Did you know?... ARYZTA Food Solutions Business Developer John Lennon recently presented Padraig Seery from Kennedy's Service Station SPAR Monksland with his prize from the recent Seattle's Best Coffee 'Win a Trip to Seattle' Competition.
Did you know?... A new study has suggested that your zodiac sign may impact what foods you are drawn to. Deliveroo Ireland teamed up with Irish astrologer Kate Arbon to discover which zodiac signs are drawn to certain foods, revealing that Sagittarius has an eye for exotic foods, while Pisces enjoy more romantic meals. Have a friend who can never decide what to eat? What a Libra!
Did you know?... Taco chefs in Mexican restaurants are substituting avocado pears for the less-instagrammable courgette in guacamole recipes. The move has come as high demand for avocado, which has been hit by weak crop yields in California, are causing a massive surge in prices. The move has been met with some surprise applause, as food critics have spoken about how similar and enjoyable the taste is. Courgettes are not only cheaper than avocados, but you also don’t have to wait for them to ripen, and its guacamole does not discolour over time.
Did you know?... Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a division of Ardagh Group, is now manufacturing 12oz flint (clear) glass bottles in the US, for Sprecher Brewing Company’s new sparkling water product line. Seltzer/sparkling/mineral water is the fastest-growing segment of the water market and one of the fastest-growing non-alcoholic beverages in the US According to Mintel, sales of sparkling water are forecasted to grow 74% from 2018 to 2023.
Did you know?... Chocolate maker Hershey cut its full-year sales forecast, overshadowing a better-than-expected quarterly profit and sending its shares down 3%. The company said it expected full-year sales to grow 2% compared to prior forecast of an increase of as much as 3%. It also forecasts full-year adjusted profit below analysts expectation of $5.75 per share. Hershey and other packaged food makers have been facing a dearth of drivers, higher diesel prices and rising prices for some commodities, which has led to record shipping costs.
Did you know?... Brown-Forman Corporation was named a top-scoring company, receiving a top score of 100, in the 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, conducted by Disability: IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities. The 2019 DEI survey awarded points in six major categories: Culture and Leadership, Enterprise-wide Access, Employment Practices, Community Engagement, Supplier Diversity, and Non-US Operations. Companies received points in any given area by responding affirmatively to a significant portion of the numerous best practices outlined.
Did you know?... Supermarkets across the UK have been forced to empty their fridges of stock. As temperatures breach 35C in some parts of the country, retailers in Birmingham, West Bromwich, and Tipton, have all been forced to apologise to customers for food waste prevention actions they have taken to remove most frozen products from the in-store freezers which were struggling to operate under the heat. A similar story broke last summer, when the heatwave that swept continental Europe shut down fridges in Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn, which was forced to discard a selection of frozen fruit.
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