits by customers who drifted away as the chain fell behind on quality, value and convenience.
In the U.S., the upgrades will be in place at roughly 2,500 of its eateries by the end of this year. Most of the nation’s 14,000 restaurants will be revamped by 2020, according to Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald’s USA.
9 May 2016
Krispy Kreme Being Taken Private For $1.35 Billion
Krispy Kreme is being taken private by a unit of private equity firm JAB Holding Co. for $1.35 billion, the companies said on Monday.
For JAB, the Krispy Kreme buy comes months after its $13.9 billion acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain. The European private equity conglomerate also has controlling stakes in coffee chains like Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee , Espresso House and Jacobs Douwe Egberts and bagel shop Einstein Noah Restaurant Group.
The acquisition has been unanimously approved by Krispy Kreme’s board of directors and is expected to close in the third quarter. The company will continue to operate out of its Winston-Salem, North Carolina headquarters.
Thankfully operations will continue as normal in the U.S.